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February 23, 2000 file photo shows Whitney Houston holding her Grammy award for Best Female Rythm and Blues Vocal Performance for “Its Not Right but Its Okay” at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AFP

Nasheed rejects US compromise call

Ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed yesterday rejected a US call to compromise and dismissed proposals for a unity government to end political unrest. Nasheed, who insists he was removed in a coup, told supporters overnight in the capital Male that he would press for snap elections instead of pushing for his party to consider a coalition with his former deputy who succeeded him.

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Whitney Houston’s death stuns music world

She broke records and won the hearts of millions:

Stars and music industry leaders paid tribute Saturday to singer Whitney Houston, who died aged 48 on the eve of the annual Grammys show. Grammys organizing chief Neil Portnow called Houston “one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades.

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Syrian uprising spills into Lebanon

Syrian armour moved against protest flashpoints and a general was gunned down in Damascus on Saturday as the bloodshed showed no signs of abating, even spilling over into Lebanon. The Syrian National Council, or SNC, said Arab recognition of the opposition umbrella group was imminent, ahead of key talks on the crisis in Cairo on Sunday.

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Hamas ‘will never recognise Israel’ - Gaza PM

Hamas “will never recognise Israel,” its Gaza Prime Pinister said Saturday in a speech in Iran that is likely to complicate Palestinian efforts to form a unity government in the teeth of opposition from the Jewish state.

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