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Libya ex-rebels still hold 7,000 prisoners, says UN

Former Libyan rebels are still holding about 7,000 prisoners, the United Nations says. The detainees are being held without access to legal process because the police and courts are not functioning, and some may have been tortured. Many are sub-Saharan Africans suspected of being mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime. The UN said the new Libyan government had responded positively ...

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Pakistan to boycott Afghanistan meeting

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan will boycott an international conference on the future of Afghanistan in Germany next week to protest against a NATO cross-border attack that killed 24 of its soldiers and plunged the region deeper into crisis, officials said Tuesday. Only on msnbc.com Researchers: Millions of printers open to hack attack Needy Americans shop at Walmart before sunrise A twist: ...

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Dalai Lama to Address Global Summit in New Delhi, Despite Beijing’s Objection

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – Despite strong objections from China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, left Dharamshala Tuesday, 29th November, to address the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi on November 30th. Once again, India has sent a loud and clear message to China that shows a red signal; ‘It ...

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40,000 troops soon to leave Afghanistan

AP Drawdown plans announced by the US and more than a dozen other nations will shrink the foreign military footprint in Afghanistan by 40,000 troops at the close of next year, leaving Afghan forces increasingly on the frontlines of the decade-long war. The United States is pulling out the most – 33,000 by the end of 2012. That’s one-third of ...

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Conrad Murray to be sentenced in Michael Jackson’s death

November 29, 2011 — Updated 0645 GMT (1445 HKT) Defense attorneys hope Conrad Murray is only sentenced to probation, but the prosecution wants him to get four years in prison. Los Angeles (CNN) — Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will be sentenced Tuesday. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, hopes ...

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Kuwait cabinet quits to thwart grilling of PM

Manama: Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has accepted the resignation of the government, but has asked it to continue running the affairs of the country until a new cabinet is formed. The government tendered its resignation yesterday afternoon following an emergency meeting chaired by the Emir. The resignation was accepted ahead of a rally yesterday evening and ...

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‘Conspiracy’ claims bolster DSK mystery

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is no longer a front-runner in the French presidential race. His political career is finished. But the events in the New York Sofitel in May this year still enthral the French media – particularly when there is a suggestion of a conspiracy. Mr…

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As floods recede, clean-up operations start in Bangkok and Ayutthaya

Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra joined in weekend clean-up operations in several districts of Bangkok and Thon Buri where floodwaters have fully receded, allowing the Thai capital to embark upon a return to normalcy. On Saturday, 19 November, the city governor led workers from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and volunteers from all walks of life to clean up the ...

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Danish and Norwegian Lawmakers Meet with Tibet’s Political Leader

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – Twelve young Tibetans have self-immolated in eastern Tibet since 2009, in acts of protest against Chinese repression and to demand the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and religious freedom in Tibet. The current situation still remains tense in eastern Tibet as some recent reports tell of pamphlets distributed and ...

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FARC rebels execute 4 military hostages: Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian FARC rebels executed four members of the security forces during a botched mission to free them from a decade as hostages, the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has a policy of killing hostages if troops approach their camps, shot ...

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