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Libyan leader asks UN to lift sanctions

The U.N. Security Council should lift some of the economic sanctions on Libya, but NATO should stay until civilians are no longer being killed, the country’s de facto prime minister told council members Monday. Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister appointed by the former rebels’…

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UN Security Council to consider Palestinian bid

UNITED NATIONS ‘ The UN Security Council begins consultations on Monday on Palestine’s application for full membership of the world body, although a vote on the historic bid isn’t expected for weeks. The United States has already threatened to veto the move, insisting that only direct Palestinian-Israeli talks can set up a Palestinian state. US President Barack Obama says the ...

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Heavy rains, floods leave 31 dead in north India

LUCKNOW, India – Officials say monsoon rains caused mud-walled homes to collapse and kill at least 31 people over the weekend in India’s most populous state. Rescuers are struggling to reach affected villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh but are being hampered by rains expected to continue another two days. Relief Commissioner K.K. Sinha says 13 people died in Mirzapur district ...

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Abbas rejects talks sans settlement halt

Gaza, September 26: The acting Palestinian Authority chief has ruled out new talks with the Israeli regime without a total halt to settlement expansion efforts on his return from New York to the occupied West Bank. “We have confirmed to all that we want to achieve our rights through peaceful means, through negotiations — but not just any negotiations,” Mahmoud ...

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In Speech, Yemen President Confirms Support for Transfer of Power

SANA, Yemen — In his first speech since returning to Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed on Sunday that his deputy remained authorized to sign a transfer-of-power agreement that would lead to early presidential elections, but he did not make any new concessions. YEMEN TV, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A handout photograph of President Ali Abdullah Saleh giving ...

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Samuelson: Repeating mistakes of the 1930s?

‘We are back in a danger zone,” says a top economist at the International Monetary Fund. Though an understatement, it captures the central paradox of this year’s annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank. Everyone is alarmed at the swift deterioration of the economic outlook, but there is no leadership – no consensus on what to do and, even ...

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The United States’ longest war drags on

Kabul – Between US President George W Bush announcing ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ in September 2001 and incumbent Barack Obama proclaiming ‘Justice has been done’ in May 2011, the United States spent most of the last decade hunting down one man. The pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, ...

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BACKGROUND: Chronology of security incidents since invasion

Kabul – The US blamed the Taliban government in Afghanistan for aiding and giving refuge to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the time he ordered the September 11, 2001 attacks. The US-led invasion began October 7, 2001. The regime collapsed and all the leaders fled the capital. But the war was just beginning. A decade later, here is a ...

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