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South Sudan rebels to fight on after chief’s death

South Sudanese rebels will continue their fight against the newly independent government in Juba despite the killing of their leader George Athor, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “To me, the mission is alive,” James Puot told AFP. “Only one man has died.” South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar announced on Tuesday that Athor was killed when a border patrol clashed ...

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Zardari returns to Pakistan to face accusations of treason

The embattled Mr Zardari suddenly left Dubai where he been recovering from a mild stroke to arrive in Karachi in the middle of the night, just hours before the Supreme Court held its latest hearings into the affair. It is investigating whether Mr Zardari or his aides sought US military help to rein in his own country’s generals. "The President ...

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Egypt’s Generals Under Fire as Tahrir Toll Reaches 14

CAIRO—Egypt’s ruling generals are coming under mounting criticism at home and abroad for the military’s use of excessive force against unarmed protesters, including women, as they try to crush the pro-democracy movement calling for their ouster. At least 14 people have been killed in five days of clashes as troops used guns, tear gas and batons to try to break ...

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Analysis: Russia’s wealth gap wounds Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Konstantin owns apartments in Moscow and London, drives a $150,000 Mercedes-Benz car and buys his groceries at the expensive Azbuka Vkusa store. At the age of 44 he is part of Russia’s new generation of rich bankers, but is too cautious to let his full name be published in a country where the wealth gap generates anger ...

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Navalny challenges Putin after leaving Russian jail

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition leader Alexei Navalny used his release from jail on Wednesday to call on Russians to unite against Vladimir Putin whom he said would try to snatch victory in a March 4 presidential election that was sure to be unfair. Navalny, who has harnessed a mood change among Russia’s urban youth against Putin’s 12-year rule, was greeted ...

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Assessing Assad

The assessments of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following his interview with Barbara Walters in early December all strike a common theme. A U.S. State Department spokesman, for instance, declared that Assad appears to be "utterly disconnected with the reality that’s going on in his country." One analyst opined, "It’s now clear that Assad meets his own definition of crazy." What ...

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Mexican election favorite dents image with gaffes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – For over two years Enrique Pena Nieto has lorded it over rivals as hot favorite to become Mexico’s next president. But just weeks…

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Iraq issues arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on accusations of running a hit squad 

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday for the Sunni vice president, accusing him of running a hit squad that assassinated government and security officials — extraordinary charges a day after the last U.S. troops left the country. The vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, left Baghdad on Sunday for the semiautonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, presumably hoping that ...

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Mourning in North Korea, worries in South after Kim Jong Il’s death

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Koreans poured into the streets on Monday to mourn the death of leader Kim Jong-il and state media hailed his untested son as the “Great Successor” of the reclusive state whose atomic weapons ambitions are a major threat to the region. The death of Kim Jong Il N. Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead at 69 ...

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Philippine floods: Benigno Aquino visits disaster zone

Philippines President Benigno Aquino is visiting parts of the country which have been devastated by deadly storms. More than 1,000 people are dead or missing after Typhoon Washi hit southern Mindanao island and surrounding areas at the weekend. Mr Aquino has declared a national calamity and said the…

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