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Algeria lifts state of emergency after 19 years

ALGIERS – Algeria on Thursday lifted its state of emergency after 19 years following unprecedented protests last month that threatened President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decades-old regime, against a background of revolts across the Arab world. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has “ordered the cancellation of the extension of the emergency measure put in…

Don’t test Israel, Netanyahu warns Gaza militants

JERUSALEM – Israel on Thursday warned militants in the Gaza Strip not to “test” the Jewish state, as fighter jets pounded targets across the coastal enclave after a Palestinian rocket attack. Slamming into a house, it was the first rocket to strike Israel’s city of Beersheva since the devastating 2008-2009…

Gaddafi blames hallucinogens, Osama bin Laden for insurrection

BENGHAZI, Libya – Moamer Kadhafi blamed Al-Qaeda on Thursday for an insurrection wracking Libya as he addressed his divided nation for the second time this week to galvanise support for his crumbling regime. Speaking on state television, the embattled Kadhafi insisted the uprising against his 41-year rule was not a…

Photos point to second Syrian nuclear site

WASHINGTON — Satellite photos published by a Washington think tank on Wednesday appear to show Syrian efforts to conceal a second suspected nuclear site allegedly linked to a reactor bombed by Israel in 2007. The photos acquired by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) indicate Syria tried to…

Libya coerced US oil companies to pay for terrorism settlements, leaked cable shows

LONDON (Reuters) – Libya’s ruling family tried to coerce billions of dollars from Libyan and foreign oil companies, and its leader Muammar Gaddafi exhorted the United States to sow division in Saudi Arabia, leaked American diplomatic cables reveal. One cable seen by Reuters, sent from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli,…

Palestinians renew protest against US veto

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday rallied in the West Bank against the US veto of a UN Security Council resolution criticising Israeli settlement building. In Nablus, at least 5,000 people, many waving flags or holding banners, lashed out at President Barack Obama’s administration for nixing the…

Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Israeli jets bombed sites across Gaza Thursday after a Palestinian rocket slammed into a house in the southern city of Beersheva, raising tension along the enclave’s border. The Israeli military said it had targeted several Hamas camps in Gaza during early morning raids, after…

Watch uprising in Libya live on Al Jazeera English

The video below is a live broadcast from Al Jazeera English, covering the Libyan revolution.…

Cables show Libya pressed oil firms to reimburse terror costs

LONDON (Reuters) – Libya’s ruling family tried to coerce billions of dollars from Libyan and foreign oil companies, and its leader Muammar Gaddafi exhorted the United States to sow division in Saudi Arabia, leaked American diplomatic cables reveal. One cable seen by Reuters, sent from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli,…

Court agrees to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julain Assange to Sweden over sex allegations

LONDON (Reuters) – A British court agreed on Thursday to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over sex crimes, dismissing claims the move would breach his human rights. Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies, made…

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