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His Holiness the Dalai Lama May Make A Pilgrimage to Burma

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, expressed his desire last week to visit Burma to pay homage at the country’s holiest shrine of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, the capital of Burma. According to media reports; “a message of His Holiness…

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Syrians protest Assad, as Arabs delay crisis talks

BEIRUT — Tens of thousands of Syrians, some of them calling for their president’s execution, protested against the authoritarian regime on Friday, as the Arab League indefinitely postponed a meeting on the crisis because of divisions over how to stop the bloodshed. In this image from TV shown on the Internet made available Thursday Dec. 15, 2011, showing an Iraqi ...

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ICC dismisses charges against Rwandan suspect

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – International Criminal Court judges dismissed charges Friday against a Rwandan rebel accused of involvement in the murder, rape and torture of Congolese villagers by a Hutu militia in 2009. The judges ordered the release of Callixte Mbarushimana, saying there is not enough evidence to support the charges against him. Prosecutors immediately said they would send the ...

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Iraq, lost in the fog of war

War, we are told, is a rational instrument of policy. States go to war to achieve specific objectives. On such a view, determining the outcome of a war is a kind of bookkeeping exercise. One need only measure the results against the original purposes. But war is far too wily a beast to be made sense of by such simple ...

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Sri Lanka MPs receive controversial civil war report

A commission set up by Sri Lanka’s president to investigate the conduct of the civil war has said the government did its best to protect civilians. It concluded the military gave the “highest priority” to protecting civilians and said Tamil Tiger rebels had “no respect for human life”. Both sides have been accused of human rights abuses during the final ...

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A Withdrawal Ceremony in Iraq, Observed by Few Iraqis

BAGHDAD — When Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for the ceremony to mark the end of the United States military’s mission in Iraq, there was one group noticeably underrepresented: Iraqis. Iraq War: 2003 – 2011 A series documenting the final days of the U.S. military drawdown. The highest-profile Iraqi officials at the ceremony were the ...

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Legalized Same-Sex Marriage May Boost Gay Men’s Health

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) — Gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal are healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits and have lower health-care costs, a new study finds. It included more than 1,200 patients at a large Massachusetts health clinic that provides services for gay men and other sexual minorities. During the 12 ...

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Carlos the Jackal sentenced to life, again

PARIS (AP) – Carlos the Jackal, the flamboyant Venezuelan who symbolized Cold War terrorism, was sentenced to life in prison—again—in a Paris trial that ended late Thursday with him rallying for revolution and weeping for Moammar Gadhafi. Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, hasn’t seen freedom since French agents spirited him out of Sudan in a sack in ...

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Lack of motive, proof led to Knox acquittal: court

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – Lack of motive and faulty evidence led to the acquittal of American student Amanda Knox in the murder of her British flatmate, the Italian court that cleared her said on Thursday. Knox, 24, saw her previous conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher overturned by the appeals court in October. Hours later, she left the hill ...

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