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Greece general strike: Unions act amid cuts debate

Trade unions in Greece have begun a 48-hour general strike, hours after PM George Papandreou urged parliament to back an austerity package. Huge crowds of protesters are expected on the streets of Athens, while public transport is set to grind to a halt. On Monday, Mr Papandreou said only his 28bn-euro (£25bn) austerity programme would get Greece back on its ...

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International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Gadhafi

Court issues Gadhafi arrest warrant (CNN) — The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his relatives. ICC Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng read the decision Monday to issue warrants for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi. Al-Islam Gadhafi is a close adviser to his father, while al-Sanussi serves ...

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Pakistan’s Taliban vow attacks on West

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan's Taliban, a close ally of al Qaeda, has threatened to carry out a series of attacks against American, British and French targets to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden. "Soon you will see attacks against America and NATO countries, and our first priorities in Europe will be France and Britain," deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman ...

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Four Khmer Rouge leaders go on trial

The United Nations-backed trial of the four most senior surviving members of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime began on Monday, three decades after its “year zero” revolution marked one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century. The defendants, infirm and ranging in age bwteen 79 and 85, were among the inner circle of the late Pol Pot, the French-educated ...

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A decade on, no clear answers in Afghanistan war

KABUL, Afghanistan – For 10 years, ever since the towers fell, the United States has fought a war in a distant land – in hopes, it says, of protecting American interests and making the world safer from terrorism. Now, as President Barack Obama plans to end U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by 2014, the question remains as muddy as ever: ...

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Fierce fighting near to Tripoli

Rebel forces in Libya have clashed with troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi about 80km (50 miles) south-west of the capital, Tripoli. A rebel spokesman in the Nafusa mountains said there had been heavy fighting on the outskirts of the strategic town of Bir al-Ghanam. The rebels told the BBC they were making a push for Tripoli. Meanwhile, Col Gaddafi ...

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What has the war in Afghanistan really achieved?

At least 60 people died in a suicide bombing just 25 miles from Kabul yesterday. In a few days’ time, a report on Afghanistan from the International Crisis Group will say that violence and the billions of dollars in international aid have brought wealthy officials and insurgents together. As a result, “the economy is increasingly dominated by a criminal oligarchy ...

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China frees dissident Hu Jia

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, Has been released after serving three and half-years in jail. “He is back home with his parents and me,” his wife, Zeng Jingyan, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Hu Jia was arrested in December 2007 after a long period of confinement at his home. He was sentenced in April in 2008 ...

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Syrians flee to Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, have crossed into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing government crackdown in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said. Other Syrians marched in a funeral for victims of the crackdown outside Damascus, demanding President Bashar Assad’s ouster. Most refugees arriving at the Lebanese border came after Syrian security forces ...

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