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Congo's army clashes with rebels near eastern city of Goma

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Congolese soldiers clashed with rebel fighters for the first time in nearly six months on Monday near the city of Goma, just days before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to visit the troubled eastern borderlands. _0"> Fighting began in the early morning after the Tutsi-dominated M23 rebels attacked government positions around 10 km (6 miles) north of mineral-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's largest city, a military spokesman told Reuters.   M23 seized and briefly held Goma last November despite the presence of thousands of U.N. soldiers. "The fighting has been with heavy weapons. It's still continuing although it is less intense ... We're sending reinforcements. We must protect the town of Goma at all costs," Colonel Olivier Hamuli said. M23 spokesman Amani Kabasha said that M23 had initially driven off an attack by the FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu rebel group based in Congo's volatile east, before coming under attack from government

Wayne and Coleen Rooney delighted after she gives birth to second son Klay Anthony

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Proud father Wayne Rooney has shared a picture of his newborn son Klay Anthony after wife Coleen gave birth in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 27-year-old footballer is seen cradling baby Klay Anthony Rooney while three-year-old Kai sits on his lap and radiant but tired Coleen, wearing a floral robe, envelops her family. Alongside the image, Wayne wrote: 'My family with our new baby boy Klay.' Growing brood: Wayne Rooney shared a picture of his newly-extended family after wife Coleen gave birth to their second son Klay Anthony Apple of her eye: Coleen later shared a black and white picture of herself nursing little Klay The picture came after Wayne announced the birth to his six million followers on Tuesday morning, writing: 'Our Beautiful Son Klay Anthony Rooney was born at 2.11am, Weighing 7Ib 11.5 oz. Both Klay and Coleen are fine..... We're all delighted!!' Coleen, also 27, echoed her husband's sentiments by adding: 'At 2.11am ou

Iran electoral watchdog hints at Rafsanjani rejection

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Iran's electoral watchdog said on Monday it would bar physically feeble candidates from running for president, in an apparent hint that it could disqualify 78-year-old former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from the race. Rafsanjani, if he is allowed to run, would be a significant challenge to conservative hardliners who are ultra-loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and who otherwise dominate the field for the June 14 presidential election.   The wily, pragmatic cleric, who has often been close to the heart of power since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, shook up the election contest earlier this month when he joined the race. But the Guardian Council, a conservative body of clerics and jurists that vets all candidates, may disqualify him, along with Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also registered to run at the last moment. "If an individual who wants to take up a high post can only perform a few hours of work

Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews confesses he could marry Miss Watson

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He has developed a reputation for being extremely averse to commitment and has only had three serious girlfriends his whole life. Yet, Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has surprisingly revealed that he could end up marrying his co-star Lucy Watson. The reality show lovers have become rather unpopular with certain other cast members, but despite this they have become a strong couple. The only way is marriage: Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews says that co-star Lucy Watson would make a great wife Viewers watched Spencer split from ex-girlfriend Louise Thompson earlier this month, and now the Sloane Square Lothario is happy with vixen Lucy Watson.   More... JIM SHELLEY: Made In Chelsea has re-invented the love triangle and it's surprisingly good viewing The love rat defeated! Spencer Matthews fails to make amends with Louise Thompson after Lucy Watson dumps him in Made In Chelsea Who's the weak one now? Lucy Watson's romantic tweets to 'boyfriend' Sp

Five dead in Israeli bank robbery

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A bank robbery in Israel on Monday ended with the deaths of five people, including one of the holdup men who apparently shot and killed himself when police launched a raid to free hostages. _0"> Police special forces surrounded the branch of Bank Hapoalim in the southern city of Beersheba after two robbers carried out the botched lunchtime heist in a residential street. Witnesses reported volleys of gunfire, and a nearby school went into lockdown. During the standoff, police apprehended one of the robbers, but the other remained holed up in the bank with at least one hostage, who later emerged unscathed.   "Four people have been killed and the robber apparently shot himself dead. The scene is now clear," regional police commander Yoram Levy told Israel Radio after his forces raided the bank. Israeli media reports said three bank employees and a customer were among the dead. Violent bank heists are rare in Israel. In 2011, a robber killed a security guard in a b

How embarrassing! A bra-less Lady Victoria Hervey gets kicked off the red carpet in Cannes after posing for too long

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Lady Victoria Hervey committed the ultimate faux pas at the Cannes Film Festival. As if her outfit choice, a rather revealing lace peach dress, wasn't enough - the 36-year-old former It girl posed for so long on the red carpet she was moved on by security. Socialite Lady Victoria, who is not even in French film Blood Ties, was told several times by security that she should move on because she was 'hogging the red carpet'. Scroll down for videos It was all going so well...: Lady Victoria Hervey poses up in her atrocious peach dress which barely covers her assets However the slim aristocrat would not be told and forced a rather dapper looking security guard to actually eject her from the star-studded red carpet.   More... All eyes on her! Marion Cotillard steals the show in a stunning flowing gown on the red carpet at Blood Ties premiere Lady Victoria, who is the daughter of the late 6th Marquess Of Bristol and his third wife Yvonne Marie Sutton, is known for her

Subsidy reform dispute imperils Morocco's ruling coalition

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Morocco's junior government party is threatening to quit the coalition unless Islamist prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane moderates plans for sweeping cuts to subsidies on food and energy. Increased subsidies have been part of Morocco's strategy to prevent popular discontent welling up into an uprising of the kind that has toppled rulers across north Africa, but the moderate Islamist PJD argues, along with the IMF, that they have become unsustainable. State subsidies on food and energy shot up to 57 billion dirhams ($6.6 billion) in 2012 - 15 percent of total public spending - from 48.8 billion in 2011 and 29.8 billion in 2010. Nevertheless, the conservative Istiqlal party, in a move that analysts said was likely to have the backing of the palace, the ultimate power in Morocco, said the PJD's reform plans were too radical.   "The PJD is ignoring our demands and trying to rule as if it controlled the whole government," party spokesman Adil Benhamza told Reute

Petra Ecclestone wears exercise gear and denim jacket to pick up some purchases for daughter Lavinia

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She is an expert in shopping for herself and now Petra Ecclestone has another excuse to indulge in a spot of retail therapy - making purchases for her daughter. The 24-year-old heiress and her husband James Stunt headed to a baby shop in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Monday and Petra was sporting her signature shopping style in workout wear and trainers. The couple emerged with a number of bags from upmarket boutique Bel Bambini with plenty of goodies for their daughter Lavinia. Petra Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt went out to shop for baby clothes in Hollywood on Monday Although the products in the store are pricey, money is no object for Petra, who is heiress to a billion pound fortune. Petra dressed in a casual outfit for the shopping trip and wore a pair of black cropped exercise trousers, a black vest and a denim jacket. As ever, she carried the ultimate Ecclestone accessory, a Hermes birkin bag, this time in sky blue. Keeping her style casual: The 24-year-ol