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Clinton: Syrian President Assad has ‘lost legitimacy’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Monday after Syrian “thugs” besieged the US embassy in Damascus, saying President Bashar Al-Assad was “not indispensable” and had “lost legitimacy.” Syria’s charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in Washington to explain the Assad regime’s “outrageous” failure to meet…

Mobs storm U.S., French embassies in Syria

Angry mobs stormed the American and French embassies in Syria on Monday, after the two Western envoys visited the city of Hama, a flashpoint for protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The foreign ministry in Paris said three French staff were wounded in the embassy attack, while a US official…

U.S. defense contractor pays $7.5 million to settle Kabul brothel row

WASHINGTON — An American firm providing security at the US embassy in Afghanistan has paid $7.5 million to settle claims its guards visited brothels in Kabul with the knowledge of company officials, the Justice Department said Thursday. Armor Group North America Inc. (AGNA) and its affiliates made the payout ostensibly…

Hezbollah members confess to spying for CIA: Nasrallah

BEIRUT (AFP) – Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said members of his group had confessed to being CIA agents, and accused arch-foe Israel of turning to the US spy agency after failing to infiltrate his party. The US embassy in Beirut immediately dismissed the accusations as “empty,” saying Nasrallah…

NATO bombs Gaddafi compound hours after embattled dictator appears on TV

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi’s compound Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on television for the first time since another aerial attack killed his son nearly two weeks ago. Libyan officials who showed reporters around the scene of the air strike, at Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound, said three people…

Protesters vent fury at US over bin Laden death

LONDON — More than one hundred Islamic extremists rallied outside the US embassy in London on Friday to vent their fury at Washington over the killing of Osama bin Laden. Police had to separate the group from supporters of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) who held a rival protest…

Leaked cable: Japanese lawmaker pointed to cover-up of nuclear accidents

As engineers and scientists struggle to control six Japanese nuclear reactors, three of which are in near-meltdown status, the world watches with horror. But even as efforts continue in earnest across Japan, the search for why this is happening has already begun. At least one man might have some theories.…

US official in Cairo in wake of Mubarak downfall

CAIRO – US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns arrived on Monday to take stock of the situation in Egypt 10 days after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, the US embassy in Cairo said. Besides meeting leaders of Egypt’s interim military-led administration, the Arabic-speaking veteran diplomat is to…

Pirates capture four American civilians off Oman

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A yacht with four Americans on board is believed to have been hijacked in the Arabian Sea, the U.S. embassy in Nairobi said on Saturday. Pirate gangs plaguing the shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean typically target large merchant ships, with oil tankers…

Pakistan court adjourns US immunity case

LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistan court on Thursday put off ruling whether a US official accused of double murder has diplomatic immunity, threatening to prolong a crisis with Washington for another month. The court adjourned until March 14, extending tensions between the United States and Pakistan, where an anti-American population…

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