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Libyan leader hopes to declare victory within week

SIRTE, Libya – Libya’s de facto leader said Wednesday he expected to declare total victory over forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in less than a week, as the International Committee of the Red Cross warned thousands of civilians were still trapped in the fugitive leader’s besieged home city. Despite heavy resistance, revolutionary forces are closing in on Gadhafi’s forces in ...

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Viktor Bout wanted American pilots killed, jury told

Trial of former Soviet officer accused of selling arms to Colombian rebels opens in New York Viktor Bout has pleaded not guilty to four conspiracy charges. Photograph: Apichart Weerawong/APP The trial of Viktor Bout, the former Soviet officer accused of selling arms to Colombian rebels, opened dramatically with an arsenal of weaponry. Before he introduced himself to jurors at the ...

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Iran dismisses US murder-plot claim

Iran has vigorously rejected US allegations that it had backed a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador, with a senior official describing them as a “childish, amateur game”. Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker, said on Wednesday the “fabricated allegations” aimed to divert attention from Arab uprisings that Iran says are inspired by its own Islamic revolution that toppled the Shah in 1979. ...

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Bout trial: lawyers to present their case

New York – Opening arguments were due on Wednesday at the start of the New York trial of Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian arms dealer described by the United States as “one of the most dangerous men” in the world. The former Soviet military officer is accused of attempting to sell a huge arsenal, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles to ...

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Ex-Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko guilty

Moscow — A Ukrainian judge sentenced a former prime minister to seven years in prison Tuesday, harming the nation’s prospects for democracy and confronting the United States and Europe with a serious challenge. Both have been warning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych against pursuing the prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko,…

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Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery

The renowned military strategist, Maj. Gen. J.F.C Fuller, defined war’s true objective as achieving desired political results, not killing enemies. Operation Enduring Freedom — the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan — has turned into Operation Enduring Misery. After ten years of military and civil operations costing at least $450 billion, over 1,600 dead and 15,000 seriously wounded soldiers, ...

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Myanmar gives amnesty to some 6,300 prisoners

Myanmar state radio and television announced Tuesday that the country’s president as granted amnesty to more than 6,300 prisoners in what appears to be the biggest step so far in a series of reform actions undertaken by the new elected government. The broadcasts said the releases would…

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