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Ruthless men hide behind veil of religion

Revolutions are known to devour their children, and popular uprisings driven by the promise of change for the better have been notorious for turning into nightmares. The so-called Arab Spring is another dark night unfolding across the Middle East. This was predictable, and inevitable. The Tunisian fruit-seller who sparked this Arab Spring by self-immolating was a man driven to despair ...

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Silvio Berlusconi fails to win court order

Italy’s former prime minister made the application for an interim injunction pending an attempt to bring a full-scale legal challenge over the issue. He sought the order to prevent English lawyer David Mills giving video-link evidence to Milan from City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday. His application was considered in private and refused by Mr Justice Bean, sitting in ...

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Nuclear waste train enters Germany

Police have used water cannons against anti-nuclear protesters in northern Germany as a train carrying some 150 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste from France made its way to a nearby storage facility. Protesters lit flares in the woods near the town of Leitstade on Friday and set up roadblocks near the railway lines. Police in riot gear used water canons ...

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Ethiopia plans military mission to Somalia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia will deploy troops inside Somalia for a “brief period” to help Somali and Kenyan forces battling Islamist militants expand their control in southern Somalia, Ethiopian officials said on Friday. A resident carries his belongings as he flees from his home in the Afgoye region following heavy explosions last night, some 30km (19 miles) from Mogadishu ...

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Syria condemns Arab League threat

Syria has lashed out at the Arab League’s ultimatum to agree by Friday to allow an observer mission into the country or face sanctions. The Arab League “has become a tool for…

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Norway massacre: Tape of Breivik call to police aired

Norwegians have for the first time heard the voice of self-confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik after his first call to police was broadcast. Introducing himself as a…

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Indian forces claim Maoist leader killed

Security forces are said to have killed a senior military commander of India’s Maoist rebels in the country’s eastern jungle, the Indian government has said. Koteshwar Rao, known as Kishenji, had fought a three-year battle with the state governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand. According to the government, he was shot dead after a 30-minute gunfight in the Burisole forests ...

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Russia sets March date for presidential elections

The upper house of Russia’s parliament has set 4 March 2012 as the date for the presidential election. In line with the law, election campaigning will begin…

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First Srebrenica witness speaks at trial of Karadzic

The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic at The Hague has heard testimony from a man who survived the Srebrenica massacre. Mr Karadzic, who is…

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Karzai charges NATO with killing seven civilians

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday accused NATO-led international forces of killing seven civilians, most of them children, in an air strike in the southern province of Kandahar. “Initial reports as stated by the district sub-governor indicate that an air strike carried out by the international forces in Siacha village in Zhari district killed seven persons including six children and injured ...

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