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Fears rise of religious war in Nigeria following Christmas Day bombings

ABUJA – Northern Nigerian Christians said yesterday they feared that a spate of Christmas Day bombings by Islamist militants that killed more than two dozen people could lead to a religious war in Africa’s most populous country. The warning was made in a statement by the northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, an umbrella organisation comprising various denominations ...

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Iran threatens to stop Gulf oil if sanctions widened

TEHRAN – Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil. Western tensions with Iran have increased since a Nov. 8 report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying ...

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Drug suspect held in Mexico

Mexico City – The Mexican defence ministry on Monday paraded before the media a man suspected of being a senior aide to the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. In a statement, the defence ministry said Mexican soldiers had arrested Felipe Cabrera, known…

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Red Lines and Ticking Clocks: U.S. War Plans Against Iran

Before the first bomb falls disinformation specialists prepare the ground. Leading media outlets, foreign policy journals and a plethora of think tanks funded by elite foundations, energy and weapons’ conglomerates, “right,” “left” or “center” take your pick, churn out war propaganda disguised as “analysis.” From the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to the neoliberal Center for American Progress (CAP), rhetorical ...

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Living Havel’s truth in the Arab world

During the last year of revolutionary protests across the Arab world, one of the things that most surprised me was how little Vaclav Havel and the Velvet Revolution he helped to lead, was mentioned by activists or even commentators as a model for understanding, or engaging in, the present revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. In so many ...

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Casualties from storm in Philippines continue to mount

December 26, 2011 — Updated 0644 GMT (1444 HKT) A boy holds a placard on a street in Cagayan de Oro on December 24, 2011. (CNN) — The death toll from the tropical storm that lashed the southern Philippines just over a week ago has risen further, the government said Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people continue to…

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Top Hamas leader leaves Gaza on multi-nation tour

Gaza City: Gaza’s prime minister left the territory yesterday on his first trip abroad since his Hamas movement seized power in June 2007, hoping to improve ties with Muslim countries swept up in the uprisings convulsing the Arab world. Prime Minister Esmail Haniyah’s deputy, Mohammad Awad, said the Gaza leader would visit Egypt, Sudan, Qatar, Bahrain, Tunisia and Turkey. Reconciliation ...

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NKorea calls heir Kim head of key body

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s main state newspaper is calling Kim Jong Il’s heir the head of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee. The reference means Kim Jong Un will control one of the country’s highest decision-making bodies as he prepare to take power following his father’s death more than a week ago. The North’s main Rodong Sinmun ...

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