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Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran

From a tiny studio in a rundown district of southern Tel Aviv, a group of Iranian-Israelis beam non-stop music and news in a bid to reach out to their former fellow countrymen. As the war of words between the leaders of the Jewish state and theIslamic Republic heats up over Iran’s contested…

Oil market tension ‘may be easing’

Tension on the oil market may be easing, the IEA said on Thursday in a report offering some hope for the global economy, but sanctions could cause production by Iran to “plummet”. Oil prices have been on a rising trend since late 2009, when the world economy began to recover from the financial crisis, to…

Strong 6.9-magnitude quake strikes off Mexico

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico’s Pacific coast early Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The earthquake hit around 12:15 am (0715 GMT) in the Gulf of California, 133 kilometers (82 miles) northeast of the town of Guerrero Negro in…

Britain to boost Syria opposition support if no ceasefire

WASHINGTON — Britain will boost support for Syria’s opposition and seek tougher sanctions if government forces do not adhere to a ceasefire, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned Wednesday. Hague spoke at a meeting of the Group of Eight powers in Washington as Syria said that it would cease operations against…

White House condemns Bahrain violence

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” over an upsurge in violence in Bahrain, condemning attacks on police but also calling on security forces to show restraint. “The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in Bahrain, and we urge all parties to…

Miracle baby found alive in Argentine morgue after declared dead

A premature baby who had been declared dead was found alive 12 hours later in the morgue, a health official in northeastern Argentina said. The parents of the baby, who was in serious condition, were going to name her Luciana Abigail but have changed their minds and are calling her…

Syria declares halt to military operations on Thursday

The Syrian defence ministry said Wednesday that it will cease military operations against rebel fighters from Thursday, the day set by peace envoy Kofi Annan as a deadline to halt hostilities, state television reported. “After our armed forces completed successful operations in combating the criminal acts of the armed terrorist…

Baby girl’s death highlights plight of India’s ‘unwanted girls’

A three-month-old baby girl that police say was battered by her father who wanted a son died on Wednesday, highlighting the plight of millions of India’s “unwanted girls”. Neha Afreen died from cardiac arrest at a state-run hospital in India’s tech hub of Bangalore after battling for life for three…

Cable shows U.S. permission required for key Ugandan combat ops

Update (below): Publisher confirms cyber attack following Raw Story report A U.S. State Department cable composed in Dec. 2009 sheds yet more light on the murky relationship between the Obama administration and the Ugandan government, pointing to an information sharing agreement that prohibits the Ugandan regime from engaging in certain…

China purges rising political star as wife is probed for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of…

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