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Israel-America-Iran Dangers Grow

BEIRUT – The events and tensions that revolve around Iran and its multi-faceted relations with its immediate neighbors — and its antagonists further afield in the United States, Israel and some Western countries — are increasing in number and complexity so that two things become clear. First, chances are much greater that we might witness an unintended misstep that triggers ...

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La Nina linked to flu pandemics

A new study has found a link between the La Nina weather pattern and the worldwide pandemics of influenza in 1918, 1957, 1968 and 2009. Each of those pandemics was preceded by La Nina conditions in the equatorial Pacific, found the study published online Monday in PNAS (Proceedings of the…

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Egypt: Hosni Mubarak’s lawyers begin defence after prosecution calls for death penalty

Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court on Tuesday where the defence was to begin its case, television showed, as his lawyer said he would need five sessions to defend the ousted strongman. Former president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he leaves court in Cairo Photo: AFP/Getty Images 10:20AM GMT 17 Jan 2012 The prosecution has called ...

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Yemen unrest may force election delay, says minister

Dubai: Yemen’s foreign minister said it might be difficult to hold elections as scheduled on February 21 because of insecurity in the impoverished country. "I am among those who hope that the issue (presidential elections) will take place in the planned manner," Abu Bakr Al Qirbi said in an interview broadcast on Al Arabiya TV on Tuesday. "But unfortunately, there ...

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Wikipedia to be blacked out over anti-piracy bill

Quick ReadWikipedia says site will be blacked out Wednesday in protest over US anti-piracy legislation Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress, the foundation behind the popular community-based online encyclopedia said in a statement Monday night. The website will go dark for 24 hours in an unprecedented ...

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Liberals and Islamists agree on power-sharing deal in Egypt

CAIRO – Liberals and Islamists in Egypt announced a temporary agreement Monday on a power-sharing plan that would install a Muslim Brotherhood leader as speaker of the country’s newly elected parliament. The agreement among six political parties all but guarantees that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party will lead Egypt’s first post-Hosni Mubarak elected body, with the…

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Jon Huntsman ends GOP 2012 Presidential bid: Who will you support?

The field of candidates to vote for on Super Tuesday for the GOP presidential nominee just got smaller. Today, Jon Huntsman ended his presidential campaign. As he did, he threw his support behind Mitt Romney. Oklahoma Republicans will head to the polls on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, and the field of potential candidates is getting smaller. Will you follow the ...

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Afghanistan ‘will need years of help’

Failure to provide the funding, expected to total billions of dollars, will put the gains made in the war at the cost of British and allied lives and resources at risk, Sir Simon Gass warned. Refusing to put a…

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Killer flu doctors: US censorship is a danger to science

The United States should not be allowed to dominate the debate over who controls sensitive scientific information that could be misused in biowarfare terrorism, say the scientists who created a highly dangerous form of bird-flu virus in a study that has been partially censored by the US government. Ron Fouchier and Ab Osterhaus of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam accept ...

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