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US missile strike kills five militants in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US missile strike targeting a compound killed five militants in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border on Tuesday, security officials said, updating an earlier toll of four. The strike took place in Landidog village, 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Wana, the main town…

New York oil price hits new 2008 peak on Libya unrest

LONDON — New York oil briefly surged past $104 on Friday to strike the highest level for two and a half years, as traders reacted to worsening violence in Libya. New York’s light sweet crude for April delivery surged as high as $104.09 per barrel — which was last seen…

Russia jails four environmentalists after protest

MOSCOW – Four environmental activists were sentenced to seven and 10 days behind bars Monday after being detained near what they alleged to be an illegally built residence for Krasnodar region’s governor. The group of 19 activists attempted a protest in form of a picnic in a forest near construction…

Thousands join Iraq anti-govt demo

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Around 4,000 demonstrators crowded Tahrir Square in the centre of the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah on Tuesday, the latest protest against the dominance of two major parties in the region. Iraqi officials have attempted to head off nationwide rallies in recent days by cutting the pay of…

Senator Leahy calls on State Dept. to review aid to Bahrain

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, has called on the US State Department to review its aid to the military of Bahrain after it cracked down on anti-government protests. “To a watching world, the vicious and orchestrated attacks on civilian protesters…

Iran not behind Mideast protests: Mullen

DOHA – Iran foments instability in the Middle East but is not behind popular protests in Bahrain and other countries in the region, top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen said Monday in Qatar. “Iran, I still believe, is a country that continues to foment instability in the region, take…

BP complains about Gulf spill compensation: report

WASHINGTON — BP is filing a strongly worded complaint with the administrator of a $20-billion fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill, saying his proposed settlements are too generous, The New York Times reported Thursday. In a 25-page statement that is to be filed later in the day…

White House warns on Bahrain protests

WASHINGTON — The White House warned on Wednesday that Bahrain should respect the rights of its citizens to peaceful protest, but declined to discuss whether unrest could impact the US Fifth Fleet base there. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney said that the White House was closely watching developments in…

Obama warns Arab world: Get ahead of reform curve

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Tuesday warned autocratic US allies they cannot crush the Middle East’s youthful “hunger” for change and offered “moral support” to Iranian protesters defying a crackdown. Obama walked a fine line between offering American support for political uprisings after the Egypt revolt and openly offending states…

67% of Pakistani journalists say US drones attacks are acts of terrorism: survey

WASHINGTON – Two out of three Pakistani journalists view United States drone strikes in the region as acts of terrorism, according to a new study conducted by Washington State University and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences. Only 27 percent of Pakistani journalists said the US drone attacks did not…

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