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Iranian Filmmaker Panahi Loses Appeal Against Jail Term

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has lost his appeal against his six-year prison sentence for campaigning against the country’s government. Panahi, a vocal supporter of the country’s opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, was convicted last year of protesting against the political regime and for acting against national security. He was ordered to serve time behind bars and handed a 20-year travel and ...

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Another Tibetan Sets Fire to Self Over China Rule

BEIJING — A 19-year-old former monk in a Tibetan town in western China set himself on fire on Saturday in a desperate plea for Tibetan independence, according to reports on Sunday by Tibet advocacy groups. The flames were put out by police officers stationed on the street, and he was taken to a police station, the reports said. Related Study ...

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Annan, Adams urge Basque group ETA to end violence

(AP) MADRID &#8212 Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and other delegates to a conference on the decades-old conflict in Spain’s Basque region on Monday urged the armed separatist group ETA to renounce violence. ETA declared a permanent ceasefire in January, but has not renounced armed struggle…

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Global powers seek stronger IMF role in euro crisis

The finance chiefs of the world’s leading economies have opened the door for the International Monetary Fund to play a bigger role in fighting the eurozone’s escalating debt troubles. The Group of 20 rich and developing nations asked the IMF at the weekend to propose ways it could help stop countries under severe market pressure from toppling into a full-blown ...

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Egypt: Mubarak sons have millions in Swiss banks

CAIRO (AP) — The two sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak have an estimated $340 million in Swiss bank accounts, a senior Egyptian Justice Ministry official said Monday. Assem al-Gohary said Swiss authorities are investigating whether one of the sons, Alaa, was involved in money laundering along with other ex-regime figures. At home, Mubarak and his sons have been charged ...

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7 U.S. Cities On The Verge Of Bankruptcy

Share Posted by Mike Tirone The harsh economic climate is changing. The time has come when citizens and companies aren’t the only ones being forced to file for bankruptcy… Major cities are among the ranks of those in dire straits. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg opted for the rarely used Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The current ...

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How To Prepare For Civil Unrest, Emergencies, Disasters

Share Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coast, reports out of New Orleans on September 1st stated that victims of the disaster were being raped and beaten and that fights and fires were out of control, leaving corpses laying in the open as the city descended into anarchy. Emergency responders in the New Orleans area were overwhelmed, and as ...

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Scores rescued from Mexican drug gang

Mexico’s military has freed 61 men being held captive and forced to work for a drug gang in a violent northern border city. The army said on Sunday that the men were found in a safe house in Piedras Negras on Saturday. Soldiers made the discovery during a security sweep in the area that also turned up an abandoned truck filled with 6 tons ...

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