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20 killed in biggest Syrian protests so far: witnesses

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead at least 20 protesters on Friday as hundreds of thousands of people staged the biggest protests so far against President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses and rights groups said. Assad, facing the greatest challenge to 40 years of Baath Party rule, has sought to…

Syrian opposition shuns ‘national dialogue’ with government

DAMASCUS — Syria opened a “national dialogue” on Sunday that it hailed as a step towards multi-party democracy after five decades of Baath party rule but its credibility was undermined by an opposition boycott. Some 200 delegates, who included independent MPs as well as members of the Baath party, in…

Yemen arrests head of Shiite opposition party

Yemeni authorities arrested the head of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport on Tuesday as he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah, his son said. “My father was detained,” Mohammed Hassan Zaid told AFP. “He was travelling to Jeddah when he was detained and not allowed to leave.”…

Canada releases secret Afghan war documents

OTTAWA — The Canadian government on Wednesday released 4,000 pages of top secret documents detailing Afghan prisoner transfers, holding them up as proof of no wrongdoing by Canadian soldiers. The files were believed to contain evidence that Canada transferred prisoners to Afghan custody knowing they could be tortured, in violation…

U.S. considers charging Syria with war crimes

By Jim Mannion WASHINGTON — The United States is studying whether war crimes charges can be brought against Syria to pressure its regime to end a bloody crackdown on dissent, a senior administration official said Friday. The official said other measures, including sanctions targeting the country’s oil and gas sector,…

Yemen opposition vows to keep out injured Saleh

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s opposition vowed Sunday to prevent the return of wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh from a Saudi hospital, as tens of thousands of protesters celebrated despite doubts over who holds the reins of power in Sanaa. “We will work with all our strength to prevent his return,”…

Yemen President Saleh killed: opposition TV says

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Friday after an attack on the presidential palace, Suhail, a TV station run by the country’s opposition, reported. The presidential palace was hit by shells earlier on Friday during fighting between Saleh’s forces and a powerful tribal federation. (Reporting…

15 Yemen protesters wounded by armed civilians

SANAA — Armed civilians opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen’s second-largest city Taez on Saturday, wounding 15 of them, medics and witnesses said. Tension simmered in Yemen as Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani is expected to arrive in Sanaa, in a new attempt to convince rivals there to…

Massive crowds descend on Yemen capital to demand ruler’s exit

Stunning footage: Unprecedented crowd turns out to call for Saleh’s resignation SANAA (Reuters) – Huge crowds across Yemen demanded on Friday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave after months of unrest which has put the Arab world’s poorest country on the brink of an economic meltdown. But in a defiant speech to…

Yemen protesters reject US-backed transition

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s protest movement insisted Sunday on President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rapid exit and prosecution after his party accepted a Gulf plan for him to quit in 30 days in a move hailed by Washington. The United States urged a peaceful transition after Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress…

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