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Syrian Army Conducts Widespread Raids, Arrests
May 03, 2011
BEIRUT – Syrian troops went door-to-door in cities and towns across the nation Monday, arresting scores of people in a campaign of intimidation aimed at crushing an uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, activists said.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,...
Iranian Carries Report of Israeli Build-Up
May 03, 2011
TEHRAN – Iranian state television ran a report Monday saying Israeli military aircraft were massing at a U.S. air base in Iraq for a strike on Iran.
The report appeared on the website of Press TV. Israel said it had no knowledge of such a strike plan and Iraq's air force commander denied the Iranian...
Gadhafi’s Son Killed in NATO Strike
May 02, 2011
TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli that killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren, a government spokesman said early Sunday. Hours later, Gadhafi's forces shelled a besieged rebel port in a sign that the airstrike had not forced a change in regime tactics.
NATO's attack on a Gadhafi family compound in a residential area of Tripoli ...
Iran to Equip Submarines with Missiles: Commander
May 02, 2011
TEHRAN - Deputy Commander of Iran's naval forces Admiral Farhad Amiri said Sunday Iran's navy submarines will be outfitted with missiles in the near future, the English language satellite Press TV reported.
"Using torpedoes has its own associated limitations ...We are moving toward equipping our submarines with missile launching systems," Amiri was quoted as ...
Obama Talks with King of Bahrain on “Ongoing Situation”
May 02, 2011
>WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke over phone with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to discuss the "ongoing situation" in the Gulf state, White House said in a statement. Obama said that the United States believes that Bahrain's stability depends upon "respect for the universal rights" of its people, according to the statement. He also called for a process of "meaningful reform" that is responsive to the
Egypt’s Brotherhood Contests Half of Parliament Seats
May 02, 2011
CAIRO – Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday its newly formed party will contest up to half the parliamentary seats in an election scheduled for September but would not field a candidate for the presidency.
The group is regarded as the most organized political force in Egypt following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in February ...
NATO Powers Reject Gadhafi’s Truce Offer
May 01, 2011
RIPOLI, Libya – NATO powers rejected Moammar Gadhafi's call for a cease-fire and negotiations on Saturday, saying they need "actions not words," and aid ships were prevented from docking in a besieged coastal city while the alliance swept the port for mines.
Human Rights Watch said two mines had been destroyed by NATO forces combing the Misrata port while a third was...
Mubarak Could Face Death Penalty: El-Guindi
May 01, 2011
>CAIRO – Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak would face the death penalty if convicted of ordering the shooting of protesters during the uprisings that brought him down, the country's new justice minister said Saturday.
Mohammed el-Guindi told the daily Al-Ahram Saturday that Mubarak, his two sons and wife are also facing allegations of...
William and Kate Seal Wedding with Balcony Kisses
april 03, 2011
LONDON- Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey on Friday in a sumptuous show of British pageantry that attracted a huge world audience and breathed new life into the monarchy.
Hundreds of thousands of people waving flags and banners poured down London's Mall Boulevard to cheer the newlyweds as they kissed ...
Turkey Supports Syria’s Reforms: Davutoglu
April 30, 2011
NKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday Turkey expects reforms to be carried out in Syria and supports the government's efforts to meet its people's demands, local media reported. Turkey expects the Syrian administration to implement political, social, economic and security-related reforms and to take ...
Obama, Turkish PM Discuss Developments in Middle East
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to continue the two leaders consultations on developments in the Middle East," the White House said late Monday.
Obama expressed "appreciation for Turkey's ongoing humanitarian efforts in Libya and its participation...
Italy, France Ask EU to Revise Border Treaty
OME – Italy and France asked the European Union on Tuesday to revise the Schengen border treaty that permits passport-free travel through Europe to take into account "exceptional" situations like the recent massive flood of Tunisian immigrants.
France has harshly criticized Italy for granting temporary residency permits to some 20,000 Tunisian migrants...
Russia Calls for Stricter Nuclear Safety Rules
KIEV, Ukraine – Russia's president argued Tuesday that tough international guidelines could help prevent accidents like the massive Chernobyl meltdown, defending nuclear energy during solemn ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history.
Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in a religious service outside...
Iran Uncovers Second Cyber Attack: Jalali
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has been hit by a second computer virus, a senior military official said Monday, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the country's disputed nuclear program.
Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of an Iranian military unit in charge of combating sabotage, said that experts discovered the "espionage virus," which he called...
Syria Uses Army to Crush Uprising; at Least 5 Dead
>BEIRUT – Syria sharply escalated its already deadly campaign to crush a five-week uprising early Monday, sending troops backed by tanks, snipers and knife-wielding security forces into the southern city where the rebellion began. At least five people were killed and dozens arrested, witnesses and activists...
Japan PM under Pressure After Party Falters in Local Polls
TOKYO – Unpopular Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces fresh pressure to quit after his ruling party's losses in local elections on Sunday, weakening his clout as he struggles to contain a nuclear crisis and find ways to finance post-quake rebuilding.
Kan is unlikely to step down easily, but the outcome of the polls will make it harder to get opposition ...
S.Sudan Clashes Kill 165 in A Week: Army
JUBA, Sudan – At least 165 people have been killed in the past week in fighting between south Sudan's army and militia, the army said Monday, part of a wave of violence in the territory ahead of its independence in July.
Forces loyal to two renegade army commanders fought the southern army (SPLA) in Jonglei and Unity states, killing soldiers, rebels, northern tribesman and...
Elbaradei Suggests War Crimes Probe of Bush Team
NEW YORK — Former chief UN nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the “shame of a needless war” in Iraq.
Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of “grotesque...
China, Japan, S. Korea Urge Further Efforts for Trilateral Investment Framework
TOKYO - Trade ministers from China, Japan and South Korea agreed on Sunday to make further efforts to reach a substantive agreement in the Trilateral Investment Agreement negotiation at an early date, according to joint statement.
The document of the 8th Economic and Trade Ministers' Meeting among the three countries in Tokyo also called for accelerating a joint ...
Thousands Call for Assad Overthrow at Syria Funeral
AMMAN – Thousands of Syrians called for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad Sunday at a funeral for protesters killed by security forces in the southern town of Nawa, a witness said.
"Long live Syria. Down with Bashar!" the mourners chanted, their calls audible in a telephone call during the funeral. "Leave, the ...
In Easter Message, Pope Urges Diplomacy in Libya
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI contrasted war and hunger with the joy of Easter Sunday and issued a ringing call for diplomacy to prevail over fighting in Libya, for nations to welcome refugees from conflict and for Middle East leaders to respect their citizens.
Benedict celebrated Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square, packed with...
Opposition Dragging Yemen Into War: Saleh
SANAA/ADEN, Yemen – Yemen's president on Saturday accused the opposition for dragging the country into civil war, as Yemenis boarded up their shops and businesses across the country in protest against his rule.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a speech in the capital Sanaa, called on Yemen's youth to form a political party according to the constitution and said the Arab state would not accept any tutelage "whatsoever." "They (the opposition) want to drag the area to civil war and we...
Rebels in Besieged Libyan City Claim A Victory
TRIPOLI, Libya – Government troops retreated to the outskirts of Misrata under rebel fire Saturday and the opposition claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi following nearly two months of laying siege to the western city.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, said the U.S. Air Force carried out its first Predator missile strike in Libya on Saturday, but gave no details. Libyan government...
Chile Seeks to Eliminate Extreme Poverty By 2020
SANTIAGO - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said Friday that extreme poverty in the country should be wiped out by 2020.
Chileans should prepare themselves to live in a developed country without poverty, Pinera said on his Twitter account.
"This is a moral imperative, nothing and nobody will impede us from reaching this great and ambitious goal," Pinera said.
"Having 500,000 Chileans living in extreme poverty and 2.6 million in poverty injures...
Sarkozy Agrees to Visit Benghazi: Report
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has agreed to visit Benghazi, the stronghold and administration base of Libyan rebels, an unidentified source of the Elysee Palace was quoted as saying by local media on Friday.
The president has offered "his agreement in principle" to visit Benghazi, the ...
Ban Calls for Immediate End to Violence in Syria
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the ongoing violence against protesters in Syria, and called for it to stop immediately, a UN statement said Friday.
Large-scale anti-government protests erupted Friday in major Syrian cities, with protesters chanting for change and shouting anti-government...
Medvedev to Discuss Investment Climate Improvement
MOSCOW - President Dmitry Medvedev will chair an economic conference on Friday to discuss the implementation of measures he proposed to improve investment climate to Russia.
It is expected that Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika will report about the implementation of the presidential instruction on enhanced anti-corruption fight and improved state services. The deadline expired on April...
US, China to Hold Human Rights Talks
BEIJING – The United States said it will hold hold human rights talks with China in Beijing next week, amid a Chinese crackdown on government critics that has drawn US condemnation. The “discussions will focus on human rights developments, including the recent negative trend of forced disappearances, extralegal detentions, and arrests and convictions,” the State Department said in a statement on...
Russia, U.N. Reach Consensus on International Affairs
MOSCOW - Russia and the United Nations vowed Friday to continue efforts to ensure international security, after a meeting here between the Russian president and the U.N. chief.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said President Dmitry Medvedev and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had reached consensus on a wide range of international...
Ban Calls for Worldwide Review of Nuclear Safety Standards
KIEV - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for a worldwide review of nuclear safety standards during a trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. "The standards of nuclear safety should be fully reviewed. The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) must work carefully in this...
Russia Must Be Strong to Resist Threats: Putin
MOSCOW – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that Russia must be strong to fend off foreign threats and lauded a long list of his own achievements, a show of muscle seen as a signal that the powerful leader intends to reclaim the country's presidency next ...
Japan Mulls A Stricter Evacuation Zone Near Plant
TOKYO – Japanese authorities may for the first time strictly enforce their evacuation zone around a crippled nuclear plant, citing concerns Wednesday over radiation risks for residents returning to check on their homes.
About 70,000-80,000 people were living in the 10 towns and villages within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami wrecked its power and cooling systems, setting...
Turkey-EU Negotiations at Bottleneck: Turkish FM
ANKARA - There are serious problems between the general positions of Turkey and the European Union, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his visiting Romanian counterpart Teodor Baconschi in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Davutoglu said the problems were discussed transparently in Tuesday's EU-Turkey Association ...
Urgent UN Rights Meeting on M.E Unrest Planned
GENEVA – Several members of the U.N.'s top human rights body are pressing for an emergency meeting to examine the government crackdowns against popular protests that have swept the Middle East and North Africa, Western diplomats said Wednesday. The countries, from Latin America, Europe, North America and Asia, are trying to collect 16 signatures necessary to force a special session of the U.N. Human Right...
Ban Urges “Global Re-Think” on Nuclear Safety
KIEV – The nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Japan's Fukushima have shown the need for a "global re-think" on nuclear energy, U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.
Ban said the 1986 disaster in Ukraine and the threat to the Fukushima nuclear plant following an earthquake and tsunami this year demonstrated...