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Turkey keeps up bombing of rebel bases in Iraq

Turkish jets kept up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight, as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq, officials and media reports said on Friday. Turkish war planes continued to take off from Diyarbakir, the regional capital of the mainly Kurdish southeast, to…

Gaddafi’s killing fuels Syria’s Friday protests

AMMAN (Reuters) – The killing of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi fueled demonstrations across Syria after Friday prayers that called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, braving a heavier than normal security presence, activists and residents said. “Gaddafi is finished. It is your turn now Bashar!” shouted demonstrators in the town…

Canadian protesters greet Bush with song ‘praising’ his unending wars

Protesters outside the fourth annual Surrey Regional Economic Summit in Canada on Thursday mockingly praised former President George W. Bush’s “unending war on drugs and terror and the poor” with a hymn. He was invited to speak at the summit by Mayor Dianne Watts. The demonstration came after Amnesty International…

‘That’s for Lockerbie’: British press cheers Kadhafi demise

LONDON — The death of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is a triumph which serves as a warning to other Middle East dictators, but concerns linger over the embattled nation’s future, media said Friday. Newspapers also lauded Britain’s role in bringing about the long-serving ruler’s downfall, but public opinion appeared to…

Egypt, Israel close to swap of alleged spy for prisoners

CAIRO — The Egyptian foreign ministry has been charged with overseeing the exchange of an Israeli-American alleged spy being held in Egypt for Egyptian prisoners in Israel, the official Mena news agency reported late Thursday. The foreign ministry will be responsible “for overseeing the exchange of spy Ilan Grapel for…

Vatican asks Hindus to fight anti-Christian propaganda

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday asked Hindus to fight “hateful propaganda” and allow Christians to practise their religion freely, in a message delivered to mark the upcoming festival of light, Diwali. The message, signed by the head and deputy head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious dialogue, Cardinal…

Clashes rage in Syria between army, deserters

DAMASCUS — Clashes raged Thursday in Syria between troops and suspected army deserters as more civilians were reportedly killed in the crisis-hit country, a rights group said. On the diplomatic front the Arab League announced that Syrian authorities had agreed to allow a delegation to visit the country next week…

U.S. shuts north Iraq division ahead of pullout

BAGHDAD — The US military closed its north Iraq division on Thursday, leaving 18 bases in the country ahead of a year-end pullout, with Baghdad and Washington still at an impasse over a future troop deal. The closure of US Division-North was the latest in an operation to reduce Washington’s…

Russia must tackle ‘critical’ suicide rate: experts

MOSCOW — Russia must launch a public health campaign to reduce the country’s suicide rate, among the highest in the world, top psychiatrists said on Thursday. In 2010, the suicide rate reached 23.5 per 100,000 people, the sixth highest in the world and well above the “critical” limit of 20…

Clinton, Karzai seek ‘political exit’ to Afghan war

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to hold talks with the Afghan president in Kabul Thursday, pushing diplomatic moves ahead of international conferences aimed at ending the 10-year war. The top US diplomat was expected to meet President Hamid Karzaifor talks before lunch, as she seeks to build on the…

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