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Christmas celebrated in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional…

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World leaders gather as Vaclav Havel exits stage left

Dozens of leaders from all over the world were in Prague to attend the state funeral of the dissident writer, who helped to lead Czechozlovakia through the "velvet revolution" to freedom in 1989. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Prime…

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His Holiness The Dalai lama Expresses Concern Over Philippines Floods

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamsala, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has expressed his sadness and concern over the recent flooding in the Philippines that killed more than a thousand people and destroyed nearly 30,000 houses. “In a letter…

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Egypt: Protests Against Military Spread Beyond Cairo to New Cities

Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Protests calling for an end to military rule broadened from Cairo to other cities on Friday as thousands turned out in anger at widely circulated images of soldiers beating and stripping female demonstrators during a crackdown last weekend. It was the biggest outbreak of demonstrations outside the ...

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Prince Philip has heart surgery

PRINCE Philip had heart surgery on Friday to relieve a blocked artery after suffering chest pains as the Royal family prepared for Christmas. The Queen’s husband was rushed from Sandringham, the royal estate in rural Norfolk, to the top cardiac unit in the United…

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Breast implant scare: Interpol seeks French boss arrest

Interpol has said it is seeking arrest of the founder of a French firm at the centre of a global breast implants scare. The international police agency listed Jean-Claude Mas, aged 72, as being being sought in…

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Military plotting against me, says Pakistan PM Gilani

PAKISTAN'S embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said conspirators were plotting to bring down his government and delivered an unprecedented tirade against the powerful military. In astonishing confirmation that he fears being ousted, he angrily denied the government was subservient to the army, long considered the chief arbiter of power in Pakistan as his administration grapples with a damaging ...

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Shootings in Mexico’s Veracruz kill 16

MEXICO CITY — At least 11 people were killed by an armed gang on Thursday in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where drug-related violence flared this autumn, before five gunmen were shot dead by security forces. Only on msnbc.com Boehner announces deal with Reid on end to payroll tax impasse Was Shroud created in a flash? Claims rise again ...

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France recommends removal of risky breast implants

PARIS — Tens of thousands of women with risky, French-made breast implants should have them removed at the state’s expense, the health minister recommended Friday, adding that such removals were “preventive” and not urgent. While implants made by Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, have not been linked to an increased incidence of cancer, the risk that they could rupture and ...

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Nigeria coast braces for biggest oil spill in 13 years

LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) – Nigerian authorities were putting emergency measures in place on Thursday to prevent an oil spill from a Royal Dutch Shell facility, the biggest leak in Nigeria for more than 13 years, washing up on its densely populated coast. Tuesday’s spill, which Shell said happened while a tanker was loading oil, has led to the complete shutdown of ...

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