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Iraq to reopen probe into U.S. executions detailed by WikiLeaks

Iraqi officials said Friday that following revleations by anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, they plan to reopen an investigation into a series of shootings allegedly carried out by U.S. soldiers in 2006. According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in…

Full WikiLeaks ‘cablegate’ archive available online

The complete archive of 251,000 unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks by a military whistleblower is now available for anyone to download and view, thanks to a forthcoming reporter and a breach in security protocol by someone at WikiLeaks. Thinking there was nothing to it, David Leigh,…

Israelis call for ‘demo of one million’

Israeli activists have called for a “demonstration of one million” people as part of their ongoing protest movement against rising costs of living in the Jewish state, organisers said Friday. It will be held Saturday evening across Israel, the organisers said. “We are actually counting on rallying hundreds of thousands…

Turkey expels Israeli envoy over Gaza flotilla

Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara on Friday and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally after a UN report condemned excessive force used by Israel on a Gaza aid flotilla. “At this point the measures we are taking are: The relations between Turkey and Israel will be…

Taliban kidnap 30 Pakistani boys in Afghanistan

Taliban militants have kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had mistakenly crossed the unmarked border in the country’s lawless northwest into Afghanistan, officials said on Friday. They said the incident took place on Thursday after the group of boys, aged between 12 and 18-years-old, visited the area of Gharkhi…

World leaders unblock $15 bn for Libya rebels

World leaders unblocked $15 billion in funds to help Libya’s victorious rebels rebuild their shattered country as fugitive strongman Moamer Kadhafi called for guerrilla warfare. Forty-two years to the day since Kadhafi took power in a coup, senior envoys from over 60 countries Thursday met the leaders of the revolution…

Turkey set to host NATO early warning radar

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is set to host a NATO early-warning radar system as part of improved defenses for the Western military alliance, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Turkey, with NATO’s second biggest military, has a geo-strategic importance to the alliance dating back to its role as a front-line…

Syria faces new sanctions as activists urge demonstrations

Syria on Friday faced fresh sanctions targeting its oil exports, as activists called fresh anti-regime protests under the banner of “death rather than humiliation.” The European Union was to formally adopt an embargo on Syrian oil, but the sanctions would not take effect until November 15 for existing contracts after…

Israel has ‘reservations’ about UN flotilla report

Israel will accept the United Nations report on its deadly attack last year on a flotilla of aid boats for the Gaza Strip with some reservations, a senior official said Friday. “We will announce our acceptance of the report after its official publication, with specific reservations,” the official who declined…

Colombia police find two tonnes of buried cocaine

Colombian police said they have seized 2.2 tonnes of cocaine that was buried in a northern desert and which has a street value of $65 million. The drugs were found in 87 waterproof sacks several feet (metres) beneath the arid La Guajira department in the far north, a coastal province…

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