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Ancient Sidon: Sifting through the city's deadly history

Across the ruins of ancient Sidon, Matt Williams darts like one of the stick-like figures on the Mycenaean pottery he and his Lebanese and British colleagues have discovered. He bounds across bedrock, clambers along the medieval wall of Sidon, his hands gesticulating at still-damp wells and Roman columns inserted into Crusader walls. ďThis is the
Roger Federer 'is vulnerable' at U.S. Open, says Nick Bollettieri

He's the greatest player in the modern tennis era, perhaps even of all time, but is Roger Federer's stellar career fading to twilight?
Barcelona battle to victory in absence of Lionel Messi

What a difference a Messi makes. Last weekend "King Leo" inspired Barcelona to a seven-goal victory on the opening day of the Spanish soccer season, but in his absence Sunday the reigning champions battled to beat Malaga 1-0.
Football: Shock defeat for Man City

When Vincent Tan led a Malaysian takeover of Cardiff City in 2010, the Welsh soccer club was battling crippling debts -- and a long-awaited return to England's top flight was tantalizingly out of reach.
U.N. chief: Chemical weapons use in Syria must be punished

The use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity and must be punished, U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon told journalists Monday in Seoul, South Korea.
Assad: Chemical weapons claims 'insult to common sense'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western claims his regime used chemical weapons were an "insult to common sense" and warned the United States it faced failure if it attacked Syria, in an interview with a Russian newspaper published Monday.
US military ready to act over Syria chemical claims: Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the US military was ready to take action against the Syrian regime if ordered, but stressed that Washington was still evaluating claims of a chemical weapons attack.
Donít be fooled, Hezbollah hasnít forgotten Israel

The rocket attack last Thursday against northern Israel and the retaliatory Israeli airstrike near Naameh briefly turned attention away from Lebanonís northern and eastern border with Syria and back to the southern frontier.
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Residents were still coming to terms with the aftermath of the twin explosions that rocked this northern Lebanese city, as assessments of the damage were concluded and authorities prepared to rebuild and defy the destruction.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Is thunder a momentary scare or a warn≠ing of whatís to come? You wonít regret it if you follow your instinct to overreact in this case. It will be better than under≠reacting and the resulting ill prepared≠ness.
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati vowed on Saturday that the northern city of Tripoli will not yield, noting that those who carried out Friday's attacks will be pursued.
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stressed that the security forces are doing their utmost in order to thwart attempts to create strife in Lebanon, reported the Kuwait daily al-Seyassah on Sunday.
President Michel Suleiman urged Saturday disassociating Lebanon from regional interests, calling also for the formation of a new cabinet and the resumption of national dialogue sessions.
Neymarís first competitive goal for Barcelona and an injury worry for Lionel Messi puts the Brazil forward in the running for a place in the starting lineup at Malaga in La Liga this weekend.
Gareth Bale's imminent transfer to Real Madrid for a reported world-record fee has been criticized by Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino.
Carlos Tevez marked his Juventus debut with the winning goal, but it was not enough to put the Italian champions top of Serie A after the opening day of matches.
Bayern Munich celebrated the Bundesliga's 50th birthday by setting a new club record in Saturday's Bavarian derby against Nuremberg.
Serena Williams has lost only four matches this year and the world No. 1 is hoping her most recent setback can help her become the oldest winner of a U.S. Open women's singles title.
One suspect has been arrested in connection to a pair of car bombings that killed at least 45 people in northern Lebanon, the state-run National News Agency reported.
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