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News Headlines of February 16

Obama praises Egypt, talks budget at news conference

The president says Egypt is sending ‘the right signals’ regarding developing democratic systems and is optimistic on U.S. domestic economic issues. Share Related Stories See more stories » X By Michael A.

Tunisia migrants: Italy puts Europe on alert

BBC’s Matt Cole: “They really are swamped” Continue reading the main story Related Stories In pictures: Tunisian migrant influx Tunisia rejects Italy police call Q&A: Tunisia crisis Italy has warned that an influx of Tunisian migrants arriving on its shores could have devastating consequences for all European nations.

Berlusconi faces biggest crisis yet as teen sex saga goes to trial

A Milan judge yesterday ordered the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to stand trial in April on charges of paying for sex with an underage Moroccan girl and abusing his office to cover up their relationship.

Iran’s Leadership Cracks Down

By FARNAZ FASSIHI The Iranian government threatened opposition leaders with execution and made a fresh wave of arrests, a day after the largest protests in a year prompted clashes in which at least two people were killed and dozens injured. Tehran and other Iranian cities quieted down on Tuesday as the opposition regrouped and assessed the impact.

Food prices at dangerous levels: World Bank

WASHINGTON: Rising global food prices has pushed an estimated 44 million more people into extreme poverty in developing countries over the past eight months, the World Bank said on Tuesday. The poverty-fighting institution said its food price index increased by 15 percent between October 2010 and January 2011 and is just 3 percent below its 2008.

Bahrain latest focus for Arab anger

Thousands of protesters took over a main square in Bahrain’s capital this morning in a bold attempt to copy Egypt’s uprising and force high-level changes in one of Washington’s key allies in the Gulf. The move by demonstrators capped two days of clashes across the tiny island kingdom that left at least two people dead, parliament in limbo

Renegade militia kills over 200 in S.Sudan: officials

By Jeremy Clarke JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) – Attacks by a renegade militia in south Sudan’s oil state of Jonglei have killed at least 211 people, a southern minister said on Tuesday, doubling earlier estimates of the death count.

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