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Pfizer’s slams India’s patent regime, says Indian standards are vague and malleable

American drugmaker Pfizer Inc has slammed the patent regime in India, telling a domestic industry body in a letter that all patents that the company has managed to get in the country do not have any meaning.

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USTR retains RP in Watch List despite IPR improvements

Despite strong praises for the improvements in the intellectual property rights regime in the country, the US government has still retained the Philippines on its 2013 Watch List as it raised new issues that this major US ally must make progress on, such as online piracy, improve predictability with respect to search and seizure orders, and patentability of chemical forms.

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Airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least 43

BEIRUT Government airstrikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and leveled buildings, forcing residents to search mounds of rubble for bodies trapped underneath, anti-regime activists said Thursday. The strikes late Wednesday and early Thursday hit at least five towns in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

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General says all Damascus retaken, Aleppo pounded

DAMASCUS – The Syrian army said it has seized the last rebel-held district of the capital as insurgents in the strategic northern city of Aleppo came under heavy bombardment by regime forces.

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Outrage as students killed in anti-regime protests in Syria

Syrian troops have killed four students and arrested some 200 after storming an anti-regime protest at Aleppo University, in the north of the country.

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United Nations monitors tour Syria as violence lulls

DAMASCUS : United Nations ceasefire monitors were touring towns near the Syrian capital on Monday, an official said, as the European Union slapped new sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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First team of UN monitors heads to Syria, truce buckling under regime shelling of Homs

BEIRUT – Syria's 4-day-old cease-fire appeared to be quickly eroding Sunday, with regime forces firing dozens of tank shells and mortar rounds at neighbourhoods in the opposition stronghold of Homs, hours before the arrival of a first team of U.N. truce monitors.

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