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World News Headlines of March 4

Yemen Protesters Claim Attack By Army forces

North Yemen Shi’ite rebels claim military forces fired rockets at their anti-government protest killing two people and wounding seven. A rebel at the scene is reported to have said: “A military site bombed a number of protesters and struck dozens”. More to follow… Political unrest continues across the Middle East with demonstrations expected in…

Analysis: Obama refines talk of Libya intervention

The Obama administration has spoken with two voices on Libya. On the one hand Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said that “nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan Government continues to threaten and kill Libyans.” That talk has been amplified by calls from the Senate Foreign Relations chairman John Kerry and Senators Joe…

Tripoli protesters plan more demos

Protesters in Tripoli face a test of courage as they prepare for fresh demonstrations amid a deadly crackdown by forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. A wave of arrests, killings and disappearances has terrorised the capital as Gaddafi opponents try to organise new protests. Bodies of people who vanished have been dumped in the street…

China says defence budget to rise 12.7 pct

BEIJING: China said on Friday its military spending for 2011 would rise 12.7 percent over last year, resuming double-digit hikes that have stoked regional disquiet about Beijing’s expanding strength. The increase in spending for the People’s Liberation Army is likely to intensify concerns in Taiwan, Japan, India and other parts of Asia where other…

U.S. and Mexico agree on trucks, easing tensions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced a solution Thursday to their long-running dispute over the passage of trucks across the border, settling one of the issues that has aggravated tensions between the two countries. The agreement was cheered by business leaders, who say the dispute hurt trade.

South Korea says North is blocking return of refugees

Inside North Korea Q&A: Inter-Korean crisis Q&A: North Korea nuclear talks Why border hot-spot is war relic Rare peek into China-N Korea ties…

Syria: Why is there no Egypt-style revolution?

By Lina Sinjab BBC News, Damascus Continue reading the main story Related Stories Middle East protests: Country by country Damascus opens up to social networks Country profile: Syria As Syrians eagerly follow developments in the Middle East, they are – for the first time in almost four decades – also loudly discussing the politics at home. Everyone…

Dugout Doug to Dishonest Dave?

Correspondent Dallas Darling. “We heard God speak here today. God in the flesh, the voice of God.” -Congressman Dewey Short crying out after General Douglass MacArthur addressed a joint session of Congress The recent announcement of General David Petraeus’ departure of his commanding role overseeing the wars in Afghanistan and…

UN: Global Food Prices Increase For Eighth Straight Month

Friday, 4 March 2011, 9:39 am Press Release: United Nations Global Food Prices Increase For Eighth Straight Month, UN Agency Reports New York, Mar 3 2011 9:10AM Global food prices rose for the eighth straight month in February, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, while also warning that…

Tunisia president Fouad Mbazaa calls election

Tunisia turmoil Stolen revolution? Hunting Ben Ali’s treasure ‘Speakers’ corner’ Q&A: Tunisia crisis Tunisia’s interim president Fouad Mbazaa has announced details of new elections promised after the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali….

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Important Events on March 4

March 4

Władysław II Jagiełło, King of Poland

  • 306 – Roman Herculian guard Adrian of Nicomedia, who had converted to Christianity after being impressed with the faith of Christians that he had been torturing, was martyred.
  • 1386 – Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila was crowned Władysław II Jagiełło (pictured), King of Poland, beginning the Jagiellon dynasty.
  • 1899 – Cyclone Mahina struck Bathurst Bay, Queensland, killing over 400 people, the deadliest natural disaster in Australian history.
  • 1918 – The first known case of the so-called Spanish flu was first observed at Fort Riley, Kansas, US.
  • 1980 – Robert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union was elected to head the first government in Zimbabwe.

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