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Iraqi President Hospitalized After Stroke

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been hospitalized after having a stroke. Mr. Talabani’s office said in a statement he was taken to a hospital late Monday because of a “health emergency,” but did not give additional details about his condition. The president has dealt with several health problems in recent years. In 2008, he underwent […]

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Syrian Rebels Battle Pro-Government Fighters at Palestinian Camp

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say fierce fighting has broken out in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus where rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have been trying to push out fighters who support the government. The clashes Tuesday at the Yarmouk camp come two days after activists reported Syrian warplanes bombing the camp and killing eight people. […]

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Egyptian Opposition Calls New Protests Against Draft Constitution

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s main opposition coalition is calling for new protests against a draft constitution that is set to go before a second round of voting on Saturday. The National Salvation Front is urging Egyptians to demonstrate Tuesday against the proposed charter, which opponents say will erode civil liberties because it boosts the role of Islamic law […]

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Morsi-appointed Egypt’s Prosecutor General Hands In Resignation

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s prosecutor general named by President Mohamed Morsi only last month has handed in his resignation. Talaat Abdullah submitted his resignation letter Monday, after hundreds of public prosecutors staged a sit-in protest outside his office, saying his swift appointment was improper. President Morsi appointed Abdullah after issuing a decree on November 22 putting himself above […]

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Iraq Attacks Kill 26, Many in Kurdish-Claimed Areas

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi authorities say bombings and shootings across the country have killed at least 26 people, about half of them in northern regions whose territory is disputed between autonomous Iraqi Kurds and Baghdad’s central government. In Monday’s deadliest attack, a car bomb killed seven people in a village near the northern city of Mosul in Iraq’s […]

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Bombs Kill 10 in Northern Iraq

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Multiple bomb blasts have hit northern Iraq, killing at least 10 people in contested areas where tensions have flared between the Kurdish minority and the central government. Two of the bombs Monday exploded in a Shi’ite area of Tuz Khurmatu, in Kirkuk province. Another blast, a car bomb, struck a Shabak minority area near Mosul. […]

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Egyptian Opposition: Re-stage ‘Flawed’ Constitutional Referendum

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian opposition groups say the first round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution was marred by widespread violations and should be re-staged. Egypt’s main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said Sunday it will not accept any unofficial referendum results. They called for nationwide demonstrations Tuesday before the second round is held next Saturday. […]

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Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Camp in Damascus

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a Palestinian refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, killing at least eight people. The activists said Sunday’s air strike was the first of its kind on the Yarmouk refugee camp since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began suppressing a popular uprising in […]

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Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Camp in Damascus

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a Palestinian camp on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, killing at least eight people. The activists said Sunday’s air strike was the first of its kind on the Yarmouk refugee camp since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad began suppressing a popular uprising in March […]

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Egyptian Rights Groups: Restage ‘Flawed’ Constitutional Referendum

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian rights groups say the first round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution was marred by widespread violations and should be re-staged. The coalition of seven groups made the call as the Muslim Brotherhood backers of President Mohamed Morsi claimed victory in Saturday’s vote, saying unofficial tallies showed 56-percent approval of the draft constitution. […]

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