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U.S. ‘strongly’ condemns Syria crackdown

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday stepped up its condemnation of Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests and again called on its president to allow for a political transition or step aside. “We have called on President Bashar al-Assad to cease the violence. We strongly condemn, in the strongest possible…

Libya rebels reject transition under Kadhafi sons

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – The Libyan rebels insisted Monday that the whole Kadhafi family must leave before there can be any truce with regime forces amid reports that his sons are offering to oversee a transition. Rebel troops made a new attempt to recapture the oil town of Brega, advancing…

Women’s rights at risk in Arab revolts: US

NEW YORK — Women are being shut out of political life in the aftermath of democracy revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World conference in New York, said that the two North African countries had “inspired”…

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