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50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea intervention

Around 50,000 people rallied in central Moscow Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule. Waving both Ukrainian and Russian flags and shouting slogans heard during……

Clinton says ‘every possibility’ of civil war in Syria

LONDON — There is “every possibility” that Syria could descend into a civil war which could be worsened by foreign intervention, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Sunday. “I think that there’s every possibility of a civil war. Outside intervention would not prevent that — it…

Britain readies ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit. Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in…

Obama admits ‘inherent limitations’ of Libya intervention

LONDON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted the “inherent limitations” of NATO’s strategy of using air power but no ground troops in Libya, but said building pressure would still oust Moamer Kadhafi. On the second day of a state visit to Britain, Obama also delivered his strongest…

Rand Paul pushes Libya resolution, decries ‘do-nothing’ Senate

In a contentious interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, freshman Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) expressed frustration at the slow pace of the U.S. Senate, saying that given how little the deliberative body actually accomplishes, he feels sometimes, “like I should return my check”. “We go up week to week, and there’s…

NATO may order ground forces into Libya, U.S. admiral admits

Speaking to members of Congress today, Adm. James Stavridis admitted that, while allied forces were not yet considering the deployment of troops on the ground in Libya, it was a possibility. This could run counter to President Barack Obama’s pledge that no U.S. soldiers would set foot on the ground…

Yemen’s president says he’s ready to step down

Cynthia Johnston and Mohamed Sudam SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah said on Friday he was ready to cede power, the third Arab ruler who may be forced out by popular protests which began in North Africa and have now spread into the Gulf, Syria and Jordan. Saleh said…

Progressive caucus splits on Libya, abandons joint resolution opposing intervention

WASHINGTON – Soon after President Barack Obama declared last Friday that the U.S. would wage a military intervention in Libya, members of the 75-strong House Progressive Caucus began quietly discussing how to oppose the effort with maximum impact. By the weekend, when the first U.S. missiles struck Libya, a full…

Western warplanes, missiles hit Libyan targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, using strikes from air and sea to force Muammar Gaddafi’s troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians. Libyan state television said 48 people had been killed and 150 wounded in the allied air strikes. It…

Bahrain forces block access to hospitals, prompt UN rebuke

MANAMA (AFP) – The United Nations warned on Thursday of “shocking and illegal” abuses in Bahrain after a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters which has alarmed the United States and infuriated the Shiite world. Political dissidents were rounded up at gunpoint in midnight raids and police armed with shot-guns stood…

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