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Hillary Clinton: Iran needs to follow Egypt’s lead and ‘open up’

WASHINGTON – Amidst a new wave of protests in Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday accused the Iranian government of “hypocrisy,” saying it must listen to the wishes of its demonstrators. “What we see happening in Iran today is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people,…

Egypt talks lacked credibility, opposition figure states

WASHINGTON – Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei slammed fledgling negotiations on Egypt’s future on Sunday and said he was not invited to the talks. The Nobel Peace laureate said weekend talks with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman were managed by the same people who had ruled the country for 30…

Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrate in Sanaa

SANAA – Tens of thousands of protesters amassed Thursday at Sanaa University for a “day of rage” calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, while a similar number of government loyalists flooded a central square. “We are here to bring down a corrupt and tyrannical regime,” Najib Ghanem,…

Jordan’s king dismisses government, names new prime minister

Tuesday — Watch and chat live: Egypt’s largest protests yet aim to topple regime Jordan’s King Abdullah II dismissed his government and named a new prime minister Tuesday to carry out “true political reforms,” according to AFP. “King Abdullah II designated Maruf Bakhit to form a new government to replace…

Thousands of Yemenis urge president to quit

SANAA — Thousands of Yemenis, apparently inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, staged a mass demonstration on Thursday calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit after being in power since 1978. “Enough being in power for (over) 30 years,” chanted protesters in demonstrations staged by the Common Forum…

Pakistan government in crisis as coalition partner quits

KARACHI — The second largest party in Pakistan’s ruling coalition Sunday quit the government to join the opposition, destabilizing the US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda and threatening to paralyze business of state. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) made the announcement days after its two federal cabinet ministers resigned,…

Myanmar frees democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence. A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound…

Anger in Costa Rica over deal to ‘invite’ 46 US warships

Costa Ricans suspect ‘ulterior motive’ in permitting large numbers of US troops Opposition leaders in Costa Rica are up in arms over an agreement between the country and the United States that reportedly allows 46 US warships and 7,000 US Marines to enter the country as part of an anti-drug…

Female Iranian journalist gets 30-year ban from writing

TEHRAN: Iran has sentenced award-winning woman journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to jail for one year and banned her from writing for 30 years over post-election unrest, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Baniyaghoob, 39, was arrested on June 20 last year along with her husband and released on bail two months later.…

After months of opposition, Kucinich flips to ‘yes’ on health bill with no public option

Under intense fire from Democratic leaders and some reform activists, a progressive who was staunchly against the health care bill has reluctantly reversed his opposition, bringing his party one crucial vote closer to its passage. “This is not the bill I want to support,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said at…

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