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Palestinians Accept French Peace Talks Plan

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinians have accepted France’s proposal to try to revive Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he has agreed to the offer made by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday. However, there is no indication that Israel has agreed. On Thursday, Juppe said France wants […]

New Truce in Yemen to End Unrest

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Separately, government and opposition leaders say security forces have withdrawn from the southern city of Taiz, a flashpoint of anti-government protests. The Reuters news agency quotes an opposition leader as saying looting and other unrest have been spreading in the city since the forces pulled out. The ongoing conflict between forces loyal to Mr. Saleh […]

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Yemen: From Jasmine Revolution to Widespread Unrest

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A timeline of how Yemen has plunged from protests to near full-fledged civil war: January 22: Hundreds of students and other protesters gather at Sana’a University, calling for an end to the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The demonstrators were apparently inspired by the protests that led to the ouster of Tunisia’s President. […]

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Egypt Sentences Former Finance Minister

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s former finance minister has become the latest high-ranking official who served in former President Hosni Mubarak’s government to be convicted of corruption. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced Youssef Boutros Ghali to 30 years in prison on charges that include misusing public funds. Investigators say Ghali used cars waiting in customs for his personal […]

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Clashes in Tunisia Mining Town Kill 3

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Three people have been reported killed and another 90 wounded in clashes in a Tunisian mining town. Tunisian government officials say the fighting between members of tribal factions in Metlaoui was triggered Friday by rumors that only certain tribes will be offered jobs at the nearby Gafsa phosphate complex, the region’s main employer. Shops were […]

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Thousands Mourn Syrian Protesters Killed on Friday

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the funerals of anti-government protesters killed in unrest in Syria. Syrian rights groups say at least 63 people died Friday as protesters continued to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad. Those groups say the vast majority of deaths were reported in Hama, a city about 300 kilometers […]

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Fresh Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A series of powerful explosions rocked Tripoli late Saturday, in what could be new NATO airstrikes over the Libyan capital. Earlier, NATO announced that it had, for the first time, sent attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met with leaders of the opposition Transitional National Council in the […]

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Palestinians Accept French Peace Talks Plan

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinians have accepted France’s proposal to try to revive Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he has agreed to the offer made by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday. However, there is no indication that Israel has agreed. On Thursday, Juppe said France wants […]

Yemen Says Wounded President Remains in Country

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Yemeni government is denying reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh is among a group of high-level officials who have gone to Saudi Arabia for treatment for wounds suffered in a rocket attack on the presidential compound Friday. A government official said Saturday that Mr. Saleh is undergoing treatment at a military hospital in the […]

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British Foreign Secretary Visits Libyan Rebels

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Libya for talks with opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold, Benghazi. Hague is one of the highest-ranking foreign officials to visit the rebel-held territory. The foreign secretary said he plans to meet with leaders of the Transition National Council on Saturday as part of his efforts to […]

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