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Enjoying Christmas concert despite tycoon loan scandal: German President Christian Wulff and his wife Bettina attend a Christmas concert on December 17 in the Schlosskirche church in Wittenberg. Wulff was last week under pressure over a private loan he received from the wife of a tycoon friend. AFP

Over 650 killed in Philippine floods

Rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines rose past 650 on Sunday. With hundreds more still listed as missing, tropical storm Washi left Philippine territory after dumping heavy rains that overwhelmed rivers in the port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island at the weekend.

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‘RAW can intercept calls, e-mails’

Amid a raging controversy over its plan to screen social media, the UPA government has added and notified the external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), to the list of eight agencies to intercept phone calls, e-mails and data communications.


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US forces quit Iraq

After nearly nine years:

The last US forces left Iraq and entered Kuwait on Yesterday, nearly nine years after launching a divisive war to oust Saddam Hussein, and just as the oil-rich country grapples with renewed political deadlock.

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‘Russia to stop any attack on Iran’

Russia will try to stop any military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities as any threat to the Islamic Republic is a problem for Moscow, a Russian military expert told Press TV. Vladimir Yevseyev, the director of the Russian Center for Socio-Political Studies, told Press TV on Saturday that “a military attack against Tehran will be a serious problem for Russia, because Caucasus and Central Asia are strategic regions for Russia.”

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