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Afghan leader: Toll from attacks on Shiites now 80

KABUL, Afghanistan — The death toll from last week’s rare sectarian attacks on Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan has risen to at least 80, the country’s president said on Sunday. An Afghan man prays at a grave in a cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. The fallout from Tuesday’s deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has further splintered Afghanistan’s relations ...

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West warns Syria against storming rebel city

BEIRUT (Reuters) – France called on world powers to “save the Syrian people” on Saturday as it joined the United States and Britain in raising an alarm that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces may be about to storm the rebel stronghold of Homs. In Damascus, the government denied any crackdown, while accusing its opponents of taking up arms and warning the ...

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Gingrich stirs up a hornet’s nest

Ramallah, West Bank: Palestinian leaders said yesterday US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had invited more conflict in the Middle East by calling the Palestinians an "invented" people who want to destroy Israel. Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, described his comments in an interview as "despicable". Hanan Ashrawi, another top official, said Gingrich’s "very racist comments" showed he was ...

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Year’s last total lunar eclipse charms enthusiasts

New Delhi: The moon’s bright white glow turned into coppery, luminescent orange as the lunar surface was completely covered by the earth’s shadow during the last total lunar eclipse of this year. The 51 minute-long spectacle of the moon being eclipsed and then turning cerise was visible all over the country, including the national capital. The earth passed between the ...

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Ban: Assad responsible for Syria deaths

UN Secretary General holds the Syrian president responsible for the events unfolding in his country over the last eight months. Ban Ki-moon, in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, said, “As a leader of Syria [Bashar al-Assad] is responsible for all that has happened.” “He is the leader, and has a very important responsibility to protect the lives of his ...

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Manuel Noriega bound for Panama prison after extradition from France

Manuel Noriega in an American mugshot from 1990. The one-time dictator of Panama has been extradited from France to face a 20-year sentence in his home country. Photograph: EPA/US district attorney’s office Manuel Noriega, Panama’s military dictator of the 1980s, is to be returned home on Sunday to a jungle prison and a 20-year term for the murders of opponents ...

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Imran Khan: Pakistan’s next leader?

For years his political ambitions have been overshadowed by his cricket career. Now, his popularity as a politician has suddenly increased massively and his message to get rid of corruption and to cut military links with the US is resonating with Pakistanis. Could Imran Khan become the next prime minister or even president of Pakistan? And how would he end ...

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Turkey warns Syria not to provoke regional crisis

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey warned Syria on Friday it would act to protect itself if a Syrian government crackdown on protesters threatened regional security and unleashed a tide of refugees on its borders. At least 24 Syrians were shot dead as protesters took the streets following Friday prayers and ahead of a general strike called for Sunday, according to a ...

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Big Moscow protest rally against vote fraud begins

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Muscovites thronged to a square across the river from the Kremlin on Saturday to protest alleged electoral fraud and urge an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule, demands repeated at other rallies across this vast country in the largest public show of discontent in post-Soviet Russia. The demonstrations come three months before Putin, ...

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