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Kuwait MP Files to Quiz Premier over Alleged Graft

Kuwaiti MP on Tuesday demanded to question the new prime minister in parliament over corruption allegations which led to the collapse of the last government and dissolution of the house.

Shiite MP Saleh Ashour, a staunch supporter of the former premier, charged that current Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah had failed to take action on two major corruption scandals.

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British Ambassador Says Syria Regime Will Fall by Year's End

The Syrian regime will collapse before the end of the year, Britain's ambassador to Damascus predicted in an interview published Tuesday.

Syria is "like a dam with fissures in it," Simon Collis told The Times newspaper. "The pressure is building up and one quite probable scenario is that, when it breaks, it will do so very quickly.

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35 Killed as Syrian Army Pounds Rebel-held Towns

Syrian forces pounded rebel-held towns Tuesday and blasted a bridge used by refugees to escape to Lebanon, killing 35 people across the country, monitors said.

Twenty-three people were killed in the central province of Homs, seven in the southern province of Daraa, four in the northwestern province of Idlib and one in Damascus province, the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said.

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DR Congo Government Resigns

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed by Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito has resigned more than three months after legislative elections, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Muzito "presented the resignation of his government" to President Joseph Kabila, said the outgoing government's spokesman Lambert Mende.

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Report Raises Alarm over Laos Monkey Farms

Thousands of monkeys are being held in overcrowded and barren farms in Laos and sold for international laboratory research, according to a report from a British animal protection group.

Laos has exported nearly 35,000 long-tailed macaques since 2004 as part of a fast-growing trade in the species for research, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) said in a statement released Monday.

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Prince Harry to Visit Brazilian Favela, Watch Samba

Britain's Prince Harry was due in Brazil Friday for his first visit to the South American giant to launch the GREAT campaign promoting his country ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Making his first solo tour, the third in line to the British throne will launch the campaign from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain following festivities with samba dance and capoeira martial art presentations, a British embassy spokeswoman told reporters.

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Cheers for Pilati's Swansong at Yves Saint Laurent

Italian designer Stefano Pilati earned a standing ovation on Monday night as he sent out his swansong collection for Yves Saint Laurent before a star-studded gathering at Paris Fashion Week.

French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert were joined front row by the U.S. pop star Katy Perry -- sporting bright blue hair -- the soul singer Alicia Keys and the actress Rosario Dawson, in cheering the collection.

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Hungarian Jewish Writer Seeks Asylum in Canada

Octogenarian Jewish writer Akos Kertesz of Hungary is seeking asylum in Canada because of a "political campaign" against him, sources close to him in this country confirmed Monday.

Kertesz, 80, winner of the Hungary's most prestigious literary prize the Kossuth, arrived with his wife in Montreal last Wednesday. Since then, he has curbed his availability to media so as not to influence his refugee bid, the source also said.

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Women on The Back Foot in The Arab Spring

They were on the front line during last year's Arab uprisings, but women now fear for their rights as Islamists reap the fruits of revolt, winning elections in Egypt and Tunisia and gaining influence in Libya.

In Tunisia, the dominant Islamist Ennahda party has said it wants to fortify the personal status code, which bans polygamy and grants Tunisian women unparalleled rights in the region, by making it a basic law.

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The Real Lives Behind New Hit Book on Mumbai Slums

In her Mumbai shack, Manju Waghekar wonders if she will regret revealing the grim secrets of corruption, alcoholism and death among her friends and family for a searing new book on life in an Indian slum.

Manju, 23, is a central figure in "Behind the Beautiful Forevers", a true story that reviewers have hailed as an instant classic and a ground-breaking account of modern poverty.

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