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Bahrain activists sentenced to life in prison

Bahrain has sentenced 10 prominent activists to life in prison for plotting a coup during protests that rocked the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom earlier this year, Reuters reports. The court on Wednesday also sentenced other defendants among 21 suspects on trial to between two and five years in jail. Protesters in Bahrain blocked roads and staged rallies before the mass trial ...

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Obama: 30,000-plus surge troops leaving Afghan

President Barack Obama hailed the beginning of the end of a devastating war Wednesday night, announcing he was pulling home 33,000 tops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the “surge” of forces he sent in to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for…

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In Congress, divisions over Libya

House leaders seek to ban U.S. use of force in the country, while a Senate bill throws support behind it. The disagreement casts doubt over the future of America’s role in the conflict. 1 By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau…

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Violence erupts in Belfast for second night as hundreds clash

A second bout of violence broke out on the streets of Belfast yesterday with police clashing with loyalists and republicans as petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown for a second night. Some 200 loyalists wearing balaclava helmets appeared in the late evening and attacked the Catholic Short Strand enclave in east Belfast with fireworks, bricks and stones despite a ...

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Greek Government Survives Confidence Vote

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament – gaining more than 151 votes. Papandreou called the vote to stop an internal party revolt and help him pass unpopular austerity measures that have caused strikes,…

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44 killed in Russian highway plane crash

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty-four people were killed and eight badly injured when a plane crashed onto a highway and burst into flames in northern Russia, narrowly missing an inhabited area, officials said Tuesday. The RussAir Tu-134 tried to stage an apparent emergency landing in poor weather conditions just before midnight on a motorway two kilometres (1.25 miles) from its destination ...

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Fresh Libya civilian deaths pile pressure on NATO

SURMAN, Libya – The Libyan government said on Monday 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s top officials, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack. Libyan officials took reporters to Surman, 70 km (45 miles) west of Tripoli, to the site of what they said ...

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Sudan to Pull Troops From Abyei and Allow Peacekeepers

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Sudanese government has agreed to pull its troops out of the flashpoint Abyei area and allow Ethiopian peacekeepers to come in, the result of a deal signed Monday that could ease tensions along Sudan’s disputed north-south border. The status of Abyei, which straddles northern and southern Sudan and is claimed by both, has been one of ...

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Pro-Assad rallies held across Syria

Government supporters and opponents clashed in three Syrian cities and security forces opened fire, killing at least seven people including a teenager, activists reported. The bloodshed came as President Bashar Assad’s regime sought to counter a 3-month-old pro-democracy uprising with mass demonstrations. The Local Coordinating Committees, which track the Syrian protest movement, said a 13-year-old boy was killed when security ...

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