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Libyan Rebels 30 Km from Sirte

A top Libyan rebel commander said on Sunday insurgent forces were 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown bastion of Sirte and 100 kilometers away in the east after seizing Bin Jawad.

"We took Bin Jawad today (Sunday)" on the eastern front, and "the rebel fighters from Misrata are 30 kilometers from Sirte" in the west, Mohammed al-Fortiya, the rebel commander in Misrata, told AFP.

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Turkey Says Has Lost Confidence in Syrian Regime

Turkey has lost confidence in the Syrian regime as its deadly crackdown on protestors continues, the Anatolia news agency quoted President Abdullah Gul as saying on Sunday.

"Actually (the situation in Syria) reached a level that everything is too little, too late. We lost our confidence," Gul told Anatolia in an interview to mark his fourth year in office, referring to unfulfilled promises Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had made to halt the onslaught.

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Webber Signs New Red Bull Deal

Mark Webber celebrated turning 35 on Saturday by signing a one year extension to his Red Bull contract for the 2012 season.

The Australian, who topped the times in practice Friday for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, said: "I want to continue racing at the top in Formula One so it’s a no-brainer to remain at Red Bull Racing for another year.

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Eto'o Saves Day for Anzhi on Russian Debut

Anzhi Makhachkala debutant Samuel Eto'o saved the day for his new club by scoring an equalizer to rescue a 1-1 draw at Rostov in the Russian Premier League on Saturday.

The 30-year-old came on as a substitute in the 57th minute, prompting great excitement in Rostov's 17,000-seater stadium, where 1,500 Anzhi fans had travelled to witness their new favorite’s first appearance.

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Chelsea Hopeful over Drogba's Horror Head Injury

Chelsea are hopeful Didier Drogba's head injury will be confirmed as nothing more serious than concussion after the Ivory Coast striker was taken to hospital during his side's 3-1 win over Norwich.

The Ivory Coast forward was stretchered off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after a mid-air collision with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy that was compounded by a heavy fall to the turf.

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Flooding Kills 20 in Southwestern Nigeria

Heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in southwestern Nigeria and led to houses being submerged has killed 20 people and displaced thousands, an emergency management agency spokesman said on Sunday.

"Twenty confirmed dead," said Yushau Shuaib of the flooding in the city of Ibadan. "A dam overflowed its boundary ... It's a very serious situation."

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Saudi Prince in Mogadishu Pledges Aid

A delegation from the Saudi royal family arrived Saturday in Mogadishu on a one-day visit to see how best to assist the Horn of Africa country hit by famine and drought, officials said.

The delegation, led by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah and one of the kingdom's wealthiest men, arrived in late morning and visited camps for those displaced by the crisis and Banadir hospital, where acutely malnourished children have been dying in large numbers.

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Shielded by Wealth, UAE Takes Slow Steps to Democracy

The oil-rich United Arab Emirates holds its second-ever polls next month after allowing many more citizens to vote, taking baby steps toward democracy in a state where virtually no one is pushing for quick change.

Eligible voters are picked by rulers of each of the seven sheikhdoms that comprise the UAE federation, using criteria that are not entirely clear. Candidates must come from the same hand-picked electoral college.

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Indian Anti-Graft Activist Ends 13-Day Fast

Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare ended his 13-day hunger strike on Sunday triggering wild celebrations among supporters after parliament agreed to consider his demands.

Hazare's fast at an open-air venue in New Delhi attracted tens of thousands of people every day as a nationwide protest movement emerged to back his cause, leaving the government appearing badly out of touch with public opinion.

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Gaza Rocket Hits Southern Israel

A rocket fired from Gaza on Sunday hit southern Israel in what was the fourth projectile lobbed across the border since a truce took hold two days earlier, Israeli officials said.

The rocket landed near Khatzerim, a village just west of the southern desert city of Beersheva, a police spokeswoman said.

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