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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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‘Anonymous’ hackers target U.S. security think tank

LONDON – The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit-card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards. Anonymous boasted ...

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US ‘eyes hands-off policy in Iraq’

The United States is mulling a far more subdued role in Iraq after pulling its troops out, and has no intention to send its forces back in despite a spike in violence, The New York Times reported on Sunday. US officials told the Times that President Barack Obama was adamant that the United States would not send troops back to ...

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Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of the 2013 elections. The turnout was particularly impressive because the event was held outside his traditional support base, Punjab province. Karachi, ...

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Dozens killed in deadly bomb attacks at churches in Nigeria

A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed responsibility for the attack and another bombing in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s north east. One blast struck a church in the north-eastern town of Gadaka and two explosions rocked the northern city of Damaturu, making five blasts in total. The Christmas Day ...

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