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Google+ tops 40 million users

SAN FRANCISCO — Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page on Thursday said that its online social networking challenge to Facebook is growing fast and has topped 40 million users. “People are flocking to Google+ at an incredible rate and we are just getting started,” Page said during an earnings…

Bahrain upholds life terms for opposition leaders

A Bahraini special court has upheld life jail sentences served on seven Shiite opposition leaders convicted of plotting to overthrow the regime in the Gulf kingdom, BNA official news agency said. Jail sentences against seven other activists, ranging between two to 15 years and including Sunni opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif, were also upheld…

Syrian army ‘kills at least 95′ in Hama

DAMASCUS — At least 95 people were killed on Sunday when the military launched an attack on the flashpoint protest city of Hama in central Syria, a human rights activist said. Ammar Qorabi, who heads the National Organisation for Human Rights, reported the toll and also said army attacks across…

Deaths reported as demos held in Syrian cities

DARAA, Syria — Protesters took the streets in a number of Syrian cities Friday to demand major change, dismissing promises of reforms by the authorities as rights activists reported deaths in police shootings. Demonstrations were reported in Damascus, Banias, Latakia, Hama, Dahel and Homs, and the southern town of Daraa,…

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,…

Rock star hopes his music is blasted at Bush officials in jail

An American rock musician and human rights activist is still holding out for the Bush administration to receive some justice, including that of the poetic variety. “[H]opefully in the not-too-distant future, when the war criminals of the Bush administration are brought to trial and are one day wearing their yellow…

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