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Paris: EU Slaps More Sanctions on Gadhafi's Regime

The European Union has slapped further sanctions on the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, targeting two "economic entities" linked to the Libyan strongman, France said Tuesday.

The measures decided Monday "reinforce the system of international sanctions" already in place against Gadhafi's regime, foreign ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages told reporters.

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Prosecutor Fired after Ex-Regime Ally Leaves Tunisia

Tunisia has fired its public prosecutor after a senior ally of the ousted Ben Ali regime was able to leave the country despite facing criminal investigations, the justice ministry said Tuesday.

Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi had found incompetence on the part of Nejib Maaoui and decided he had to be replaced, a ministry spokesman said.

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Qatar Postpones Iraq Friendly After Sacking Coach

Qatar says it has postponed Wednesday's friendly match against Iraq after sacking coach Milovan Rajevac and replacing him with Brazilian Sebastiao Lazaroni.

The unexpected departure of Rajevac came late Sunday after Qatar was beaten by Vietnam last month in the second leg of its 2014 World Cup qualifier. It still advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

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Ranieri Hits Out at "Lazy" Totti

Former Roma coach Claudio Ranieri has described club icon Francesco Totti as lazy, but as one of the best players he has ever coached.

Totti, 34, was believed by many to be the undoing of Ranieri at Roma.

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Italy and Spain Top Bill in International Week

With a vital set of European Championship qualifiers to come next month, this midweek's card of friendly fixtures offers a chance for coaches across the continent to do some fine-tuning.

It may be early in the season, but there are plenty of potentially exciting games on Wednesday, in particular the visit of reigning World and European champions Spain to Italy.

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Concussed Bayer Goalkeeper Suffers Memory Blank

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Fabian Giefer revealed Tuesday he can no longer remember what has happened to him in the last month after being concussed in a collision during last weekend's German league match.

The 21-year-old insists he has suffered a memory black-out since colliding with Mainz's Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 84th-minute of his team's 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

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Malaysian Runaway Bride in $365,000 Lawsuit

A Malaysian man is suing his runaway bride for 1.1 million ringgit ($365,000) after she called off the wedding with just six hours to go, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Civil servant Mohammad Masran Abdul Rahman, 32, is suing hospital technician Norzuliyana Mat Hassan, 28, in the second case of its kind in northern Kelantan state in just two months, his lawyer Latifah Ariffin told Agence France Presse.

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'Trekkies' to Boldly Go to Jordan Theme Park

Fifteen years after "Trekkie" King Abdullah II briefly appeared in an episode of Star Trek, Jordan is planning to construct a $1.5-billion-dollar park themed on the cult American science fiction series.

The "Red Sea Astrarium" will be built in the country's sole port of Aqaba, 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of Amman, spanning 184 acres (74.4 hectares), and will include a Star Trek-themed centre.

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Oil Prices Slump on Demand Fears

World oil prices hit multi-month lows on Tuesday as traders eyed the prospect of slowing energy demand in China and the United States, and as the OPEC cartel slashed its forecasts for oil consumption.

The energy market also suffered heavy falls, in line with tumbling global equities, as investors fretted over a possible new worldwide economic downturn and eagerly awaited an interest rate decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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Iraq Parliament Speaker: Syria Crackdown must End

The speaker of Iraq's parliament on Tuesday called for an end to Syria's deadly crackdown on anti-regime protests, saying the neighboring country must "stop the bloodshed."

"The bloody events occurring in Syria call for us to demand that the Syrian government stop the bloodshed, because the government is responsible for protecting the people," Osama al-Nujaifi said in a statement.

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