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After Months of Dissent, Lebanon Forms New Government

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Lebanon has formed a new Cabinet five months after the militant group Hezbollah and its allies forced the country’s coalition government to collapse. A government official announced the new Cabinet led by Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday. The country had functioned without an official government since mid-January, when the pro-Western government of Prime […]

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Renewed Airstrikes in Yemen’s South Kill 3

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say airstrikes targeting Islamist militants in the country’s south have killed three people. The officials said Monday the strikes hit the Abyan province town of Jaar, which is under control of militants linked to al-Qaida. On Saturday, Yemeni defense officials said clashes between government forces and al-Qaida in the province killed at […]

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Jordanian King Unharmed in Motorcade Attack

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The motorcade of Jordan’s King Abdullah was attacked on Monday but officials say the king was unharmed. The French news agency reported that students threw rocks and bottles at the king’s motorcade as he visited the southern city of Tafileh. Officials say the motorcade changed its route after the incident. The attack comes after Jordan’s […]

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Trials Start for Bahrain Medical Professionals Over Protests

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A special security tribunal in Bahrain has started trials for at least 34 medical professionals accused of attempting to overthrow the kingdom’s rulers. Those on trial Monday include doctors and nurses who treated wounded protesters during recent anti-government demonstrations. Bahrain says it has detained 23 doctors and 24 nurses since March. Western media reported that […]

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Erdogan Promises Compromise With Opposition

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reach out to the opposition after election results gave his party a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. However, the ruling Justice and Development Party fell short of the two-thirds majority it needed to change the country’s constitution. Mr. Erdogan said the vote result shows that […]

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Syrian Troops Retake Control of Northern Town

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Elite Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships and tanks have seized control of a rebellious northern city. Syrian state media said government troops entered Jisr al-Shughour early Sunday after defusing explosives planted by gunmen on roads and bridges. It said one soldier and two armed men were killed in clashes around the town. After first […]

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Hamas Rejects Fayyad to Head New Palestinian Government

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has rejected its secular rival Fatah’s nominee to head a future unity government. Fatah on Saturday nominated current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a political independent, as its candidate to lead the new government. Fayyad is a U.S.-educated economist and former International Monetary Fund official who enjoys the respect of […]

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Libyan Rebel Forces Relaunch Attacks

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Fresh fighting between troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and resurgent anti-government rebels has broken out across the war-torn country as rebel forces take advantage of increased coordination with NATO to mount a series of attacks. In Zawiyah, a strategic city 50 kilometers west of the capital, Libyan rebels regrouped and clashed with pro-Gadhafi […]

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Jordan’s King Pledges Parliamentary Reform, Elected Cabinets

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Jordan’s king says he is pursuing reforms that will allow future governments to be formed based on an elected parliamentary majority. The measure is a key demand of pro-democracy protesters calling for greater political representation. In a nationally televised address Sunday, King Abdullah II promised further changes. He said a royal commission is now exploring […]

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Syrian Troops Seize Control of Northern Town

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Syria says its troops have seized control of a northern city near the Turkish border, as nations across the globe condemn the government’s brutal crackdown on protesters. Western media report that troops and Syrian television say the army overtook Jisr al-Shughour late Sunday. Rights activists in Syria say troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships […]

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