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Ex-warlord emerges as kingmaker after Liberian vote

Notorious ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who was filmed ordering his men to cut off the ears of dictator Samuel Doe two decades ago, has emerged as a surprising kingmaker in Liberia’s presidential election. Placing a strong third with half the polling stations tallied, the 59-year old former rebel leader looks like…

Arab Spring, Obama, China: Nobel committee chair speaks out

The Norwegian Nobel Committee met Friday to pick the 2011 peace prize winner, with the committee chair telling AFP this year’s choice was a relatively easy one, amid speculation Arab Spring actors could win. “It has not been particularly difficult this year (to decide on a winner),” Thorbjoern Jagland said…

Gorbachev says Bush warned him of ’91 coup

The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, said Monday that former US president George H.W. Bush had warned him about his safety a few weeks before Communist hardliners staged their August 1991 coup. The ex-Soviet president and Nobel Peace Prize winner said on the eve of the failed plot’s 20th anniversary…

FBI: MLK parade bomb may have been racially motivated

Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement. An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington…

Myanmar ‘preparing for Suu Kyi release’

Preparations are under way for the expected release of Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, officials said on Wednesday, after the army’s proxies claimed a landslide election win. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent most of the past two decades locked up, is due to be…

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