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Kazakhstan reels from impact of nuclear tests, 20 years on

The 79-year-old Yevdokia Matushkina struggles to remember. Her memories often fail her. Except one. Sitting in her tiny room at a home for the elderly in the eastern Kazakh city of Semey, Matushkina remembers the days when the loud blasts of nuclear tests several hundred kilometres away frightened everyone. A…

Iran warns NATO against entering Syria ‘quagmire’

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned NATO on Sunday against any temptation to intervene in Syria, saying that rather than the defeating a regime it would be bogged down in a “quagmire” similar to Iraq or Afghanistan. Syria’s closest ally in the Middle East, Iran has in recent days tempered its…

Libyan forces close in on Gaddafi’s home town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan forces closed in on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town Sunday, vowing to seize it by force if negotiations failed, and their leaders ruled out any talks with the deposed ruler. Gaddafi’s foes were advancing on his birthplace of Sirte, which straddles the east-west coastal road, but one…

Gaza rocket hits southern Israel

A rocket fired by Gaza militants on Sunday hit southern Israel in what was the fourth projectile lobbed across the border since a truce took hold two days earlier, Israeli officials said. The rocket landed near Khatzerim, a village just west of the southern desert city of Beersheva, a police…

Pakistani officials doubt US killed Al-Qaeda no. 2

Pakistani security officials expressed doubt on Sunday over reports from the United States that it had killed the Al-Qaeda second-in-command near the Afghan border. A senior US official said on Saturday that Atiyah abd al-Rahman had been killed in the northwest tribal area of Waziristan on August 22, without divulging…

Gruesome find in Tripoli as rebels call for aid

Libyan rebels have started work to get the capital up and running again, as a gruesome find near a base of Moamer Kadhafi’s elite troops appeared to highlight the brutality of his regime. Rebel fighters said on Saturday they had captured the base of the elite 32 Brigade, commanded by…

Al-Qaeda number two killed in Pakistan: US

Al-Qaeda’s number two Atiyah abd al-Rahman has been killed in Pakistan, the United States said, claiming another “tremendous” blow to the group following the death of Osama bin Laden. News of Rahman’s demise comes as the US gears up to mark the 10th anniversary of Al-Qaeda’s most spectacular attack, on…

Rebels prepare to attack Gaddafi’s home town

British warplanes bombed a bunker in Moamer Gaddafi’s birthplace of Sirte as rebel fighters prepared to attack the town, one of the last major regime holdouts east of Tripoli. As insurgent leaders moved into Tripoli to begin a political transition, the African Union called Friday for that process to be…

Libyans count deadly cost of battle for Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Residents of Tripoli dug makeshift graves to bury the dead as evidence emerged of widespread summary killings during the battle for the Libyan capital. A week after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the stench of decomposing bodies and burning garbage hung over the city as it faced…

Al Qaeda number two killed in Pakistan: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number two leader of al Qaeda, Atiyah abd al-Rahman, was killed on August 22 in Pakistan, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday. Powered by Mochila…

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