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Bayern Still Title Favorites, Says Dortmund Boss

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted Bayern Munich are still the favorites to win this season's German league title despite his defending champions going top for the first time this season.

Bayern are at Bundesliga strugglers Mainz on Sunday, but Dortmund went top after Saturday's convincing 2-0 win over neighbors Schalke, their first home win over their rivals for more than four years.

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Tintin Auction in Paris Fetches 1.8 Mn Euros

A Paris auction of items related to Herge's comic book reporter Tintin, whose adventures have been adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg, fetched more than 1.8 million euros Saturday.

Auctioneers Arcturial said the sale, including costs, had brought in 1,873,396 euros ($2,480,095) -- far more than the one million euros expected.

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20 Killed in Attack on Yemen Sunni School

Shiite rebels killed 20 people and wounded 70 others in an attack on a Sunni Islamist school in northern Yemen, a tribal source said on Sunday.

The attack targeted the Dar al-Hadith school, a Muslim fundamentalist center set up in the 1980s to train Sunni preachers in Dammaj, a suburb of the Shiite stronghold city of Saada, said the same source.

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Emirates Security Court Jails Blogger

A United Arab Emirates court on Sunday sentenced a blogger and four other democracy activists to prison terms after finding them guilty of charges including insulting the Gulf state's leaders.

The State Security Court handed the blogger, Ahmed Mansour, a three-year prison sentence and the four others each received two years. They have no recourse to appeal.

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Michael Jackson Doctor to Be Sentenced

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is due back in court on Tuesday for sentencing, facing up to four years in prison after being convicted over the King of Pop's 2009 death.

Prosecutors want Murray to get the maximum jail term and be ordered to compensate the Jackson family for the star's loss of earnings, estimated at $100 million for the comeback shows he was preparing when he died.

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U.S. to Spend over $6 Bn in Iraq Next Year

The United States is to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq in 2012 even though its forces are to withdraw from the country by the end of this year, US ambassador James Jeffrey said on Sunday.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that the last troops would leave by year's end, but Baghdad will still host the largest American embassy in the world, with up to 16,000 people at the full mission.

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Egypt's Military Ruler Warns Crisis Must End

Egypt's military ruler warned on Sunday of "extremely grave" consequences if the turbulent nation does not pull through its current crisis.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, in comments carried by the nation's official news agency, also urged voters to turn out for the parliamentary elections starting on Monday.

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Putin Agrees to Run for Russian President

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed to be the ruling party candidate in 2012 presidential elections that he is certain to win and that will fix the country's political future.

His nomination at a glitzy congress of United Russia was a formality after President Dmitry Medvedev announced in September he would give way for Putin in the March 2012 polls and instead take the job of prime minister.

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Barcelona Slump to Defeat as Real Go Six Clear

Barcelona crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe on Saturday and now trail Real Madrid, who came from a goal down to beat nine-man derby rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, by six points.

It was the first defeat of the season for the reigning Spanish and European champions as Getafe frustrated their illustrious visitors, grabbing the three points thanks to a second half header from Juan Valera.

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Syrian Forces Shoot Dead 15 Civilians, 6 in Homs

Syrian forces killed at least 15 civilians on Sunday, six of them in the flashpoint region of Homs that has been under siege for several weeks in an operation to crush dissent, a rights group said.

The latest violence came as the Arab League voted to impose a raft of diplomatic and economic sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime for defying an ultimatum to allow observers into the country.

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