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African Union meets to map road to peace in Libya

Waiting game on Libyan front Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — The African Union will attempt Sunday to map a road to peace in Libya, despite a previous failed effort to end hostilities between Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and rebels seeking to oust the Libyan leader. The meeting follows claims a day earlier by the Libyan government that NATO warplanes bombed a bakery ...

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Garcia promises peaceful transition amid deadly Peru unrest

LIMA (AFP) – Peru's President Alan Garcia on Saturday promised a peaceful transition for incoming president Ollanta Humala, amid anti-mining violence the day before that left five people dead and 30 injured. "There are important goals, the first of which is to ensure a peaceful transition and smooth start for the (Humala) government," Garcia said in a statement to the ...

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Chaos feared as Syria crisis nears bloody impasse

WADI KHALED, Lebanon-When the Arab Spring came to Talkalakh, the little Syrian hill town a few minutes walk from this border village, it seemed to last barely a moment. Squads of secret police descended on the town within hours of the first protests. Then the army came with its tanks, and the shadowy pro-government militia called the shabiha. The May ...

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Netanyahu, Nasrallah and their words of death

As with the two households of fair Verona, where from ancient grudge breaks new mutiny, the fate of Hassan Nasrallah is tied with his raison d’être, the garrison state of Israel. As a perfectly legitimate political project, Hezbollah emerged in the aftermath of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, giving momentum and purpose to the cause of millions of Lebanese ...

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Israel and U.S. Should Attend Durban Summit on Racism

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Since one of the links between power and democracy in free societies is asking questions:(1) “Is it possible to have a deep respect for the Jews while rejecting Zionism, which appears to be an ethnically racist belief? At the same time, can one still appreciate the United States and its limited freedoms, while disagreeing ...

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Iran and regional powers ‘to fight terrorism’

The leaders of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have pledged to work together to combat terrorism, following three-way talks in the Iranian capital, Tehran. The three presidents agreed to work towards “eliminating extremism” during their talks, ahead of a six-nation counterterrorism summit in Tehran on Saturday. “All sides stressed their commitment to efforts aimed at eliminating extremism, militancy, terrorism, as well as ...

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60 dead in car bomb blast at Afghan hospital

The death toll from a car bombing outside a medical clinic in eastern Afghanistan has risen to at least 60, authorities said. The Afghan health ministry said 120 people also were wounded in the blast in the Azra district of Logar province, 25 miles east of Kabul. Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast hit ...

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N.Y. legalizes gay marriages; biggest win yet for movement

ALBANY, N.Y. – Same-sex marriage is legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that was narrowly passed by state lawmakers late Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay-rights movement was born. New York will be the sixth state where gay couples can wed, and the biggest by far. “We are leaders ...

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Obama benefits after mixed votes on Libya

WASHINGTON – Rejecting President Obama’s policy in Libya, the House in a bipartisan vote Friday rejected a resolution that would have for the first time officially authorized U.S. military action there. But the House then voted down a more aggressive rebuke of Obama: a proposal to strip away part of the funding for the Libyan campaign. The mixed decision, which ...

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It’s not isolationist to oppose U.S. presence in Libya

Elevating the fallacy of the false alternative to a foreign policy, John McCain and a few others believe Republicans who oppose U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war – and who think a decade of warfare in Afghanistan is enough – are isolationists. This is less a thought than a flight from thinking, which involves making sensible distinctions. Last Sunday on ...

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