Reuters World News Highlights

BERLIN – Following a now-familiar script, Europe again  averted disaster in its debt crisis when German lawmakers  rallied behind Chancellor Angela Merkel to approve a stronger  euro zone bailout fund yesterday.
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 AMMAN – Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  hurled rocks and tomatoes at U.S. ambassador Robert Ford’s  convoy as he visited an opposition figure in Damascus yesterday in an attack the U.S. said was “wholly unjustified”.
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 TRIPOLI – Desperate civilians are fleeing the besieged  Libyan coastal city of Sirte where the battle to dislodge  fighters loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi has caused heavy  casualties, U.N. and other sources said.
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 WASHINGTON – As the dust settles after six months of  fighting in Libya, U.S. officials are stepping up efforts to  identify Islamic militants who might pose a threat in a  post-Gaddafi power vacuum.
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 ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s intelligence chief yesterday denied  U.S. accusations that the country supports the Haqqani network,  an Afghan militant group blamed for an attack on the American  embassy in Kabul.
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 SANAA – Gunfire hit a protest camp in southern Yemen late yesterday, after fighting in northern districts of the capital  broke a truce aimed at ending the worst violence since a revolt  against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began eight months ago.
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 CAIRO – Political parties from across Egypt’s political  spectrum threatened to boycott elections scheduled to start in  November unless the country’s military rulers amend the election  law.
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JIUQUAN, China – China successfully launched an experimental  craft yesterday paving the way for its first space station  amid a blaze of national pride, bringing the growing Asian power  closer to matching the United States and Russia with a long-term  manned outpost in space.

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 WASHINGTON – With billions of dollars in Medicaid spending  at risk in Congress, U.S. states are forming a loose confederacy  to oppose any federal cuts that could damage state budgets  already awash in red ink.
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 MITROVICA, Kosovo – Serbs reinforced barricades in northern  Kosovo’s divided city of Mitrovica yesterday and NATO  peacekeepers were out in force, two days after 20 people were  injured in clashes.

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