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Assad warns of ‘quake’ if West intervenes in Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has warned that any Western intervention would cause an “earthquake” inflaming the region, after dozens died in one of the bloodiest days of the uprising against his rule. In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Assad warned of “another Afghanistan” if foreign forces intervened in his country as they had with the Libyan uprising that ...

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Syria’s Assad says intervention will burn region

BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar Assad warned against Western intervention in his country’s 7-month-old uprising, saying such action would trigger an “earthquake” that “would burn the whole region.” Assad comments, published in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, were made against a backdrop of growing calls from anti-regime protesters for a no-fly zone over Syria and increasingly frequent clashes between ...

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Bangladesh’s first war crimes trial deferred

A special court in Bangladesh set up to try war crimes suspects from the country’s 1971 battle for independence has delayed the start of its first trial. The prosecution was due to make an opening statement on Sunday against Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party who is charged with 20 counts of crimes against humanity and genocide. Sayedee denies ...

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UN urges end to Syria killings after another 50 die

UN chief Ban Ki-moon today urged Syria "immediately" to end attacks on civilians, a day after dozens of people were killed in a fierce crackdown on dissent and 17 troops died in clashes with suspected army deserters. Ban's appeal follows condemnation by the Arab League of the deaths of 36 people yesterday activists said were killed by security forces during ...

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Stranded passengers pin hopes on Qantas mediator

About 70,000 stranded passengers were desperately hoping Australia’s workplace regulator would end the stunning grounding of Qantas Airways’ entire fleet over a bitter industrial row. The national carrier’s passengers across the world on Sunday were scrambling to make alternative travel plans after Qantas announced its shock decision a day earlier to lock out union staff and cancel all flights indefinitely. ...

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Lula to be treated for cancer in his larynx

Sao Paulo, Oct. 29 (AP): Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will undergo chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumour in his larynx, doctors said today. The tumour was detected today during an examination at Sao Paulo’s Sirio Libanes Hospital, the hospital said in a statement, which added that Silva will begin outpatient treatment in the coming week. Oncologist Artur ...

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Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks

I want last week’s European bail-out to work. My sincere hope is that collective and decisive action by the eurozone’s large member states will stabilize global markets, at least for a while, so allowing the global economy to catch its breath. Last week’s eurozone “agreement”, for all the related fanfare, was a case in point. Far from making the situation ...

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40 Killed Across Syria in Deadliest Friday Demonstrations Since May

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian security forces killed at least 40 people on Friday during antigovernment demonstrations across the country, according to human rights activists, as the government of President Bashar al-Assad intensified a brutal military crackdown that has failed over eight months to extinguish a popular uprising. Related Times Topic: Syria — Protests (2011) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow ...

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Cards win World Series, beat Texas 6-2 in Game 7

ST. LOUIS – Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6. Turns out these Cardinals were merely gearing up for a gigantic celebration. The Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren’t even ...

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Urgency resolution on Tibet adopted by European parliament

Tensions are at such a high level in dealing with the crisis in Tibet that the European parliament has adopted an urgency resolution in dealing with the matter. Buddhists in Syracuse who have spent long hours in prayer for fellow Buddhists in troubled Tibet have expressed support for this European resolution. The Tibet Post International has reported “European Parliament Adopts ...

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