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Iraqi PM calls for crisis talks

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for talks with rival political leaders on Tuesday to head off a worsening crisis since an arrest warrant was issued for the Sunni vice president, an aide said. “Maliki is calling for a conference of heads of political blocs and political leaders to discuss…

Phone hacking Russian style: Opposition party under fire

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In a sign Vladimir Putin’s allies may be getting serious about tackling the biggest protests of his 12-year rule, a loyal media outlet has published telephone calls of an opposition leader laced with profanities denigrating colleagues and followers. True to Russia’s history of KGB-style stings, the recordings…

Arab revolution puts women’s rights in the spotlight

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At a pre-wedding evening party in central Tripoli, a group of Libyan women sing traditional songs to the beat of a drum as they prepare to apply henna to the bride’s hands and feet. Clapping her hands to the music as she waited for the bride to…

Chinese police ‘fire tear-gas and beat protesters’

Police fired tear-gas and beat demonstrators who stormed government buildings in southern China on Tuesday to protest against a power plant, witnesses said, in the latest violent unrest to hit the country. Residents of Haimen, a town in the province of Guangdong, are demanding the coal-fired plant be moved, saying…

Karzai wants immediate halt to NATO night raids

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday demanded an immediate halt to controversial NATO-led night raids and for foreign forces to stop entering Afghan homes, his spokesman said. The comments come after NATO on Monday defended the operations as the safest way of targeting insurgent leaders, insisting they will continue but…

Egypt’s Tahrir clashes rage on for fifth day

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest effort to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule, amid mounting international concern about the violence. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned as “shocking”…

Atomic agency wants to redeploy nuclear inspectors in North Korea: report

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Atomic Energy Agency must redeploy its inspectors in North Korea to help with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Yukiya Amano, director general of the U.N. nuclear agency was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, announced…

Kashmir education officials accused of ‘sedition’ over textbook

Police in Indian Kashmir have registered a case of sedition against six state education officials over a school textbook that they say depicts the police as tyrants. A police official, who declined to be identified, told AFP Tuesday that the complaint charged the head of the state education board, Sheikh…

Kim’s body on show in North Korea amid mass mourning

North Korea Tuesday put the body of late leader Kim Jong-Il on display in a glass coffin and heaped praise on his son and successor, amid world wariness at the transition in the nuclear-armed nation. US President Barack Obama pledged to defend regional allies such as South Korea and Japan…

Organized hysteria follows death of Kim Jong-Il

SEOUL — North Korea’s state television broadcast scenes of “indescribable sorrow” after Monday’s announcement of the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, as hysterical people pounded the ground in a display of grief. The death of the 69-year-old “Dear Leader” was revealed on state television by a female announcer clad in…

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