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22 Syrian protesters killed: rights activist

DAMASCUS — At least 22 protesters were killed on Friday as anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged around Syria, the head of the National Organisation for Human Rights said. “We have the names of 17 demonstrators killed in Daraa, and we have been told of the deaths of…

Israeli strikes kill six as Gaza seethes

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three militants from the Islamist group Hamas and three Palestinian civilians on Friday, in a second day of a fresh upsurge in the conflict. At least 29 Palestinians have been killed since the latest spasm of violence erupted on…

World food prices dip for the first time in eight months

ROME (AFP) – World food prices fell for the first time in eight months in March after record highs largely due to oil prices, though the situation remains volatile, the UN’s food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Food Price Index dropped to an average 230 points…

NATO ‘not apologizing’ for friendly fire incident

At a press conference in Naples today, NATO’s Rear Admiral Russ Harding stated that the multinational force would not apologize for the accidental bombing of Libyan rebel fighters on Thursday. Harding states that the situation in the area where the bombings took place as “very fluid” with vehicles and munitions…

U.S. combat troops may stay in Iraq beyond 2011, Gates admits

CAMP MAREZ, Iraq (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that American forces were prepared to stay in any role beyond a scheduled pullout late this year, but time was running out for Iraq to ask. Gates, who arrived in Baghdad late Wednesday on an unannounced visit, met…

Japanese economy in dire condition

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s economy is in a “severe condition” with no quick recovery in sight following a triple disaster triggered by the March 11 earthquake that has sent service-sector sentiment plummeting the most on record, the government said on Friday. While Japan confronts the economic impact of the disaster,…

Radioactive water leaks at second Japanese nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Water leaked out of spent fuel pools at the Onagawa nuclear plant in northeast Japan after a strong aftershock rocked the region late on Thursday, but there was no change in the radiation levels outside the plant, operator Tohoku Electric Power Co said on Friday. It said…

Massacre victims found as I. Coast standoff continues

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara enforced a blockade Friday around his rival Laurent Gbagbo’s Abidjan residence, as the UN said it had found more than 100 bodies in the west of the country. Reports of massacres in the west of the country emerged last week…

US trains activists to evade security forces

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments. The US government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that…

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake shakes Japan, tsunami advisories issued

UPDATE: Tsunami warnings have been canceled TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook the northeast of Japan late on Thursday, and a tsunami warning was issued for the coast already devastated by last month’s massive quake and the tsunami that crippled a nuclear power plant. No damage…

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