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Can the Arabs convince Russia not to block Syrian condemnation?

The Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria’s membership in the group and to threaten possible sanctions against one of its own has not only altered the political landscape in the Middle East. It has shaken up the Security Council and placed Syria’s most important ally, Russia, under increasing pressure to reconsider its implacable opposition to pressure in the U.N. Security ...

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Call for greater aid transparency

A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn). Publish What You Fund says taxpayers in rich donor countries and recipients in poorer nations need more information to know if aid is being spent wisely….

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Chinese Government Urged to End Repressive Policies in Tibet

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala, India. Dharamshala, India: – The current situation still remains tense in eastern Tibet as some reports tell of pamphlets distributed and posted around the Kirti Monastery and the market place in Ngaba town of eastern Tibet in recent weeks which state that if Chinese policies at the monastery and in the town continue, ...

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US, Asia deepen security ties amid China challenge

TAIPEI, Taiwan — When President Obama arrives in Australia on Wednesday to kick off a four-day Asia-Pacific visit, he should receive a warm reception from America’s longtime allies in the region. FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2010 file photo, USS Cowpens (CG63), right, leads Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s vessels during “Keen Sword” U.S.-Japan joint military exercise over the ...

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Russia stands by Syria as world steps up pressure

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Oil hovers near $98 ahead of inventories data

SINGAPORE — Oil prices hovered near $98 a barrel Tuesday in Asia amid expectations that U.S. crude inventories are falling in a sign demand could be increasing. Benchmark crude for December delivery was up 2 cents at $98.16 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile…

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Italy’s new premier rushes to build gov’t

Italy’s premier-designate Mario Monti began talks on Monday to create a new government of non-political experts tasked with overhauling an ailing economy to keep market fears over the country from threatening the existence of the euro. Investors initially cheered Monti’s appointment, following quickly on Silvio Berlusconi’s weekend resignation, though concern lingered about the sheer…

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Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

POLITICS Kremlin pressure on Tajikistan continued Monday as President Dmitry Medvedev denied that the deportation of Tajik migrants from Russia was a tit-for-tat response to the harsh sentence Tajikistan handed down to a Russian pilot. (The Moscow Times, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, Vedomosti) This weekend’s presidential election in South Ossetia ended with a surprise tie between the candidate supported ...

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For Refugees From Syria, a Visit With No Expiration Date

BOYNUYOGUN, Turkey — The Turkish government describes the refugee camp here as a “temporary residence” for the country’s Syrian guests, but very little about it looks temporary. Erected only four months ago on agricultural land, Boynuyogun camp is lined with paved roads and sidewalks of neatly interlocking cobblestones. Young people play on three broad, pebble-strewn…

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As U.S. prepares to leave Iraq, Iran’s shadow looms large

Reporting from Tampa, Fla.— As the last U.S. troops pack up to leave Iraq by the end of next month, Pentagon officials and senior military commanders are warning that Iran will rush to fill a power vacuum created by the American exit unless Washington limits its pullback from the region. That broad assessment has taken on urgency in recent weeks ...

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