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Arab bloggers debate role ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

Arab bloggers in Tunis on Monday discussed the role they played in the “Arab Spring,” just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for which some among them are seen as frontrunners. As the meeting got underway in the country whose “Jasmine Revolution” kicked off the turmoil in…

Arab Spring cyberactivists hold convention in Tunis

TUNIS — Some 200 Arab bloggers involved in cyberactivism will gather in Tunis Monday to discuss the role of the Internet and social networking in political change following the “Arab Spring”, organisers said. Following on gatherings in Beirut in 2008 and 2009, the third meeting of Arab bloggers will focus…

Republican Pawlenty assails Obama on Middle East

Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty charged Tuesday that President Barack Obama has mishandled the “Arab Spring” and that prospects for Middle East peace have dimmed on the Democrat’s watch. “Israeli-Palestinian peace is further away now than the day Barack Obama came to office,” the former Minnesota governor said in…

Libyan gov’t claims ‘barbaric’ NATO raid killed civilians, children

LIBYAN officials revealed nine bodies, five from the same family including two toddlers, killed in a “barbaric” NATO air raid yesterday, hours after international organisations urged a political process to end the war. Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim accused the Western alliance of deliberately targeting civilians, saying there were no military…

New military head Dempsey urges response to Arab Spring

LONDON (AFP) – The man named by President Barack Obama to be the top US military officer said Wednesday that American forces must adapt to an uncertain world after the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden. In his first public comments since Obama unveiled him as his…

Obama and British PM Cameron in talks about Arab Spring protests

LONDON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday, grappling with the turmoil across the Arab world and the NATO effort to dislodge Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. Obama, on the third day of a European tour, swapped the glitter of a royal state…

Libyan gang-rape victim Eman al-Obeidy flees to Tunisia

Eman al-Obeidy became one of the more recognizable faces of the so-called Arab Spring in March, when she burst into a Tripoli hotel and told journalists about her gang-rape at the hands of pro-Gaddafi military men, then was dragged out of the hotel and went missing for days. Now, al-Obeidy…

American Muslims celebrate bin Laden’s death

DEARBORN, Michigan — Arab and Muslim Americans Monday celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden saying justice had been served, but remained wary of any Al-Qaeda reprisals, and said the scars of 9/11 run deep. A crowd gathered outside the Dearborn city hall shortly after the news was announced Sunday…

Gaddafi’s youngest son killed in NATO airstrike

(AFP) Sayf al-Arab Gaddafi, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, has been killed in an airstrike on Saturday, a government spokesman says. UPDATE: TRIPOLI – SAYF al-Arab Gaddafi, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, and three of his grandchildren were killed in an airstrike on Saturday, a government…

U.S. Fed loaned Libya-backed bank billions

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve lent a Libyan state-backed bank billions of dollars during the financial crisis, documents made public on Thursday have revealed. The Arab Bank Corporation, which is today 59.3 percent owned by the Libyan government, borrowed in slices as big as $1.175 billion from the US central…

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