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The Syrian army is reported to have regained control of some Damascus suburbs recently held by rebel forces.

Russia has said it will block a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a transfer of power in Syria because it “leaves open the possibility of intervention” in Syria’s affairs.

The US, the UK and France are lobbying on behalf of the Arab League’s draft text, which calls for President Bashar al-Assad to hand power to a deputy.

The White House said Mr Assad had lost control of Syria, adding “he will go”.

But Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister said the text was “not balanced”.

Meanwhile, fighting in Syria continued as government troops bombarded the central city of Homs. Heavy machine gun fire was reported in the restive Bab Amr district.

At least 225 tank shells were fired at the suburbs of Damascus, activists said.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of anti-government groups, said 58 people were killed on Monday.

Their claims could not be independently verified, as the the BBC other international media are severely restricted inside Syria.

Earlier, reports said the Syrian army had regained control of some Damascus suburbs recently held by rebel forces.

Qatari backing

Moscow, which has maintained its ties to Damascus, has so far resisted moves for a UN resolution condemning the violence in Syria. Russia has a naval base in the country and supplies arms to Syria.

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Analysis

image of Barbara Plett Barbara Plett BBC UN correspondent

Western states hope Tuesday’s Arab League briefing to the Security Council can break the impasse over Syria. US and European foreign ministers will be present to demonstrate their support for the Arab plan, which they want the council to endorse.

But the Russians have met this combined offensive with rejection. Keen to protect a thriving arms trade with Syria, they have complained about the resolution’s call to stop the flow of weapons to the country (although it doesn’t impose an arms embargo).

But the critical issue is the fate of Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s closest Arab ally. The Arab peace plan calls on him to delegate power to a deputy. For the Russians this is regime change by another name.

So the bottom line is: can there be a compromise between Arab and Western states on the one hand, which says there there is no solution with Assad, and Russia on the other, which insists there is no solution without him.

“The current Western draft… certainly cannot be supported by us,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.

Mr Gatilov said the draft was “not balanced” and “leaves open the possibility of intervention in Syrian affairs”.

The White House said it supported a political solution to end the violence in Syria. However, spokesman Jay Carney said President Assad had lost control of his country and his regime would fall.

France says 10 of the 15 countries on the Security Council now support the Arab League text. A minimum of nine council members must lend their backing in order for a resolution to be put to a vote.

However, Russia – as one of the five permanent council members – can veto any proposed resolution.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett, at the UN, says Russia views the resolution as a first step towards regime change.

The UK has urged Moscow to reconsider its opposition.

“Russia can no longer explain blocking the UN and providing cover for the regime’s brutal repression,” said a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron.

On Monday, Russia also offered to mediate talks between the Syrian government and the opposition – a suggestion the opposition rejected out of hand.

The Syrian government has rejected the Arab League plan, which would see Mr Assad’s deputy forming a national unity government within two months.

The prime minister of Qatar and the secretary-general of the Arab League are also going to New York to seek support for the draft text. Qatar heads the League’s committee dealing with the Syrian crisis and has previously called for Arab countries to send troops into Syria.

On Saturday, the Arab League announced it was suspending its month-old monitoring mission in Syria because of an upsurge of violence.

Tank shells

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Reports from Damascus say residents in some areas heard the sound of bombing in the early hours of the morning.

Heavy fighting has taken place in the eastern suburbs for several days.

Over the weekend, troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive targeting several areas under the control of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).

They retook control of the suburb of Ghouta, with activists saying the FSA had beaten a “tactical” retreat.

On Monday, the Syrian army held funerals for 22 of its members killed in the previous 24 hours. The BBC’s Jim Muir, in neighbouring Lebanon, says on average 20 members of the security forces are being killed each day.

Reports have emerged suggesting security forces may have killed senior army defector Lt-Col Hussein Harmoush, one of the first military officers to publicly declare his opposition to Mr Assad last year.

However, the Free Syrian Army, many of whose members are based in Turkey, said they could not confirm the death.

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UK PM David Cameron gets a warm greeting from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a handshake from French President Nicolas Sarkozy

The EU’s 27 leaders are discussing how to create jobs and growth amid calls to go beyond enforcing budget discipline.

The EU has more than 23 million unemployed people and there are fears that wide-ranging budget cuts will harm enterprise and training.

The eurozone crisis is dominating the EU summit in Brussels, with debt-laden Greece still at risk of defaulting.

A budget treaty for the eurozone has been drafted. But Poland’s prime minister said it lacked ambition.

Donald Tusk said the new treaty – a “fiscal compact” – was “not entirely ambitious and not brave enough”.

Poland, like other new EU member states in the former communist bloc, is preparing to join the euro and feels it should be fully involved in eurozone meetings.

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Analysis

image of Chris Morris Chris Morris BBC News

The official summit agenda is growth and job creation, and it will be discussed in some detail. Unemployment will be perhaps the big issue in the French presidential election, and there are now more than five million people out of work in Spain – without reversing that trend the eurozone crisis isn’t going to ease.

Leaders will also try to finalise the text of the new fiscal treaty which all EU countries except Britain say they intend to sign.

Then there are the off-agenda items which always make an appearance on occasions like this.

Cometh the EU summit hour, cometh the Greeks… I’m sure they’d like to sit unnoticed in the corner for once, but Greece has developed an unwelcome habit of hogging summit headlines.

Mr Tusk said he wanted to be “participating in the decision-making process, in terms of how this fiscal compact is executed”.

Currently the draft treaty says signatories will hold summits at least twice a year. The attendance of non-euro countries is left to the discretion of the summit president, with the words “will invite when appropriate and at least once a year”.

The head of the Liberal group in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, echoed Mr Tusk’s criticism, in a BBC interview. He said the treaty “says nothing on jobs, growth and [European] solidarity”.

All member states – apart from the UK – are expected to sign up to the fiscal compact.

The goal is much closer co-ordination of budget policy in the 17-nation eurozone.

As the summit got under way there were fresh fears that Portugal might need a second massive bailout, like Greece.

The yield (interest rate) demanded for Portuguese sovereign bonds rose above 16% – an unsustainable level.

Hard times

A general strike in Belgium reminded EU leaders of public discontent with austerity as they arrived for the summit. It paralysed most of the Brussels transport system and disrupted international trains and flights.

The leaders exchanged views on how best to tackle youth unemployment and support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), many of which complain of excessive administrative costs imposed by Brussels.

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In 2012, much more attention will be given to growth. Why? Because many countries are heading into recession just as austerity measures start to bite”

image of Gavin Hewitt Gavin Hewitt BBC Europe editor

In a joint statement on economic growth they noted that cutting budget deficits was “not in itself sufficient”.

“We have to modernise our economies and strengthen our competitiveness to secure sustainable growth,” the statement said.

The EU will help to fund schemes to get young people into work or training in member states with the highest youth unemployment levels.

They pledged to speed up measures to develop the EU single market, including:

  • agreement on a common EU patent system by July;
  • better targeting of EU funds towards SMEs;
  • national legislation to create a functioning single market in services and energy.

The European Commission says 82bn euros (£69bn; $107bn) of EU money is available for countries to spend on projects to boost jobs and growth.

Greek debt mountain

The Commission also says it is confident a deal will be reached within days to reduce Greece’s colossal debt burden. But Greece could still run out of money as early as mid-February.

Private investors are being asked to take a 50% “haircut” (loss) on their Greek bonds in a complex bond swap, with the aim of scaling back Greece’s debt to 120% of gross domestic product by 2020.

A deal is crucial for the EU and International Monetary Fund to grant a long-awaited 130bn-euro second bailout for Greece.

In an interview for the Wall Street Journal on Monday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said only radical reforms in Greece could trigger the release of the funds.

“Unless Greece implements the necessary decisions and doesn’t just announce them… there’s no amount of money that can solve the problem,” he said.

The atmosphere remained tense at the weekend with a row over a leaked German proposal to put an EU budget commissioner with veto powers in charge of Greek taxes and spending.

Greece rejected the proposal outright, but its EU partners remain alarmed by its failure to meet tough fiscal targets.

At the summit German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down the idea of a special EU commissioner for Greece, calling it “a debate we should not be having”.

The EU is trying to put in place a bigger, more resistant “firewall” to prevent contagion spreading from Greece.

The eurozone plans to launch a 500bn-euro permanent bailout fund – the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – in July, a year earlier than first planned. It is expected to get the final go-ahead at the summit. The UK will not contribute to it.

Italy alone needs to refinance more than 300bn euros of debt this year and there are many voices urging the European Central Bank to boost the firewall to at least 1tn euros.

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Kweku Adoboli arrives at the City of London Magistrates Court on September 22, 2011.
Kweku Adoboli arrives at the City of London Magistrates Court on September 22, 2011.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kwaku Adoboli pleads not guilty and is scheduled for trial starting September 3
  • He is “sorry beyond words” for the UBS loss, his lawyer said last year
  • The $2.3 billion loss is potentially among the largest unauthorized trading losses ever
  • The UBS investment banking division posted a loss after the incident

London (CNN) — A trader accused of fraud over a $2.3 billion loss in unauthorized trading reported by Swiss banking giant UBS pleaded not guilty in a London court Monday.

The trader, Kwaku Adoboli, was ordered held in custody, and his trial was scheduled to begin September 3.

Adoboli faces a charge of fraud by abuse of position between January and September 2011, and he also faces two counts of false accounting.

His lawyer said he was “sorry beyond words” in a previous court appearance in September.

The loss would potentially be among the largest ever to a bank in unauthorized trading.

The trader was charged in September, a day after he was arrested in connection with the discovery of unauthorized deals at UBS.

Britain’s Financial Services Authority, the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service are also involved in investigating the case.

UBS said no client positions were affected by its $2.3 billion loss.

UBS posted a profit in the third quarter despite “the unauthorized trading incident,” it said in its quarterly report, but its investment banking division recorded a loss of 650 million Swiss francs ($708 million).

UBS chief executive Oswald J. Gruebel resigned two days after Adoboli was charged, though bank chairman Kaspar Villiger said in a statement that the bank regretted Gruebel’s decision.

Gruebel “feels that it is his duty to assume responsibility for the recent unauthorized trading incident. It is testimony to his uncompromising principles and integrity,” Villiger said.

<br/>World No. 1 Novak Djokovic's incredible five-set win over second-ranked Rafael Nadal was the longest final in grand slam history, lasting five hours and 53 minutes. But where does the marathon clash rank among tennis' finest title matches?
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s incredible five-set win over second-ranked Rafael Nadal was the longest final in grand slam history, lasting five hours and 53 minutes. But where does the marathon clash rank among tennis’ finest title matches?
The greatest ever?
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Novak Djokovic is focused on success at the French Open and Olympic Games in 2012
  • The world No. 1 beat Rafael Nadal in the longest grand slam final in tennis history
  • The marathon five-set Australian Open clash lasted five hours and 53 minutes
  • Djokovic has now defeated 10-time major winner Nadal in the last three grand slam finals

(CNN) — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has set his sights on a first French Open title after beating second-ranked Rafael Nadal in a epic five-set Australian Open final on Sunday.

The Melbourne final was the longest ever played in one of tennis’ four grand slams, as Djokovic claimed his fifth major crown and third in Melbourne with a 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5 win in five hours and 53 minutes.

When asked if this was his greatest win, the Serbian — who has beaten Nadal in the last three grand slam finals — told reporters: “Yes. Right now, yes.

“This one I think comes out on the top because we played almost six hours … I think it’s probably the longest finals in the history of all grand slams, and just to hear that fact is making me cry.

Can anyone stop champion Djokovic?

Djokovic friend salutes Aussie win

Pat Cash reflects on epic Aussie final

“I’m very proud just to be part of this history, part of the elite of the players that have won this tournament several times.

Djokovic wins ‘Marathon in Melbourne’

“I was very flattered to be playing in front of Rod Laver, in front of the all-time greats, and in front of 15,000 people that stayed until 1:30 a.m.”

Australian legend Laver is the last man to hold all four grand slam titles at one time, having achieved that feat for a second time in 1969.

Djokovic can match that if he wins the French Open for the first time in June, though his quadruple slam would be in a non-calendar year.

The 24-year-old hopes to improve his performance at Roland Garros, where last year he was beaten in the semifinals by 16-time major winner Roger Federer to end a 43-match winning run.

“I’m prioritizing grand slams this year, as every year, and the Olympic Games,” the 24-year-old said. “I think that’s one of my highest goals.

“So I want to do well and I want to get the first final at least in Paris. I have never been in finals there, and I have a feeling that I’m ready this year to achieve that.”

Djokovic has now won seven successive finals against Nadal, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but he gave due credit to the 2009 Australian Open champion after their marathon match.

“Unfortunately there had to only be one winner because we both gave it all. We both put 100% of our abilities on the court and played to the last moment,” he said.

“There couldn’t be two winners, but he definitely deserved to be a winner as well. I would be saying same thing if I was sitting here as a loser.”

After an intensive fortnight of competition, Djokovic said he planned to ban his friends from talking to him about tennis.

“Please, yes,” he joked when asked he was going to take a break from the game. “I’m going to definitely try to get that message to them.”

Sixty-seven percent of moviegoers listed Liam Neeson as the reason they purchased a ticket to
Sixty-seven percent of moviegoers listed Liam Neeson as the reason they purchased a ticket to “The Grey.”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • “The Grey” debuted in first place with a better-than-expected $20 million
  • “One for the Money” landed in third place with $11.8 million
  • “Man on a Ledge” underwhelmed with $8.3 million — enough for fifth place

(EW.com) — Liam Neeson, fighter of wolves, may be the closest thing the box office has to an alpha male.

The 59-year-old actor’s latest thriller, “The Grey,” debuted in first place with a better-than-expected $20 million, according to studio estimates.

That places the R-rated film just below the openings of Neeson’s “Taken” ($24.7 million) and “Unknown” ($21.9 million). It also represents a major win for Open Road Films, the new distributor formed by AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas. Although “The Grey” cost a reported $34 million to produce, Open Road acquired the wilderness-survival movie for just $5 million.

The well-reviewed but admittedly harsh film earned a middling “B-” rating from CinemaScore audiences. According to the market-research firm, 71 percent of the audience was at least 25 years old. Of particular interest, 67 percent of moviegoers listed Neeson as the reason they purchased a ticket to “The Grey,” confirming the actor’s drawing power. Neeson is now taking suggestions on what animals he should confront next. My vote: Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The weekend’s two other new movies, “One for the Money” and “Man on a Ledge,” witnessed less impressive debuts. Both films were promoted with $6 ticket offers through online coupon sites (Groupon for “One for the Money” and LivingSocial for “Man on a Ledge”). Also, with Lionsgate’s recent acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the studio was essentially competing against itself — “One for the Money” is a Lionsgate release, while “Man on a Ledge” is from Summit.

Weekend ‘Movie Pop’

“The Grey” worth your hard-earned green?

One for the Money,” a PG-13 action comedy starring Katherine Heigl as a bail-enforcement agent, landed in third place with $11.8 million. That’s slightly better than what many industry experts predicted, but still represents Heigl’s worst opening since breaking out in 2007′s “Knocked Up.” There’s a noticeable downward trajectory to the star’s recent box-office performance, with each of her last four films opening to a smaller amount than the movie before it. “One for the Money” drew an audience that was 75 percent female, and CinemaScore participants gave it a “B-” grade.

Man on a Ledge” underwhelmed with $8.3 million — enough for fifth place. The PG-13 thriller stars “Avatar’s” Sam Worthington, who has yet to prove he can open a film without being surrounded by big-budget special effects. According to CinemaScore, only 17 percent of audiences listed Worthington as their reason for buying a ticket. If there’s a bright spot for “Ledge,” it’s that the movie received a “B+” rating from CinemaScore audiences.

Among holdovers, “Underworld: Awakening” fell 51 percent for $12.5 million. That’s actually the best second-weekend hold for any “Underworld” movie. After 10 days, “Awakening” has grossed an estimated $45.1 million — more than any of its predecessors had in the same time frame. The World War II action film “Red Tails” dropped 45 percent for $10.4 million, bringing its two-week total to $33.8 million.

Also, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” crossed $200 million on Friday. After 45 days in theaters, “Ghost Protocol” has earned $202.6 million and is neck and neck with “Mission: Impossible II,” which collected $201.7 million in the same period. It’ll be a nail-biter as “Ghost Protocol” attempts to pass “Mission: Impossible II’s” final tally of $215.4 million to become the franchise’s top earner.

In limited release, “Albert Nobbs,” starring Oscar-nominated Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, debuted to a mediocre $770,000 from 245 theaters. A number of Best Picture nominees expanded this weekend to take advantage of their recent nominations. “The Descendants,” which increased its theater count from 560 to 2,001, jumped 176 percent to pull in $6.6 million. Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” rose 143 percent for $2.3 million. And the front-runner “The Artist” earned $3.3 million, pushing its cumulative total to $16.7 million.

1. The Grey — $20.0 mil

2. Underworld: Awakening — $12.5 mil

3. One for the Money — $11.8 mil

4. Red Tails — $10.4 mil

5. Man on a Ledge — $8.3 mil

Deadly cat and mouse game in Syria

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clashes between rebels and regime forces have reached suburbs of capital Damascus
  • Arab League has suspended monitoring mission in Syria as violence escalates
  • International intervention won’t happen without Russian approval, expert says

(CNN) — Ten months into the uprising in Syria, deadly clashes between opposition fighters and government forces have now spread to suburbs just 15 minutes from the heart of the capital Damascus.

What’s the latest on the ground?

The opposition said heavy fighting continued Monday between Syrian forces and the rebel Free Syria Army in Damascus suburbs, where Syrian forces have been battling to take back neighborhoods in Saqba and Maleiha located uncomfortably close to President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power in the capital.

Scores were killed Monday across Syria, including 22 in Homs, six in Daraa, five in Damascus and one in Idlib, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees.

Another opposition group reported violence in Rastan, Daraa, and other towns and cities across Syria.

Inside Syria’s ruling regime

Syrian activist speaks

The struggles for Syrian Kurds

In one part of Homs, Syrian forces battled to take back a neighborhood from the rebel army and anti-government protesters, according to an opposition activist who asked that his identity be withheld over a fear of government reprisal.

The dead and wounded littered the streets of the neighborhood, which was under siege, the activist said.

More than 5,000 people have died since March, when the government launched a crackdown against demonstrators, according to the United Nations. Opposition groups estimate a higher death toll, with counts near or exceeding 7,000 people.

How is the international community reacting?

The Arab League suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, recalling all of its observers around the country to Damascus as violence escalates.

While some Arab League monitors will leave the country, others will stay in Damascus, but none will be conducting missions at this time, according to Ali Erfan, senior advisor to Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby.

The U.N. Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would call on embattled president Bashar al-Assad to step down and transfer power.

Russia, which maintains trade relations with Syria, has proposed its own draft U.N. resolution that assigns equal blame for the violence on both al-Assad and the opposition, an option dismissed by the West.

In October, Russia and China issued a rare double veto of a resolution that lacked sanctions but would have condemned the violence in Syria. The draft that will now be considered also lacks sanctions but is tougher than the earlier version, which said nothing about transfer of power.

The Syrian regime has been under international pressure to stop the crackdown — and the U.N., the United States, the European Union and some members of the Arab League have called for President al-Assad to step down.

What did the Arab League monitors achieve in Syria?

The Arab League monitoring mission in Syria has been criticized for failing to stop the al-Assad regime’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protests across the country.

But the head of the Arab League observers in Syria, Sudanese Gen. Mohammed Ahmed al-Dabi, said the mission was designed not to bring an immediate end to violence but to investigate and observe the situation.

The choice of Al-Dabi to lead the mission was controversial in itself: he was part of the Sudanese security establishment that put down the rebellion in the breakaway region of Darfur a decade ago.

Still, one expert says the Arab League mission, which began on December 26, kept the world’s attention focused on Syria at a time when attention had been slipping away.

Map: SyriaMap: Syria

“The presence of monitors served to galvanize the opposition, and we saw an increased number of demonstrations and anti-government activity during that time period,” Middle East professor Chris Phillips from Queen Mary, University of London told CNN. “But as a consequence we also saw the government step up its visible repression of the protesters.”

While critics say al-Assad has used the Arab League mission as a cover to continue suppression of protests in Syria, Phillips says it was important that the League be seen to be acting on the Syrian crisis before taking the issue up with bigger organizations.

“The Arab League have now exhausted their own internal options and they can be seen to have taken action themselves to try to resolve the crisis,” said Phillips. “It would now seem legitimate for the Arab League to now turn to larger bodies, certainly the U.N., to take action itself.”

Individual states in the Arab League have called for al-Assad to step down, but the organization as a whole has failed to table a similar resolution — and Phillips says that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

“While it seems likely there is going to be some internal negotiation (on a resolution) taking place, it certainly seems very unlikely Lebanon or Iraq — states who are allied effectively to Iran and Syria — will ever join calls for Assad to stand down,” said Phillips.

Will the international community intervene like it did in Libya?

Nothing will happen in terms of military intervention in Syria unless Russia changes its current stance, according to Phillips.

“Russia have said quite clearly that they’re not going to support anything that would risk al-Assad being forced from power,” Phillips told CNN.

“If Russia gave the same kind of green light for Syria that it did for Libya, there’s every possibility that you’d see military intervention, probably coming out of Turkey,” Phillips said. “But Turkey have said they’re highly reluctant to intervene unless they have NATO or U.N. backing.”

Is the opposition united against the al-Assad regime?

The longer the fighting goes on in Syria, activists and Western diplomats say, the more radicalized the revolution is becoming.

Fringe elements of Muslim extremist groups are moving in and sectarian rifts are widening as feelings of despair descend on some flashpoint Syrian cities.

While the besieged city of Homs has traditionally been a place of religious tolerance, “there is a real sense now that that is changing and being manipulated by people on both sides” of the conflict, according to Phillips.

President al-Assad belongs to the Alawite Muslim sect while Sunni Muslims form the majority in Syria.

“The older Sunni merchant class that feel the city is theirs rightfully are now turning on the Alawites, who they see as these recent migrants that don’t actually belong in the city,” said Phillips.

Many Christians have fled to Damascus as communities begin to divide on sectarian lines. Salafists — Islamic radicals, many of whom have brought terror tactics honed in neighboring Iraq — are moving into Homs.

Hard-liners inside and outside the country are already jockeying for post-al-Assad power, while the Alawite community fears the prospect of persecution if the government falls.

“The regime is trying to persuade the Alawites that if they abandon the government, they will be wiped out in the dog-eat-dog aftermath,” Phillips said.

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Halle Berry just arrived at the L.A. County Courthouse … ready to do battle with baby daddy Gabriel Aubry.

Halle is trying to get a restraining order … prohibiting Gabriel from having any contact with Nahla until the child endangerment investigation targeting him is resolved.

Sources tell us … it’s possible Halle will be required to testify today. Gabriel is trying to get an order firing the nanny … something Halle doesn’t want.

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Reggae emerges in California –   Jah Sun on the Rise!

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JAH SUN “Battle the Dragon” Promo Mix by DJ CHILD of P.G.M.

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From the heart of Humboldt County, California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific, Jah Sun emerges as an artist dedicated to global and social healing. Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae and world music with conscious and uplifting lyrics, he hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others to live to their ultimate potential.

 

Jah Sun brings his message of love and unity with a variety of vocal styles. From fierce hip-hop explo- sions, to melodic ballads, rootsy anthems and sensual dancehall licks, he brings something for everyone. Re- gardless of style, the common theme throughout all his music is the consistent message of positivity, love and respect, and kindness to all.

 

Jah Sun has gained great recognition in the reggae industry and other mainstream markets. In 2006, he was nominated for “Hip-Hop Single of the Year” at the ‘LA Music Awards’. In that same year, his single entitled ‘Fyah Dance’ was featured on the fall season premiere of MTV’s hit show, “Laguna Beach”. This momentum continued the following year when FUEL TV’s Vans Downtown Showdown featured singles “The Height of Light” and ‘Nuff a Dem’. To date, “No Bonez No Blood” has received the most international recognition with the highest rotation on radio and television worldwide.

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One thing that is for sure about Jah Sun, is that since he appeared on the scene in 2006 he has been one of the fastest rising reggae talent in Northern California, selling thousands of albums and touring some of the most popular festivals in the west coast including: Reggae Rising, Earthdance, Monterey Bay, Seattle Hempfest and Northwest World Reggae Festival. Jah Sun continues to gain new fans every step of the way even in Europe where he has recently captured audiences in major cities in Italy, Sweden and Spain.

His most recent project is the recording of his newest album “Battle the Dragon” which he says was inspi- red by “the state of the world” in this current time. He explains that people are constantly battling with different elements from “the rebellions in the middle east, the riots in London and even our own – Occupy Wallstreet”, the album is an expression of how we should combat these negative situations as “it is evident that the world is ready for a new paradigm.”

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Battle ‘the dragon’ can mean different things to different people, but he believes the “the dragon is an illu- sion that we are not all one people, and that we are separate from the earth and each other.” Jah Sun ex- presses great passion in the execution of his work, using personification and imagery to tell his story. In his opinion, the victory in the battle can only be achieved when people realise that that they are in fact connected to the world and each other. “I feel this is the only way to restore harmony to the earth and her children,” he said.

 

Like his recent records, the current album will feature collaborations with some of the biggest names in reggae including MOBO award winner Alborosie from Italy, Gentleman from Germany, J Boog representing the Pacific Islands, Gappy Ranks out of London and Mr. Perfect from Jamaica – the original home of reggae music. According to the Cali native, the artistes featured were carefully selected and their contribution symbolises the enormity of reggae music’s impact around the world.

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“On this album I wanted to show how the music and message from Jamaica has spread all over the world. I wanted to feature guests from all over the world to show the unity in the music,” he explained. This is the fourth album recorded by the artiste since his debut in 2006. “Battle the Dragon” is scheduled to be released in 2012. The newest singles are currently available on itunes including tracks from his pre- vious albums ‘Height of Light’, ‘Stronger’ and ‘GRAVITY’ .

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Mixtape Releases 2012

 
Jayharno – Jayday
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Royal Vibes
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Bashment Brothers Intl
Release Year: 2012

DJ FLEX – EARLY WINTER VYBZ MIXTAPE
75 hits
DJ’FLEX MASTER’MIXERS
Release Year: 2012

CARNIVAL IS HERE (GROOVY MIXTAPE)
135 hits
DJ DAFEAR (FROM WARRIA SOUND)
Release Year: 2012

SUPA ICEY DANCEHALL SUPER MIX
62 hits
DJ SUPER G
Release Year: 2012

2012 Soca Airport Mixtape V.2 (Tunes To Know Before Yuh Land)
216 hits
DJ JEL
Release Year: 2012

Dancehall massacre (The ravers edition)
108 hits
DJ STULLA
Release Year: 2012

Carnival Foreplay 2012
506 hits
Close Connections
Release Year: 2012

ASPIRE FAMILY PRESENTS TO YOU MORE SOCA TO COME VOL.1
207 hits
DJ DOUGLA & DJ ART
Release Year: 2012

COLOURS – TRINI SOCA MIX 2012 (PART 1)
267 hits
THREEKS
Release Year: 2012

EXTREME SOCA: D’ENFORCAS OFFICIAL 2K12 CARNIVAL MIX
230 hits
D’ENFORCAS – Canada’s Number One SOCA Sound Crew
Release Year: 2012

New Era Vibez Official Dancehall 2011 Mix
136 hits
Dj NeweraNerd
Release Year: 2012

GET YOUR ASS OUT OF NEW YORK SOCA MIX 2012
166 hits
Mr. Groove (GBM)
Release Year: 2012

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
137 hits
BRANDON STRIKER [JUGGLERS]
Release Year: 2012

Floops Fixes – Groovy Soca Mix
80 hits
Dj Floops
Release Year: 2012

Back In The Days Soca Mix
145 hits
Mr. Groove (GBM)
Release Year: 2012

Explicit Soundz Presents I Am Soca Mix 2012
292 hits
Explicit
Release Year: 2012

MASTERLINE PRODUCTIONS 2012 SOCA MIX
133 hits
J.MASTERLINE
Release Year: 2012

Extreme Soca Mix 2012
372 hits
Dj Extreme
Release Year: 2012

Full A Culture Back In De Day Mix
169 hits
Dj Sound Lion
Release Year: 2012

JUST DANCEHALL VOL 1
217 hits
PRETTY ROX
Release Year: 2012

SUPER SOCA 2K12
255 hits
PRETTY ROX
Release Year: 2012

Culture Megamix By The Culture Lovers Higher Fidelity Sound
138 hits
DJ IShasta
Release Year: 2012

Work Vs Wuk The Part 3 (The Trinidad Carnival Send OFF!!!)
246 hits
SoundStarlution
Release Year: 2012

Work Vs Wuk The Part 2 (70 Plus Soca Tracks!!!)
138 hits
SoundStarLution
Release Year: 2012

P-Dub : Hooks & Verses Mixtape (2012)
23 hits
P-Dub
Release Year: 2012

Soca Sampla 2012
418 hits
DJ Kaotic International
Release Year: 2012

A Dancehall Ting Vol. 13
179 hits
DJ Curt Dinero
Release Year: 2012

Soca mix 2012 vol.1
198 hits
Explosion Sound company
Release Year: 2012

2012 SOCA ROADBLOCK (PRE CARNIVAL EDITION)
284 hits
MISTA REDD
Release Year: 2012

soca mix 2012
154 hits
Explosion Sound Company
Release Year: 2012

FREAKUM DRESS VS LINGERIE PART 2 PROMO CD MIXTAPE
136 hits
DJ TRINIYANKEE DJ TWIZZO & DJ TRE50
Release Year: 2012

Sexiniss
36 hits
Crystal
Release Year: 2012

Sunset The World Cruise 2012 Promo Mix
87 hits
Selector Kay Gee
Release Year: 2012

RIDING DA SURFACE RIDDIM INSTRUMENTALS – X-CALADE PROMOTIONZ
31 hits
X-CALADE PROMOTIONZ
Release Year: 2012
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