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D-Day for Greece as lawmakers vote on austerity

Greece faces a financial D-Day Wednesday as lawmakers vote on a tough austerity plan to secure new money from creditors to avoid sovereign default despite a last-ditch general strike by protestors. The parliament, where Prime Minister George Papandreou’s Socialists have a five-seat majority, will stage the first of two votes on a 28.4-billion-euro…

Hamas prisoners stage hunger strike in Israeli jails

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Hamas prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Monday began a hunger strike to protest after seven of their number were put in solitary confinement, a minister told AFP. Issa Qaraqa, the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, confirmed a 24-hour hunger strike had begun during the…

NATO admits causing Libya civilian deaths

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO acknowledged late Sunday it was responsible for civilian deaths in Tripoli after Libyan officials showed reporters five bodies, two of them of toddlers, they said were among nine people killed in a “barbaric” air strike. Rebels fighting the four-decade rule of Moamer Kadhafi meanwhile warned that…

Afghanistan’s Karzai gives U.S. final warning: stop killing civilians

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the US military on Sunday to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his “last warning” to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike. Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men…

Karzai gives US ‘last warning’ over Afghan civilian deaths

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the US military on Sunday to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his “last warning” to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike. Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men in…

Osama bin Laden hideout becomes Counter-Strike map

SAN FRANCISCO — Images of the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden made his final stand have been turned into a videogame battleground. A software map named fy_abbottabad in reference to the city where a US military team killed the infamous Al-Qaeda leader in a May 2 raid was available…

Bachmann claims NATO killed 30,000 civilians in Libya

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) got her facts confused Sunday while objecting to President Barack Obama’s decision to participate in the military action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Minnesota congresswoman told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that NATO airstrikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians in the country. “People should be…

General Motors CEO urged to address India factory strike

The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (IGLH) has put pressure on General Motors CEO Daniel F. Akerson to immediately intervene with local management at the Halol plant in India where hundreds of workers have gone on strike since March 16. The factory workers are paid just 47 to…

U.S. drone strike kills 6 in Pakistan, first since March

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – U.S. drone aircraft fired four missiles in Pakistan’sSouth Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, killing six militants, days after the head of the country’s intelligence agency called for an end to the strikes that have caused deep anger. The missiles were fired from two unmanned planes and aimed…

Rebels blame Gaddafi in oil pipeline bombing

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega on Thursday, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata. Wounded rebels being brought to the hospital in Ajdabiyah in rebel-held east…

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