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Mubarak set to stand trial on charges of corruption, murder

Cairo, Aug 3, (PTI): Wednesday, August 03, 2011 –> Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is set to stand trial today on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of pro-democracy protesters during a massive uprising that toppled his regime in February. Egyptian authorities have said the 83-year-old former strongman is healthy enough to travel to…

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Syrian forces hit Hama again

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian forces kept up attacks on Hama for a third day, residents said, while senators called on the Obama administration to impose tough new sanctions on Syria’s energy sector. Washington also sought to put muscle behind its demand that President Bashar al-Assad halt his lethal crackdown on unarmed protesters. Human rights campaigners said the assaults by Assad’s ...

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Obama signs debt bill after final Senate vote

WASHINGTON — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later. Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House ...

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World ire mounts toward Syria amid bloody crackdown

Syrian violence ramps up despite Ramadan (CNN) — Pressure at the United Nations and world capitals mounted on Tuesday on Syria’s government as a fierce security crackdown on peaceful protests overnight left dozens of deaths, injuries and arrests. At least 24 people were killed, dozens were wounded, and more than 150 people have been detained across the country after Ramadan ...

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US troops must have legal immunity to stay in Iraq

REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press= BAGHDAD (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that American troops must be given protection from prosecution as part of any agreement to keep them in Iraq beyond the end of the year and that protection must be approved by Iraq’s parliament. Tuesday’s comments by Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen could make it ...

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Zardari to US: Need clear terms of engagement on terror war

Islamabad, Aug 2, (IANS): Tuesday, August 02, 2011 –> The terms of engagement between the US and Pakistan in the war against terror should be clearly defined so that conflicting positions and unilateral actions do not adversely impact ties, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. The president made the remark during his meeting with…

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‘Big Brothers’ and Politics of Patriotism and Fanaticism

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. A major theme often overlooked in George Orwell’s book, “1984,” which was written in 1949 and warned about the rise of totalitarian states (whether communist, democratic, or socialist), is that any government, known as “Big Brother”, can dominate society to the extent that every aspect of an individual’s life can be dictated, including emotions ...

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Hama assault into second day as U.N. revives Syria debate

AMMAN (Reuters) – A two-day assault by Syrian government forces on anti-government protesters in the city of Hama was widely condemned in the West and prompted European powers to relaunch a dormant U.N. resolution condemning Damascus for its crackdown. Tanks pounded residential neighborhoods across the city after evening prayers on Monday, marking the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy ...

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US House of Representatives passes debt-limit bill

The US House of Representatives has passed by 269 votes to 161 a last-gasp deal to avoid a federal debt default. The legislation must now be passed by the Senate and approved by President Barack Obama to become law. It would raise the debt ceiling by up to $2.4tn (£1.5tn) – from $14.3tn – and make savings of $2.3tn over ...

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Obama unfurls 11th-hour deal to avert US default

WASHINGTON ‘ US President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he and top lawmakers had reached an 11th-hour deal to avert a first-ever US debt payment default that would have sown chaos across the world economy. ‘I want to announce that the leaders of both parties in both chambers have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default, ...

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