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Syria cracks down on protesters, killing 34

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces intensified their assault on protesters calling for President Bashar al-Assad to quit, killing at least 34 demonstrators in the latest crackdown in the city of Hama, activists said. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after noon prayers on Friday in defiance of security…

Senator McCain: Arm Libyan rebels, like Afghanistan in 1980s

PARIS — The revolt against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi could stall unless the United States arms the rebels battling his regime, influential US Senator John McCain warned Wednesday. “There is a possibility if not a probability of a stalemate, and that should be of deep concern to us,” the former…

Strikes destroy nearly 30 percent of Libya’s military power: NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Western powers have destroyed nearly a third of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s military power since launching a military campaign against him last month, NATO officials said on Tuesday. The area around the Libyan city of Misrata – the only major town in western Libya where a revolt against Gaddafi that began seven…

Facebook deletes account calling for violent revolt against Israel

Social networking site Facebook said yesterday that it deleted a page calling for a third “intifada” (uprising) against the state of Israel, claiming the page’s users and administrators called for violence. The page called on citizens of Arab states to demonstrate against Israeli oppression of Palestinians following Friday prayers on…

Lebanon youths revolt against confessional system

BEIRUT – Protests sweeping the Middle East have given new impetus to Lebanese youths who have launched their own revolt on Facebook in a bid — albeit improbable — to bring down Lebanon’s confessional system. Using slogans popularised by protesters in Tunisia and Egypt, several pages urging the Lebanese to…

Gaddafi suggested Palestinians revolt against Israel

TRIPOLI – Palestinian refugees should capitalize on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday. Gaddafi is respected in many parts of the Arab world for his…

McCain: Obama should have seen Egypt revolt coming

President Barack Obama should have known Egypt was going to have a revolution, according to the ranking member of the Armed Services committee. Sen. John McCain told CBS’s Bob Schieffer Sunday that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to support democracy in Egypt as protesters in the country were calling…

Bahrain cyber-activists urge ‘revolt’

DUBAI – A Facebook page urging “revolt” in Bahrain replicating similar calls elsewhere in the Arab world had by Tuesday amassed more than 6,000 “likes” on the social networking site. “This is your chance to open the door for political and standard of living reforms, especially with the changes going…

Cyber-activist’s release galvanises Egypt revolt

CAIRO – Thousands of protesters flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, galvanised by the release of a pro-democracy cyber activist as a revolt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak raged into a third week. The embattled leader took a step earlier Tuesday towards democratic reform, authorising a committee to pursue constitutional…

Renewed pressure on Mubarak to quit as talks fail

CAIRO – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down as opponents said concessions made in landmark talks were not enough to halt a revolt against his 30-year rule. Thousands of demonstrators spent Sunday night under blankets and tarpaulins in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, or…

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