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Arab Spring cyberactivists hold convention in Tunis

TUNIS — Some 200 Arab bloggers involved in cyberactivism will gather in Tunis Monday to discuss the role of the Internet and social networking in political change following the “Arab Spring”, organisers said. Following on gatherings in Beirut in 2008 and 2009, the third meeting of Arab bloggers will focus…

U.S. meets with Gaddafi representatives: official

US envoys held a rare meeting with representatives of Moamer Kadhafi’s regime over the weekend and urged the Libyan strongman to cede power, a US official said Monday. The one-off meeting on Saturday came a day after the United States and other Western and regional powers recognized the rebel Transitional…

Anger as Indian minister calls homosexuality ‘disease’

Indian gay rights activists voiced shock and outrage Tuesday over public comments by the health minister that homosexuality was a “disease” brought to the country by foreigners. Speaking at a national meeting Monday of district and mayoral leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that homosexuality was…

U.S., E.U. warn Libyan arms may be funneled to al Qaeda

Smugglers may be selling sophisticated Libyan army weapons to Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in north Africa’s Sahel region, Spain warned Thursday after a US-European security meeting in Madrid. US Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and European powers pondered how to stop the arms reaching Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said after…

Syria troops storm villages killing seven

Syrian troops killed seven civilians on Wednesday when they stormed two villages in the northwest to quash dissent against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a rights activist said. The latest military action came as hundreds of lawyers staged a sit-in in the second city of Aleppo calling for freedom…

Obama heading to swing states, seeking to spur jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will weigh new steps to boost hiring in a visit on Monday to North Carolina, as he tries to reassure voters over his handling of the economy after a string of disappointing news. Jobs hold the key to his re-election hopes next year and…

Divided OPEC begins critical oil output meeting

VIENNA (AFP) – OPEC began a tense output meeting here on Wednesday amid uncertainty over the outcome, with clear divisions over whether the cartel should boost production to help revive flagging growth. The grouping of 12 member nations pumping 40 percent of global oil supplies, faces a crucial decision on…

U.S. mulls larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top White House national security advisers are considering much more significant troop reductions in Afghanistan than those discussed even a few weeks ago, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said some officials were arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the…

BOMBSHELL: Greece threatens to quit the euro, emergency EU meeting tonight

by Gregory White Greece’s government is considering leaving the euro and returning to its own currency, according to Der Spiegel. The move comes as a result of austerity measures that have broken the back of the country’s economy, and limited its ability to escape recession. Der Spiegel claims to have…

Ted Nugent tells NRA crowd to turn up “the heat” on guns

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – The National Rifle Association wrapped up its annual meeting on Sunday with an appearance by rocker Ted Nugent, who urged the pro-gun rights crowd to “talk about guns all the time.” The guitarist and pro-gun activist won a standing ovation from the crowd of some 2,000 who listened to him…

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