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Analysis: Syria’s Assad unbowed by Annan plan

KARIN LAUB Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. insists a fragile truce it brokered in Syria is holding, even though regime forces have been hammering the rebellious city of Homs with artillery for days. It’s a sign of the leeway the international community seems willing to give President Bashar Assad in hopes of forcing him into the next stage ...

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Fear and defiance amid Syria ceasefire

UN monitors have arrived in Syria to oversee a shaky ceasefire but the guns have not fallen silent and people are fearful, as the BBC's Ian Pannell observed when he secretly visited…

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Fear and defiance amid Syria ceasefire

UN monitors have arrived in Syria to oversee a shaky ceasefire but the guns have not fallen silent and people are fearful, as the BBC's Ian Pannell observed when he secretly visited…

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Presidential run-off tests East Timor democracy

Dili – Former military commander Taur Matan Ruak was ahead in an early count for East Timor’s presidential run-off vote on Monday, according to the elections secretariat. The provisional count of just over half the vote showed Ruak garnering about 60 percent of the vote, with adversary Francisco Gutterres “Lu Olo” trailing behind with 40 percent, thee organiser of the ...

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Presidential run-off tests East Timor democracy

Dili – Former military commander Taur Matan Ruak was ahead in an early count for East Timor’s presidential run-off vote on Monday, according to the elections secretariat. The provisional count of just over half the vote showed Ruak garnering about 60 percent of the vote, with adversary Francisco Gutterres “Lu Olo” trailing behind with 40 percent, thee organiser of the ...

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Sudan intensifies bombing of disputed town

RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press= KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sudan shelled a disputed border town seized by South Sudan, a southern military official said Monday, as clashes spread near the border separating the two nations. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current president of the Security Council, said a bombardment in South Sudan also hit a U.N. facility but that no U.N. ...

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Sudan intensifies bombing of disputed town

RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press= KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sudan shelled a disputed border town seized by South Sudan, a southern military official said Monday, as clashes spread near the border separating the two nations. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current president of the Security Council, said a bombardment in South Sudan also hit a U.N. facility but that no U.N. ...

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Harper says different accounting explains various price tags for F-35 jets

CARTAGENA, Colombia – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the full cost of his government’s plan to purchase the F-35 stealth fighters has been “well known” for some time, but the final figure depends on what you’re counting. Answering questions at a news conference following the close of the Summit of the Americas, Harper said he’s always been clear about the ...

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Battle to save Unctad’s mandate

On the eve of its ministerial conference, a major battle is under way at the United Nations’ premier development organisation to preserve its mandate to work on macro-economic and finance issues. THE United Nations’ most important development organisation, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), is facing a serious impasse on the eve of its most important event, its ...

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Taliban militants wage simultaneous attacks across Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks across the Afghan capital and at least three eastern provinces on Sunday, targeting NATO bases, parliament and foreign embassies in a complex assault that shows the insurgents can still penetrate Afghan security and hit Western and government targets in the heart of Kabul. Suicide bombers and insurgents wielding heavy ...

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