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Syria crisis: Troops move into towns in north

Syrian troops travelling on tanks, armoured personnel carriers and buses have moved into two northern towns. Security forces were gathering in Khan Sheikhun and Maarat al-Numan, a town of 90,000 between Damascus and Aleppo. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged…

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Lawmakers mock Obama claim on Libya hostilities

WASHINGTON-Republicans and Democrats on Thursday derided President Barack Obama’s claim that U.S. air attacks against Libya do not constitute hostilities and demanded that the commander in chief seek congressional approval for the 3-month-old military operation. In an escalating constitutional fight, House Speaker John Boehner threatened to withhold money for the mission, pitting a Congress eager to exercise its power of ...

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Syria hits back at global outcry over crackdown

JISR AL-SHUGHUR, Syria (AFP) – Syria has launched a media offensive to counter the outcry over its deadly crackdown on dissent, escorting journalists to a hub of the protests and staging a loyalist rally. Near the flashpoint northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, officials Wednesday showed a group of 20 journalists, including an AFP correspondent, a grave containing at least five ...

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Vengeance Is Mine Saith the Lord…and CIA and al-Qaeda

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Probably for good reason, Judaic-Christian-Islamic writers warned that vengeance belonged to God and God alone. This is especially true when considering the social ramifications caused by vengeance and revenge-an exact punishment done to someone for a harm, such as an eye for an eye and a life for a life. The social problem with ...

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Russian envoy heads for Libya as Kadhafi son urges election

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov was in Tripoli on Thursday seeking to mediate in Libya's conflict, as Moamer Kadhafi's son said the strongman is ready to accept internationally supervised elections. Margelov, the Africa envoy of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, was meeting Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, Russia's Interfax news agency said. Margelov's spokeswoman Varvara Paal told AFP in ...

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Al-Qaida says al-Zawahri has succeeded bin Laden

CAIRO-Al-Qaida’s longtime No. 2 leader, a doctor from a prominent Egyptian family who worked with Osama bin Laden for decades, has succeeded the slain terrorist as head of the global network, the group said Thursday. Ayman al-Zawahri, who turns 60 on Sunday, has long brought ideological fire, tactics and organizational skills to al-Qaida. The surgeon by training has promoted the ...

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Obama declares Libya War without Congress approval

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House told Congress on Wednesday that President Barack Obama has the legal authority to press on with U.S. military involvement in Libya and urged skeptical lawmakers not to send “mixed messages” about their commitment to the NATO-led air war. Delivering a detailed report to Congress to justify Obama’s Libya policy, the administration argued ...

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Syria widens crackdown in north and east

Syrians continue to flee towns in the north of the country as the crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s one-party rule reportedly widens.  Troops pushed towards the town of Maarat al-Numaan after detaining hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughur, the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday, citing people who fled the area. Residents streamed south towards ...

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Greek government in power-sharing talks amid riots

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou offered today to step down and make way for a national unity government if the opposition agreed on a clear plan on how to proceed with reforms, government sources said. Papandreou must push through a new five-year campaign of tax rises, spending cuts and sell-offs of state property to continue receiving aid from the European ...

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