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Gulf leaders demand end to Syrian bloodshed

Gulf Arab states on Saturday turned up the heat on Damascus, joining a growing chorus of pressure after Syrian security forces shot dead at least 22 people as tens of thousands staged anti-regime protests. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for an “immediate end to violence… and bloodshed.” Its statement…

SEAL Team 6, unit that killed Osama bin Laden, died in helicopter crash: AP

The Associated Press reported that the majority of the 31 American troops killed Saturday when the Taliban shot down a military helicopter over Afghanistan were members of SEAL Team 6, the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered news of the 38 total…

Libyan rebels report town under siege

Residents of a small Libyan town, just 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, who took up arms against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime were said to be under siege on Saturday. A representative from Al-Qusbat’s rebel military committee told AFP that the town was now surrounded by Kadhafi’s forces and fears are…

World fails Afghanistan despite spending billions: group

KABUL (Reuters) – The global community has failed to create a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan despite pouring billions of dollars into the South Asian nation during a decade-long war against the Taliban, says the International Crisis Group. The Brussels-based think tank said the United States and its allies…

Japan PM in Hiroshima vows nuclear-free future

A ceremony on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing was dominated by national soul-searching on atomic power as Japan’s prime minister pledged a nuclear-free future. Marking the 66th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing at an annual event usually devoted to opposing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister…

Congressman seeks peacekeepers on Sudan ‘genocide’

A senior US lawmaker urged the immediate deployment of peacekeepers to Sudan’s war-torn border region of Southern Kordofan, warning of a risk of “genocide” by government forces. South Sudan last month broke away from Sudan to become the world’s newest independent nation but violence has persisted in Southern Kordofan, an…

Syria places ‘severe’ constraints on diplomats: US

The United States has urged US citizens to depart Syria “immediately,” and noted that the Damascus government has placed “severe” constraints on the travel of US diplomats in the country. The travel warning, an update to an April 25 order for US embassy staff’s family members and some non-emergency personnel…

Gaza smugglers thriving after Mubarak

The swarm of tunnel activity on the Gaza border raises clouds of fine dust, a sure sign of the boom in underground trafficking since the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. While the ousted president appeared in court this week on a stretcher, smugglers from the Palestinian territories — under an…

Murdoch attacker has jail sentence cut

A stand-up comedian jailed for six weeks for throwing shaving foam at media mogul Rupert Murdoch had his sentence cut to four weeks by a British court on Friday. Jonathan May-Bowles, a 26-year-old who calls himself Jonnie Marbles, was seeking to overturn the sentence he received this week for the…

China paper scoffs at suggestion Beijing is hacking villain

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top official newspaper on Friday dismissed as irresponsible suggestions Beijing was the “state actor” behind massive Internet hacking of governments and companies that security company McAfee this week said it had discovered. The report in the People’s Daily, the main mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party,…

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