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Yemeni Forces May Be Targeting Military Defectors

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, say government forces have shelled a government building where army officers who have defected to the opposition are suspected to have taken refuge. The shelling occurred during clashes in the capital between pro-government forces and loyalists to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, an opposition tribal chief. Medical officials and witnesses tallying […]

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Iranian Parliament to Challenge President’s Oil Role in Court

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s parliament says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acted illegally when he declared himself the caretaker oil minister and the assembly has voted to take him to court. Iranian media reports said Wednesday that lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to refer the president’s “violations” to the judiciary. The country’s constitutional watchdog body has already ruled that Mr. Ahmadinejad’s takeover […]

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Israeli Company Embroiled in Controversy Over Iran Trade Allegations

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Israeli company is embroiled in controversy after it was blacklisted by the U.S. State Department last week for allegedly trading with Iran. Ofer Brothers Group, which is owned by Israel’s wealthiest family, was sanctioned because one of its subsidiaries sold an oil tanker to Iran. The U.S. and allies have imposed sanctions against trade […]

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Report: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Syria

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says it has reports of recent killings and torture by Syrian troops that may qualify as crimes against humanity. The New York-based group released a report Wednesday based on more than 50 interviews with victims and witnesses of the violence. The report centers on the southern city of Daraa, where Syrian forces […]

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Report: Possible “Crimes Against Humanity” in Syria

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rights group Human Rights Watch says it has reports of recent killings and torture by Syrian troops that may qualify as crimes against humanity. The New York-based group released a report Wednesday based on interviews with more than 50 interviews with victims and witnesses of the violence. The report centers on the southern city of […]

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At Least 37 Dead in Yemen Fighting

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Yemen say at least 37 people were killed in heavy fighting overnight in the capital, Sana’a. Battles raged on several fronts as a tenuous ceasefire announced Friday broke down. The fighting in Sana’a erupted early Tuesday with breakaway army units loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar attacking a number of government buildings. Opposition tribesmen […]

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Israeli Police Guard Against Jerusalem Day Violence

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Security is high in Jerusalem Wednesday as Jewish residents celebrate Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s seizing control of East Jerusalem in 1967. Israel’s police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says 3,000 officers have been deployed throughout the city to ensure that the situation remains peaceful as thousands of people march through the streets of the city. […]

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