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Thai protest leader claims rallies are ‘pro-democracy’ in letter to Obama

The leader of Thailand's opposition protests, who has vowed to disrupt upcoming elections, has written to US President Barack Obama telling him that the demonstrators' efforts to topple the government are "pro-democracy". Suthep Thaugsuban, who this……

White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security…

Egypt and US swap barbs as tension mounts

WASHINGTON – A top Egyptian minister has accused the United States of imposing its “will” on its Arab ally, as the White House warned that Cairo had failed to even reach a “minimum threshold” for reform. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit lashed out Wednesday in a television interview on…

US appalled by ‘barbaric’ stoning plan in Iran

The United States on Thursday urged Iran not to stone to death a woman convicted of adultery, calling the punishment “barbaric.” “Stoning as a means of execution is tantamount to torture. It’s barbaric and an abhorrent act,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “We condemn in the strongest terms…

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