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  • Western powers are preparing a tough response in case Assad regime deploys chemical or biological weapons, France's foreign minister said.

    A boy looks back while he and another boy play on a Syrian military tank, destroyed during fighting with the Rebels, in the Syrian town of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 4:00 AM EST
  • BERLIN (AP) — Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says she regrets nothing about the band's anti-government performance in a cathedral that got them convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years behind bars.

    Tolokonnikova told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine in an interview released Sunday that her conviction with her two band mates were Russian President Vladimir "Putin's personal revenge" which served to put a global spotlight on his government.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:30 AM EST
  • In this picture taken Aug. 30, 2012 , workers sort hops to be processed, during a harvest, near a village of Rocov, Czech Republic. Beer drinkers will have plenty to worry about this year after Czech authorities warned that bad weather has led to the country's hop harvest plummeting by around a quarter.

    Although the Czech hops harvest is expected to plummet by around a quarter this year due to bad weather, there's still plenty of stock to quench the huge thirst both at home and abroad.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
  • This image taken from TV footage provided by The Associated Press Television News shows a place where two women stabbed to death were found under this sign on the wall of their apartment in the central Russian city of Kazan on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. The sign is presumably written with blood, prosecutors said adding that the murderer probably tried to mislead police by the writing that supports three members of the provocative feminist band jailed for their "punk prayer" at a Moscow cathedral.

    The bodies of two slain women were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 10:00 PM EST
  • Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks as he present his new book about the wealth of Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Moscow, Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012. The Russian opposition leader claims that President Vladimir Putin is using billions of taxpayers’ rubles on 20 luxurious residences, dozens of jets, four yachts and a collection of exquisite wristwatches. The book is titled: The Life of a Galley Slave.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposition leader claimed.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 4:30 PM EST