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Wave of unrest shakes Syria, crowds torch party HQ

DAMASCUS – Crowds set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa Sunday, residents said, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states. The demonstrators also set ablaze the main courts complex and two…

George Will warns of ‘mission creep’ in Libya

Not everyone on the right thinks that U.S. involvement in the operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is a good idea. ABC News invited Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz and conservative columnist George Will Sunday to discuss the attack on Libya. Will seemed to have the Iraq war in mind…

Exiled Tibetans elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide voted on Sunday for a new political leader who hopes to become a fresh face of their struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The revered monk, 75, announced 10 days ago that he wanted to…

Massive crowd turns out to bury Yemen ‘martyrs’

SANAA – Tens of thousands of people turned out for the Sanaa funerals on Sunday of many of the 52 people gunned down by loyalists of Yemen’s president, as more senior regime figures resigned over the killings. Witnesses said it was the biggest gathering of opponents of President Ali Abdullah…

Arab League criticizes Western strikes on Libya

CAIRO – The Arab League on Sunday criticized Western military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich North African state. “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is…

Over 2,000 rally against nuclear plants in Taiwan

TAIPEI – Around 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated in Taiwan on Sunday, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant. The march comes amid a crisis in Japan after a huge quake on March 11 unleashed a tsunami which crippled an atomic plant 250 kilometres (155 miles)…

Saudi stocks soar on king’s spending spree

RIYADH – Saudi stocks rose sharply at the start of trading on Sunday, in the stock market’s first session since King Abdullah ordered unprecedented economic benefits worth around $100 billion. Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) gained 5.6 percent just minutes after trading opened. All 145 listed shares increased as well as…

US hails Egypt vote as ‘important step’

CAIRO – The United States said Sunday that a weekend vote in Egypt that drew millions to the polls was an “important step” towards achieving the goals of the protesters who ended decades of authoritarian rule. US ambassador Margaret Scobey hailed the huge turnout for the referendum on constitutional changes…

Haitians begin voting in presidential run-off

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitians went to the polls on Sunday to choose between a popular singer and a former first lady as the quake-ravaged country’s next leader in an environment dominated by the return of ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Voting began throughout the country at 6:00 am (1000 GMT), as scheduled, an…

West pounds Libya, Gaddafi vows long war

TRIPOLI – US, British and French forces have hammered Libya from the air and sea, prompting leader Moamer Kadhafi to warn on Sunday of a long war in the Mediterranean “battlefield”. The US military said the first stage of coalition raids under a UN Security Council remit to enforce a…

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