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17 dead in Syria as Arab deadline looms

At least 17 people were killed across Syria on Saturday, activists said, as an Arab League deadline for Damascus to stop its lethal crackdown on dissent was set to expire. Among the dead were four intelligence agents killed by gunmen who raked their car with gunfire and two mutinous soldiers who died in clashes with regular…

One dead, hundreds injured in iconic Egypt protest hub

A demonstrator was killed and hundreds of people injured on Saturday as Egyptian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a sit-in organised by some of the driving forces behind the Arab Spring revolt. The dead man sustained a bullet wound to the chest, a doctor on the scene…

UN atomic watchdog condemns Iran

The UN atomic agency’s board passed Friday a resolution condemning Iran’s nuclear activities tabled by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council after the watchdog’s damning recent report. But the text, proposed at the International Atomic Energy Agencyby the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and 12 others, stopped…

Clinton says ‘there could be a civil war’ in Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Friday of the possibility of a civil war in Syria that either is directed or influenced by Syrian army defectors. “I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors…

Merkel, Cameron struggle to stress unity on Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron strained Friday to stress their unity on tacklingEurope’s spiralling debt crisis but differed sharply on key points. After tensions flared in the run up to their talks in Berlin, the two conservative leaders put a brave face on their differences but failed to…

UN urged to take Yemen’s Saleh to criminal court

An opposition MP on Friday urged the UN Security Council, which is to meet on Yemen, to refer President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the International Criminal Court over bloodshed linked to his refusal to quit. “We call on the Security Council to impose sanctions on President Saleh and to refer him to the ICC,” said Fued Dahaba,…

Intergovernmental report: Extreme climate events becoming more frequent, costly

Intense, months-long heat waves, fierce flooding and an ever-increasing human and economic toll from natural disasters are all things governments around the world should begin anticipating, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced on Friday. In a draft report, the scientific body warned that climate extremes are more likely…

Philippine ex-President Arroyo arrested in hospital

MANILA (Reuters) – Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested on Friday for electoral fraud, which carries a life sentence, at a Manila hospital, preventing her departure from the country to seek medical treatment. President Benigno Aquino and his government have long accused Arroyo of corruption during her two…

Ex-Soviet states take first step to ‘Eurasian Union’

Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakhstan and Belarus counterparts Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko were to sign a declaration on further economic integration at a summit in Moscow, the Kremlin…

Libyan rendition victim files complaint against MI6

A Libyan Islamist has filed a criminal complaint with London police claiming British and US intelligence handed him over to Moamer Kadhafi’s regime in 2004, a rights group said on Thursday. Sami al-Saadi said he and his family of six were detained while living in London, then illegally rendered to Libyan authorities by the foreign…

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