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French take control of airport in Abidjan, I. Coast

ABIDJAN (AFP) – The French army took over Ivory Coast’s main airport on Sunday as the battle for Abidjan dragged into a fourth day and recognised leader Alassane Ouattara came under fire for a massacre in the west. In a telephone conversation with Ouattara, UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded he…

Obama: US interests, values at stake in Libya

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Monday told Americans his actions had stopped a “massacre” in Libya, but warned a military campaign to oust Moamer Kadhafi could repeat the bloodshed and misery of Iraq. Obama mounted a firm defense of his decision to launch air strikes and launch a no-fly zone…

Libya’s Gaddafi denies fleeing as cities overrun

TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi denied Monday he had fled his country after protesters overran several cities, as his four-decade rule was under assault amid claims of a “massacre” in Tripoli. “I am going to meet with the youth in Green Square,” in downtown Tripoli, he said, in what…

Libya’s Kadhafi under siege as cities overrun

TRIPOLI – Protesters on Monday overran several Libyan cities and Tripoli was rocked by violence some residents said was a “massacre,” as the pillars of Moamer Kadhafi’s hardline four-decade rule began to crumble. A suggestion in Brussels by British Foreign Secretary William Hague that Kadhafi may have left the country…

Reports of ‘massacre’ in Suez as protests in Egypt move into third day

Anti-government protests in Egypt moved into their third day early Thursday, with unconfirmed reports of police “massacres” of civilians in the port city of Suez. In Cairo, protesters “played cat and mouse with police” into the early hours of Thursday, Reuters reported. Opposition groups reported on their websites that electronic…

Alan Grayson claims Sarah Palin ‘instigated’ Tucson massacre

Progressive firebrand and former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently declared that he held Sarah Palin responsible for stoking a dangerous political climate that led to the tragic shootings of twenty people in Arizona. “There has been a stream of violence and threats of violence by the right wing against Democrats,”…

Cheney: Don’t blame political class for Tucson massacre

US system ‘designed for political combat,’ former VP says Arguing that the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson was the act of a “lone, crazed gunman,” former Vice President is deflecting blame from the “political class” for the massacre that took the lives of six people and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle…

Drug cartel gunmen in Juarez massacre 12, including women and children

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Gunmen burst into a party early Saturday and shot to death 12 young people and wounded at least 10 others in this Mexican border city’s third massacre this year, police said. “The victims were in the back yard of the house having a party when hooded men,…

Supermarket backs squirrel meat sales amid protest

LONDON — A supermarket has defended selling squirrel meat as a “sustainable” form of food, amid protests by animal activists who accused him of cashing in on a “wildlife massacre”. “In a few years’ time, it’s going to become like rabbit,” said Andrew Thornton, who introduced squirrel meat into his…

Update: Wikileaks ‘confirms’ it has video of US massacre in Afghanistan

The whistleblower website that posted video of a US Army helicopter firing on unarmed civilians and killing two Reuters employees is ready to do it again, its founder says. (A screenshot of the clip appears at right; video available at this link.) Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange says he has obtained…

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