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Security forces kill at least 49 during Syria protest: activist

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian security forces shot dead dozens of protesters on Friday, rights activists said, the bloodiest day in a month of escalating demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Activist Ammar Qurabi said at least 49 people were killed in unrest which swept the country, mainly from…

Uganda threatens to block Twitter and Facebook over protests

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda will order social media sites Twitter and Facebook blocked locally if further protests over high food and fuel prices take place because they are being used to fan unrest, a senior official said Tuesday. Monday, soldiers and police fired teargas to disperse thousands demonstrating for a third time against rising…

Pentagon chief holds talks with Saudi king

RIYADH — US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates was holding talks in Riyadh on Wednesday with Saudi King Abdullah, with both sides concerned by Iranian intentions in the region and spiralling unrest in Yemen. “Iran will be a major focus of their conversations, both in terms of the regional threat…

No plans to suspend military aid to Yemen: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Tuesday there were no plans to suspend US military assistance to Yemen but urged a swift transition of power amid a wave of anti-regime protests. Asked at a news conference if the US administration was considering withholding military aid due to unrest and violence against…

Syria arrests dozens over unrest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian security forces arrested dozens of people, rights groups said Saturday, after thousands marched in pro-democracy protests in unrest that has posed the gravest challenge to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights named 21 people who it said had been rounded up by…

Bahrain forces launch crackdown on protesters

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini forces backed by helicopters launched a crackdown on protesters on Wednesday, imposing a curfew and clearing hundreds from a camp that had become the symbol of an uprising by the Shi’ite Muslim majority. Hospital sources said three policemen and at least two protesters were killed in…

GOP congressman says families should abandon city life

In the documentary Urban Danger, 84-year-old Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who is serving his tenth term as the representative of Maryland’s Sixth District, explains why US citizens should avoid living in cities. “There are a number of events that could create a situation in our cities where civil unrest could…

Oil exports must resume, Libya tells foreign firms

TRIPOLI – Libya has asked foreign firms to resume oil exports from the North African nation, saying its ports are safe despite a deadly month-long conflict, state television said on Sunday. “Libyan oil terminals have become safe… All employees are asked to return to their jobs in all oil facilities.…

Japan earthquake rocks markets

LONDON — World equities slid and the safe-haven yen steadied in volatile trade Friday after a huge earthquake in major economic power Japan, as dealers tracked a eurozone summit and unrest in the Arab world. A devastating 8.9-magnitude earth quake rocked Japan at 0546 GMT, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami…

US concerned over disappearance of Chinese activists

WASHINGTON– The United States expressed concern Tuesday over the disappearance of prominent Chinese lawyers and activists in China. Up to 100 leading rights lawyers and activists have disappeared since mid-February, campaigners said, as police launched a crackdown to try to avert any political unrest echoing popular uprisings in the Arab…

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