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As for the obvious delay in cabinet formation, Chamoun blamed some sides of imposing tough conditions on Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, in a bid to gain the upper hand at a number of key ministries.
Gunnison, Jumada I 16, 1433, Apr 8, 2012, SPA -- Favorable weather conditions helped firefighters gain the upper hand on two wildfires near Gunnison, officials said.
Even Didier Drogba's arrival as a second-half substitute, to the delight of a crowd of 37,034, could not separate the sides as each attempted to gain the upper hand in Group G ahead of their respective encounters with Brazil.
After surviving an early City onslaught, Tottenham slowly began to gain the upper hand in what was dubbed the pounds 50m match.
But by staying composed you can gain the upper hand and respect.
A MAIDEN Test century from Jean-Paul Duminy and a record-breaking ninth wicket partnership saw South Africa gain the upper hand over Australia on a remarkable third day of the second Test at the MCG.
Oftentimes women, in an effort to gain the upper hand in custody court, will falsely claim violence.
A characters' super-special 'Way Out Wacky Power', which can be used to gain the upper hand over sly opponents, is also up for grabs.
But the buying failed to gain the upper hand in the bond market as some investors sold bonds ahead of the auction, traders said.
Coverage of day one of the Third Test at Kingsmead in Durban, as both teams look to gain the upper hand.
Mike Poole and Scott Williams gave Newport hope with two tries in the opening eight minutes but Ponty's fluent counter-attacking soon saw them gain the upper hand.