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UN to give Ban Ki-moon new term as leader

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The UN General Assembly will on Tuesday elect South Korean Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN leader after he was backed by all major powers. Outspoken in faulting the leaders of Arab countries facing protests, but criticised himself by some human rights groups, the…

Syria’s Assad vows change but not under ‘chaos’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even the end of his Baath party’s monopoly on power but refused to reform Syria under “chaos.” After widespread condemnation of a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests, the country was at a…

Senators propose resolution for limited US role in Libya

WASHINGTON — Key Senate Democrats and Republicans introduced a resolution Monday endorsing limited US military intervention in Libya, more than two months after coalition raids began. The text “supports the limited use of military force by the United States in Libya as part of the NATO mission to enforce United…

Iran tells EU next nuclear talks must be “just”

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator replied on Tuesday to a letter from the EU foreign policy chief on a resumption of talks over Tehran’s atomic program, saying they must be held without pressure, state television said. The United States and allies suspect Iran is trying to develop atom bombs under the…

Myanmar military rule ends, but army retains grip

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s military handed power to a nominally civilian government after almost 50 years in power Wednesday, as the ruling junta was disbanded and a new president appointed. Myanmar state television reported the junta’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) “has been officially dissolved”, quoting an order signed…

World powers raise pressure for Gaddafi’s exit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States stepped up pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit on Tuesday, and rebels fighting him promised to build a free, democratic state if they won power in Tripoli. British Prime Minister David Cameron, opening a conference of 40 governments and international bodies on Libya, accused Gaddafi’s supporters of “murderous attacks”…

Christian group castigates Obama for urging tolerance toward gays

A right-leaning Christian group is outraged that that an Obama administration joint statement with the United Nations opposes the criminalization of homosexuality. The Family Rights Council (FRC) has taken to calling the resolution “Operation International Tolerance.” “While American forces bomb away at Libya, the Obama administration is launching another global…

Putin likens U.N. Libya resolution to crusade calls

VOTKINSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday likened the U.N. Security Council resolution supporting military action in Libya to medieval calls for crusades. Putin, in the first major remarks from a Russian leader since a coalition of Western countries began air strikes in Libya, said that Muammar…

West pounds Libya, Gaddafi vows long war

TRIPOLI – US, British and French forces have hammered Libya from the air and sea, prompting leader Moamer Kadhafi to warn on Sunday of a long war in the Mediterranean “battlefield”. The US military said the first stage of coalition raids under a UN Security Council remit to enforce a…

WATCH Live: Obama addresses the situation in Libya after UN approves no-fly zone

Watch the video of Obama’s comments on the situation in Libya and the UN Security Council’s approval of a no-fly zone live below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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