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Arab bloggers debate role ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

Arab bloggers in Tunis on Monday discussed the role they played in the “Arab Spring,” just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for which some among them are seen as frontrunners. As the meeting got underway in the country whose “Jasmine Revolution” kicked off the turmoil in…

Syrian street hails new anti-regime front: activists

The Syrian National Council, a newly launched anti-regime front, has gained mass support in Syria with many people demanding it be recognised as the country’s sole authority, activists said on Monday. The popular support on Syria’s streets for the SNC, forged Sunday in Turkey, comes as US Defence Secretary Leon…

Another Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China: report

A young Tibetan monk tried to set himself on fire in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Monday while holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama, AsiaNews said, citing sources in the Tibetan government in exile in India. It said the monk, who was identified as Kalsang and believed…

Fall of Syrian regime a ‘matter of time’: US

It is “a matter of time” before the Syrian regime headed by President Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power by a popular uprising, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Speaking in Tel Aviv after meeting his Israeli counterpart, Panetta said Washington and other foreign capitals had “made clear…

South Africa drags feet in democracy struggle: Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday criticised South Africa for stalling on awarding a visa to the Dalai Lama and for lacking “enthusiasm” in fighting for democracy elsewhere. “Sometimes we get the feeling perhaps that South Africa, or rather I must be frank and say perhaps South…

BRICs push for bigger say in running of internet

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Campaigners for a loosely regulated Internet are alarmed at the risk to Web freedom from fast-growing BRIC and other emerging economies seeking more say in how the online realm is policed. They fear tighter government control by authoritarian countries will strangle the liberal culture which has allowed…

Megrahi says his Lockerbie role exaggerated

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, said his role in the attack had been exaggerated and the truth about what really happened would emerge soon. Al-Megrahi, released from a Scottish prison two years ago because he was suffering…

Alibaba chief ‘interested’ in buying Yahoo!

The head of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba is “interested” in buyingYahoo! and has been approached by private equity firms and other groups about doing a deal, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Jack Ma, chief executive of Alibaba, China’s top online retailer, was quoted as making the comments at a “China 2.0″ event at Stanford University on Friday, according to…

Tearful Amanda Knox pleads for freedom

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – American student Amanda Knox made a tearful plea on Monday to be acquitted of murdering her British roommate during a brutal erotic game, saying she was paying with her life for a crime she did not commit. “I am the same person I was four years ago,” said Knox,…

Crude oil prices slip on Greek default fears

World oil prices slid on Monday, as tumbling global equities and fresh fears of a Greek default sparked concern over the energy demand outlook, with the market also hit by the strong dollar. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in November, dipped 47 cents to $78.73 a barrel. Brent North…

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