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Arbitrator rules against Illinois lay-offs, closures

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Plans by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to close seven state facilities and lay off more than 1,900 workers violate the state’s agreement with an employee union, an arbitrator ruled on Monday. Edwin Benn, the arbitrator, cited a 2010 agreement between Illinois and the American Federation of State,…

Syrian street hails new anti-regime front: activists

The Syrian National Council, a newly launched anti-regime front, has gained mass support in Syria with many people demanding it be recognised as the country’s sole authority, activists said on Monday. The popular support on Syria’s streets for the SNC, forged Sunday in Turkey, comes as US Defence Secretary Leon…

West Hollywood nears approval of first fur ban in U.S.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) – Taking a stand for animal rights over fashion, the tiny, tony municipality of West Hollywood is poised to become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of fur clothing within its boundaries. The five-member City Council voted unanimously on September 20 to give tentative…

20 killed in biggest Syrian protests so far: witnesses

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead at least 20 protesters on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people staged the biggest protests so far against President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses and rights groups said. Assad, facing the greatest challenge to 40 years of Baath Party rule, has sought to…

Son of former DC mayor Marion Barry charged with PCP possession

The son of former Washington, D.C. mayor and D.C. Council member Marion Barry has been charged with possession with the intent to sell PCP, according to WOTP. Police officers found five sandwich bags of marijuana and a vial of PCP in the 31-year-old’s apartment. Barry was elected as mayor of D.C.…

West piles pressure for UN action on Syria

Western governments ratcheted up the pressure for UN Security Council action against Syria on Wednesday with France branding blocking moves by China and Russia “indecent.” US President Barack Obama said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had no legitimacy after repeatedly ducking opportunities for reform, as ties between Damascus and Western governments…

Obama blasts Syria’s Assad after embassy attacks

President Barack Obama said Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad had lost legitimacy, as ties with Damascus nosedived after pro-regime protesters attacked the US and French embassies. US rhetoric against Assad mounted after the attacks, also condemned by the UN Security Council and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and a senior US official…

Libyan rebels must talk to Gaddafi’s government: France

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – France’s defense minister has said it is time for Libya’s rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi’s government, signaling growing impatience with progress in the conflict. Gaddafi’s son, in an interview with an Algerian newspaper on Monday, said the Libyan leader’s government was in talks with the French…

France defends arms airlift to Libya rebels

NEW YORK/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – France said it did not break a U.N. arms embargo by airlifting weapons to Libya’s rebels because the arms were needed to defend civilians under threat. France on Wednesday became the first NATO country to openly acknowledge arming rebels seeking to topple Muammar Gaddafi, who…

Deal to end war in Libya may be imminent

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council says that intermediaries have informed him that Muamar al Gaddafi is ready to make a deal to end the current conflict.…

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