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White House warns on Bahrain protests

WASHINGTON — The White House warned on Wednesday that Bahrain should respect the rights of its citizens to peaceful protest, but declined to discuss whether unrest could impact the US Fifth Fleet base there. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney said that the White House was closely watching developments in…

Rioting hits Libyan city of Benghazi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people clashed with police and government supporters overnight in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, a witness and local media said, in a rare show of unrest in the oil exporting country. Protesters angered by the arrest of a human rights activist threw petrol bombs,…

Tunisian reservists report for duty amid instability

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisian army reservists reported for duty Wednesday after being recalled by the interim government struggling to impose order following the toppling of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a month ago. Between 400 and 500 turned up at a main mobilisation centre at Bouchoucha, in the suburbs…

Israel says Iran sending warships to Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Iran is sending two warships into the eastern Mediterranean, Israel’s foreign minister said Wednesday, labelling the act a “provocation” that the Jewish state cannot ignore for long. “Tonight two Iranian warships are supposed to cross the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria,” Foreign…

Exclusive: Revolutionary spirit could spread, author tells Raw

Despite the unique circumstances that brought about social unrest in countries across the Middle East, the wave of revolutions could indeed continue onward, a noted author and history professor recently told Raw Story. “One never says never,” he quipped. Juan Cole, author of “Engaging the Muslim World,” who also teaches…

Pakistan PM hints at family pardon for US official

ISLAMABAD — Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani suggested on Wednesday that relatives of two Pakistani men shot dead by a US official might pardon the American, but also said it was for a court to decide the man’s fate. The comments came as US Senator John Kerry visited the country…

Teen killed as Iraq guards fire into demo

KUT, Iraq — A teenager was killed Wednesday when private guards shot at protesters who set fire to several Iraqi government offices, in the country’s most violent demonstrations since uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The protests, which also left 27 people wounded, took place in the southern city of Kut,…

Berlusconi vows to stay on, not worried by scandal

ROME (Reuters) – A defiant Silvio Berlusconi vowed on Wednesday to see out his term as Italian Prime Minister until 2013, saying he was unworried by an order to stand trial for abuse of power and paying for sex with an underage girl. “For love of country I won’t talk…

Iran says protest planners will fail as MPs rage

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday those behind anti-government protests in Iran will fail, as furious lawmakers demanded the execution of opposition chiefs who had called for the rallies. US President Barack Obama, in one of his most direct reactions to Monday’s events in Iran, offered encouragement to…

Berlusconi to stand trial for underage sex

ROME – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will go on trial in April over allegations that he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex and used his status to spring her from police custody, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge Cristina Di Censo scheduled the first hearing for April 6, in a…

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