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112 Arrested in Europe Online Pedophilia Sex-abuse Bust

Police in 22 European countries have arrested 112 suspects for allegedly sharing online videos of children being sexually abused and raped, policing agency Europol said Friday.

"So far in 22 countries we have identified 269 suspects with 112 arrests,” Europol's director Rob Wainwright said at a press conference at Europol's headquarters in The Hague.

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17 Dead as Hundreds of Thousands Flood Syria Streets

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians protested nine months into their uprising on Friday, demanding the Arab League hasten its response to a bloody crackdown on dissent, as activists said security forces shot dead 17 people across the country.

Nine people were killed in the central province of Homs, three in the central province of Hama, three in the southern province of Daraa and two near the capital Damascus, the Local Coordination Committees reported.

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Tough Champions League Draw for Chelsea, Arsenal

England's two surviving representatives in the Champions League, Chelsea and Arsenal, were handed tough ties against Italian opposition in Friday's draw, while holders Barcelona will come up against Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.

Chelsea will take on Napoli, while Arsenal will meet reigning Serie A champions AC Milan, with both Premier League clubs travelling to Italy first.

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Sony to Launch PlayStation Vita Handheld Console

Sony on Saturday launches its next-generation PlayStation Vita handheld console in Japan, its gamble to take a bite out of the burgeoning smartphone market for games.

The new device features a five-inch (12 centimeter) organic LED touch screen and comes in WiFi and 3G models, according to the Japanese electronics giant.

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Royalists Protest Outside U.S. Embassy in Bangkok

About 100 royalists gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Bangkok on Friday in support of the kingdom's tough laws against insulting the monarchy, following criticism from Washington.

"We call on the U.S. embassy and Ambassador Kristie Kenney to apologize to all Thai people for their improper action towards our beloved king," said protest leader Chaiwat Surawichai.

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Greeks Fear Bankruptcy as Government Support Slips

An overwhelming majority of Greeks say their country is likely to go bankrupt, a poll found Friday, as support for a new coalition government eroded just over a month after it took office.

Over 65 percent of 2,000 people polled nationwide said Greece would ultimately be unable to break free of a national debt crisis despite a tough recovery plan followed under the supervision of the EU and the IMF for nearly two years.

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Bolt Eyes More Wins to Become a Legend

Record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt says he will not be regarded a legend of athletics unless he successfully defends his three Olympic titles in London next year.

"I want to be a legend in the sport and defending my Olympic titles will definitely help me in achieving this goal," the 25-year-old Jamaican was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Friday.

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Kwan Elected to U.S. Hall of Fame

American Michelle Kwan, who won five world championship titles, was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history with nine American titles.

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Villa Injury, Misfiring Torres Give Spain Headache

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque faced the prospect on Thursday of David Villa's broken leg pushing the defending champions' Euro 2012 hopes to breaking point.

Villa, dubbed King David for his spectacular scoring record of 51 goals in 82 internationals, faces five months on the sidelines after fracturing his left tibia in Barcelona's Club World Cup semi-final win over al-Sadd in Japan.

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Schweinsteiger's Return Set for New Year

Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger will not return to action until the start of the new year following recent surgery on a broken collarbone, his club Bayern Munich said on Thursday.

Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger said last week he hoped the midfielder would return before the start of the Bundesliga's winter break.

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