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Eastern Libya declares semiautonomous region

RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI Associated Press= BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Tribal leaders and militia commanders declared a semiautonomous region in oil-rich eastern Libya on Tuesday, a unilateral move that opponents fear will be the first step toward outright dividing the country six months after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. The thousands of representatives of major tribal leaders, militia commanders and politicians who ...

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As gas prices soar, 70 lawmakers push for curbs on speculation

Reporting from Washington— With gas prices continuing to soar, 70 members of Congress on Monday pushed federal regulators to stop excessive oil speculation. The House and Senate lawmakers — all Democrats — wrote to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to urge the agency to immediately put in place limits on traders in crude oil markets and take whatever steps necessary ...

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Tibet group says mother of 4 sets self on fire

BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan activist group says a mother of four has become the latest person to burn herself to death to protest government policies in Tibetan areas of China. London-based Free Tibet said Sunday that Rinchen set herself on fire in front of a police station by the main gate to the Kirti Monastery in Aba prefecture in ...

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EU’s Van Rompuy warns over complacency in euro debt crisis

* Interest rates may rise if budget rules not met-Van Rompuy * Taking sanctions has to be credible – Van Rompuy * Dutch euro exit would be end of EU – Van Rompuy AMSTERDAM, March 4 (Reuters) – European Council President Herman Van Rompuy warned against complacency in handling the euro zone debt crisis and stressed the need for meeting ...

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The United Nations Accuses Syria of "Crimes against Humanity"

The latest report on Syria published by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry was the object of “an urgent debate”on the issue on February 28. According to a UN press release: Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the United Nations General Assembly, said the report on Syria published by the Commission of Inquiry provided a dire image of the ...

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Aid reaches Homs, refugees flee to border

The Red Cross has delivered emergency aid to areas around the battered Baba Amro district of the Syrian city of Homs, but was blocked for a third day from entering the former rebel bastion amid reports of bloody reprisals by state forces. Activists reported shelling and other violence across Syria, sending one of the biggest surges of refugees across the ...

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Obama warns of force against Iran, but urges diplomacy

President Barack Obama says the US “will not hesitate” to use force to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but says diplomacy could still succeed. Addressing an influential pro-Israel lobby group, Mr Obama also warned against “loose talk” of war in the dispute with Tehran. Earlier, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Iran was “a…

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Continuing Buildup, China Boosts Military Spending More Than 11 Percent

BEIJING — China announced a double-digit increase in military spending Sunday, a rise that comes amid an intensifying strategic rivalry between the United States and China in Asia and concerns in Washington about the secrecy surrounding the Chinese defense budget. Related China’s Pending Change of Leaders Adds Spice to Its Annual Congress (March 5, 2012) Connect With Us on Twitter ...

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