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Ban 'Regrets' U.N. Council's Failure on Syria Resolution

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon "regrets" the Security Council's failure to agree a resolution on Syria and believes there is a "moral obligation to prevent further bloodshed," his spokesman said Wednesday.

"The secretary general regrets that the Security Council has not been able to agree and hopes that it will overcome its divisions and find a collective way to address the situation," spokesman Martin Nesirky said of Russia and China's veto of a European-backed resolution on Syria.

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Libya New Leaders Order Heavy Arms Out of Tripoli

Libya's new leaders on Wednesday ordered all heavy weapons to be removed from Tripoli, warning their prolonged presence risked giving a bad image of the revolution which ousted Moammar Gadhafi.

"We call for heavy weapons to be removed from Tripoli and all the liberated towns, and for them to be gathered outside town," Ahmed Bani, spokesman for the National Transition Council's defense ministry, told a news conference.

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Palestinians 'Will Continue to Work with Blair'

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will continue to work with Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair, his spokesman said on Wednesday, despite criticism of his stance as "pro-Israeli."

"The Palestinian presidency will continue to work with him given he is the choice of the Quartet," Nabil Abu Rudeina told Agence France Presse by telephone from Strasbourg where Abbas is currently attending a session of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.

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Microsoft Opens First Latin America Tech Center

Microsoft has opened its first technology center in Latin America and promised to invest $690 million (522 million euros) in Mexicoin the next year.

The Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), inaugurated in Mexico City late Tuesday, is part of a network of 25 sites set up around the world by the company started by Bill Gates, including 11 in the United States.

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Pay off Your Credit Cards, Says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron faced criticism Wednesday for telling householders to pay off their credit cards to help the country weather the global economic crisis.

In advance extracts from his closing speech to the Conservative party's annual conference which were released by his office, Cameron was to dismiss calls to ease austerity measures and stimulate economic growth.

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German Car Market Powers Ahead in September

Germany's automobile market, Europe's biggest, continued to outperform its rivals in September, sector federation VDA said Wednesday, with a sharp rise in new cars sold in the country and exported.

A total of 280,800 new cars were registered in Germany, a rise of eight percent compared to the same month last year. There were 426,600 cars exported from Germany, an annual gain of six percent.

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Disney Plans More 3D Remakes after 'Lion King'

Disney plans to release 3D versions of four more classic movies, including "Finding Nemo" and "The Little Mermaid," after the success of the revived "The Lion King," the studio announced.

A 3D version of "Beauty and the Beast," originally from 1991, will hit screens in January next year, followed in September 2012 by Disney Pixar's "Finding Nemo," the cute fish tale which first made a splash in 2003.

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Study Shows Smoking to Cause up to 40 Million TB Deaths by 2050

Lung damage caused by smoking could cause an additional 18 million cases of tuberculosis and 40 million extra deaths from TB by 2050, according to a study published on Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The estimates derive from a mathematic model of smoking trends and smoking's impact on TB risk.

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Royal Wedding Dress Delivers Bumper Year for Palace

The dress worn by the former Kate Middleton when she married Prince William fueled a surge in regal tourism with 600,000 flocking to see the gown on display at Buckingham Palace, it emerged Tuesday.

Hordes of enthusiasts queued for hours to see the Alexander McQueen ivory and white satin-gazar dress, designed by Sarah Burton, swelling palace visitor numbers by 50 percent.

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Brazil Approves Obesity Drug Banned in U.S., Europe

Brazil on Tuesday approved the use of an anti-obesity medication, sibutramine, which has been banned in Europe and the United States, officials said.

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) said it would halt sales of weight-loss medications which are based on amphetamines, but allow sibutramine under heightened surveillance.

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