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War to go on even if NATO bombing ends: Gaddafi camp

TRIPOLI/ZLITAN, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s camp has vowed to push on with its war against rebels whether or not NATO stops its bombing campaign, leaving little room for diplomacy to end the five-month conflict. The rebels and their Western backers kept up the pressure on the veteran…

Mubarak trial may scare Arab rulers, placate Egyptians

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s fallen leader, Hosni Mubarak, goes on trial Wednesday over his role in killing protesters, in a stark message to Arab rulers elsewhere that they too may one day be held to account. In domestic politics, putting the former president in the dock may help quell criticism…

Egypt military arrests BBC journalist

Egypt’s military arrested a BBC journalist when it cleared out a central Cairo protest that left several protesters injured and dozens detained, officials with the British broadcaster said on Tuesday. Shaimaa Khalil was detained on Monday after the military, backed by riot police, cleared the three-week sit-in in Tahrir Square,…

U.S. says Iran-backed militia attacks down in Iraq

There has been a significant decline in attacks carried out by Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq in recent weeks, after June saw the highest US death toll in two years, the top US officer said on Tuesday. Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made…

U.S., Israel propose new talks to head off UN bid

Israel is willing to begin new peace talks using the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations, if the Palestinians drop their UN membership bid, an Israeli government official confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official confirmed that Israel has been working with Washington and members of…

Minor accident in Indian nuclear plant: report

Four labourers were exposed to low levels of radiation at an Indian nuclear plant at the end of May after an error in the control room, a report said Tuesday. The Times of India, quoting the director of the Kakrapur Atomic Power Station in eastern Gujarat state, said the labourers…

Vietnam court hears top dissident’s appeal

A tightly-guarded Vietnamese court on Tuesday began hearing the appeal of a prominent dissident whose seven-year jail sentence sparked deep concern among Western nations. Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, the son of a revolutionary leader, was convicted in April of spreading propaganda against the communist state. His first trial lasted…

Toll from two Philippine storms rises to 70

The combined death toll from Tropical Storm Nock-ten and Typhoon Muifa in the Philippines has risen to 70, with threats of yet another storm in the rain-battered country, the government said Tuesday. The toll, previously at 54, rose as two children were reported killed by a landslide at a quarry…

21 top Mexican prosecutors quit amid purge

Mexico’s attorney general’s office announced the resignations of federal prosecutors of 21 out of 32 states amid a widespread purge of the department. Attorney General Marisela Morales said in a statement shortly afterwards that “purging is fundamental within the PGR (Attorney General’s Office) to give the results that citizens are…

China jailing Nobel winner broke international law: UN

A United Nations panel has called for the release of jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, saying their detention breaks international law. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention criticised Liu’s pre-trial detention, saying he was held “incommunicado” and denied access to a…

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