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Syria hits back at global outcry over crackdown

JISR AL-SHUGHUR, Syria (AFP) – Syria has launched a media offensive to counter the outcry over its deadly crackdown on dissent, escorting journalists to a hub of the protests and staging a loyalist rally. Near the flashpoint northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, officials Wednesday showed a group of 20 journalists, including an AFP correspondent, a grave containing at least five ...

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Obama declares Libya War without Congress approval

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House told Congress on Wednesday that President Barack Obama has the legal authority to press on with U.S. military involvement in Libya and urged skeptical lawmakers not to send “mixed messages” about their commitment to the NATO-led air war. Delivering a detailed report to Congress to justify Obama’s Libya policy, the administration argued ...

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Greek government in power-sharing talks amid riots

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou offered today to step down and make way for a national unity government if the opposition agreed on a clear plan on how to proceed with reforms, government sources said. Papandreou must push through a new five-year campaign of tax rises, spending cuts and sell-offs of state property to continue receiving aid from the European ...

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NATO leaders in talks amid fresh Libya strikes

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO's chief will hold talks on Libya with British leaders on Wednesday after the alliance battered Moamer Kadhafi's forces even as its top brass raised concerns about the 11-week aerial war. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague for discussions on the military ...

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Greek workers strike, protesters mass at parliament

ATHENS – Thousands of Greek demonstrators massed at parliament and workers launched a national strike on Wednesday to protest against the government’s efforts to approve new austerity measures for the debt-stricken euro zone state. Prime Minister George Papandreou must push through a new five-year campaign of tax hikes, spending cuts and sell-offs of state property to continue receiving aid from ...

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Syria widens crackdown in north and east

Syrians continue to flee towns in the north of the country as the crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s one-party rule reportedly widens.  Troops pushed towards the town of Maarat al-Numaan after detaining hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughur, the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday, citing people who fled the area. Residents streamed south towards ...

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Sudan: Barack Obama calls for ceasefire

US President Barack Obama has called for a ceasefire in Sudan, following an upsurge in fighting in the South Kordofan region. He urged both the north and south to “live up to their responsibilities” to prevent a return to civil war. Thousands of people have been displaced…

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