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In President’s Absence, Yemen, US Step Up Al-Qaida Fight

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen authorities said Thursday that government troops have killed at least suspected 10 al-Qaida members in a troubled southern region as the nation struggles with an Islamic militant insurgency in the wake of the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, a major American newspaper reports that the U.S. government has intensified its covert war […]

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NATO Bombs Tripoli as World Powers Chart a Libya Without Gadhafi

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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NATO has launched more airstrikes near the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as global powers gathered to discuss a Libya without him. Loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli late Wednesday, with the first bombs striking an area near Mr. Gadhafi’s compound and the second attack near a hotel where foreign journalists have been […]

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UN Official Accuses Syria of Bludgeoning Its People

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The top U.N. human rights official is accusing Syria of trying to “bludgeon its population into submission” with its crackdown on anti-government protesters. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Thursday that it is “utterly deplorable” for any government to deploy tanks, artillery and snipers against its people. She urged Syria to […]

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Syrians Fleeing Violence as They Seek Refuge in Turkey

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Another thousand Syrians have fled to safety in Turkey, which has vowed to keep its doors open for those seeking refuge from the violence in their homeland. The Turkish government said the Syrians crossed the border overnight into the early hours Thursday, boosting the number of refugees to 1,600. They are looking to escape Syrian […]

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New York Times Says US Intensifying Covert War in Yemen

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:11 am (UTC-5)
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A major American newspaper is reporting that the U.S. government has intensified its covert war in Yemen in recent weeks, deploying armed drones and fighter jets to attack militant suspects seeking to undermine the shaky Sana’a government. Citing U.S. officials, The New York Times said that after nearly a year-long pause in American airstrikes, the […]

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UAE Talks to Focus on ‘Post-Gadhafi’ Libya

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Western and Arab nations are meeting in the United Arab Emirates Thursday for talks on planning a Libya without leader Moammar Gadhafi. The group is also expected to discuss measures to activate a fund agreed to in May that would provide financial and other assistance to Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council. Foreign ministers from the […]

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Europeans Seek UN Action on Syria as Thousands Flee

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Key European members of the U.N. Security Council have presented a revised resolution condemning Syria for its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters hours after thousands of civilians fearing a military assault fled areas near the Turkish border. Britain, France, Germany and Portugal introduced the new text Wednesday at a closed Security Council meeting in New […]

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Iran to Triple Higher-Enriched Uranium Production

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency has announced plans to triple the country’s output of higher-grade uranium while also moving production of the nuclear fuel to an underground site that was secret until 2009. Fereydoon Abbasi said Wednesday that Tehran will transfer production of 20 percent-enriched uranium from its Natanz nuclear site to the […]

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Gadhafi Forces Attack Misrata

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Government forces in Libya have carried out a heavy assault on the rebel-held city of Misrata on the same day that NATO vowed to keep up its air campaign against the embattled Libyan leader. Witnesses say the port city came under heavy shelling Wednesday as thousands of pro-Gadhafi troops advanced from the south, east and […]

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Military Backlash Sends More Syrians Fleeing to Turkey

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A rising number of Syrians in the north are fleeing into neighboring Turkey amid fears of possible military retaliation for the killing of Syrian security force members amid an anti-government backlash. News organizations say at least 130 more Syrians entered Turkey on Wednesday, raising the number who have crossed in recent days to at least […]

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