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My words and my answer to those who hate me

I am a brave person with a power of confidence and knowledge who have always accepted risk in his life and I have enjoyed standing against extremism. Do what you want to do, do whatever you can do. I am a lion whose nature is to die like a soldier and live like a leader.

Euro Zone vs Dollar Zone

Dollar was ruling the world and was surviving the severe blows of world crisis and had survived the worst wars in human history but there was something which its competitors  were planning from decades to launch it with a bang and end the monopoly of Dollar in global market as favorite trading currency and the moment came on January 1 of 1999 when the world was sleeping enjoying its dreams of midnight – the Euro was launched which set the benchmark in a bloc trading and regional  single currency market.

From its start Euro has remained on stronger than dollar but this strengthen has eaten the coffers of the prosperous European Union which after completing the struggling decade with Euro highlights is now knocking every door of its members and have approached the non Euro zone members of the EU. This crisis and the frequent exchange fluctuations had resulted in severe loss to the non European economies like Libya, Iran and major trading nations which have lost billions of their hard earned For-ex reserves while the first recession of 21st century brought shock and awe situation to the entire world but something which ended the parallel dominance of Euro to Dollar and now when the aftershocks too have lowered down Euro Zone face a grime future with weakening and struggling economies which though are counted always as advanced and developed but has never remained the world economic drivers thus enjoying the EU reformed policy benefits and relying on its member nations like Germany, France, Italy, Spain.

The chain of strides was broken by Spain when its economy collapsed under the rubble of the hyper blooming concrete structural market and then the other characters of the card palace were torn away in the acute shortage of jobs and stability. The sleeping reality of Euro under the hidden carpets was exposed to the wrath of already recessionary top economies. This has again build the trust of public in Dollar which from last one year which after the launch of its rival Euro zone was on a diminishing side. 2011 has been a great year for Dollar which has taken back its lost crown as the world’s favorite currency. The complex nature of the Euro Zone crisis and its unpromising bleak future will benefits the Dollar to grow more and maintain its economics even though it still is on a weaker side in terms its exchange value to Euro.

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Anwar- A voice of Malaysian democracy

My meeting with Anwar Ibrahim happened on May 2010 at OSLO FREEDOM FORUM in Oslo, Norway (picture). What inspired me about his personality’s view point was he strongly believes in the free and democratic society who wants his country to be a vibrant transparent democracy with clearly defined framework for human rights, freedom, free media, more harmonious secular society with due respect to their lingual and cultural trends. His vision was clear and has been fighting for the Malaysian people who too want to see the light of freedom — a freedom from the arbitrary rule of 50 long years, where the requirement for their nation is to be more civilized in a nature of this 21st century.

Politics have always been a mixture of clamor and nuances where the ideologies who contradict comes at the cross roads of allegations where only the rule of thumb rules in the absence of transparent judiciary. How can a person demands and expect if the trail goes through the phases planned with its due course programmed by those who are the perpetrators of their own kingdom. It said wisely and widely that the person who is visionary and wants change faced the real fist of the challenged authority thus making him the touché in the eyes of his own people who believes in him, supports him. Development is needed and is going from a long time in the Malay Peninsula but the majority still remains in the abject poverty hoping to see the light of prosperity along with the voice of freedom to be given to them as an extra tooth in their jaw line.

The one party rule has never been likening by its indigenous society and those who come there in search of their fortune. Demography’s survives in the lure of those who support the cause which is needed to be bring in the reality the most just like the freedom of speech and its after affects which even to this day exists in this country who promotes as “Truly Asia” but the ground reality is something else or I must say different for those who wants to taste this true Asian experience and lives throughout their lives in near future.

The light of hope lit by Anwar during his tenure and after his dismissal has a future for Malaysia, a future where he sees his people, his society living freely, practicing the full fundamental rights provided by the national parliament and council to the common man, where the media, judiciary functions independently without the control of any public thumb. Where a person is free to speak, to dislike whatever he thinks is wrong but is not put to trail after he is done with his expressive choice. Where human rights are respected and people takes part in a free and fair elections choosing their own representatives by practicing their right to vote and right to choose.

When a revolution needs to take off the protagonist revolutionary faces the challenge of false charges and pays the price with his image, dignity which has always been challenged by the defending opponent. The era of unfair trails started from 1998 with its first accusations on Anwar had lead him to 6 years jail term in 1999 for involving in a homosexual acts with his colleague and another 9 years imprisonment in 2000 for the act of sodomy if proven.

Even though after spending 6 years in jail under constant maltreatment and harassment by the police authorities he did not give up his hope of a ‘One Malaysia’ which he overlooks from the perspectives of the current existing. After being released in 2004 he has been in constant struggle for his Prime Ministerial candidature and have not let free the UMNO’s majority ruling cabinet from his challenge. But seeing the rising popularity of Opposition’s de-facto Leader Anwar Ibrahim the Prime Minister Najib Razak is turning no stone unturned to block Anwar’s progress in the race to Malaysian Democracy. The major roadblock for him came in 2010 when Anwar was charged again for sodomy this time by his another close aide who filed a police complaint against him.

However, Anwar’s reactions and stand against this charge boosted his popularity to the masses further. If proven guilty the nation will lost all hope of the flame which Anwar had lit for his people wanting to see its light in shape of democracy as the maximum jail sentence for this accusation is 20 years which may restrict him to contest his candidature in the upcoming elections of 2013. Nevertheless, there is still hope for his political survival as many controversies has arisen in the false tailor made proofs of DNA samples and Alleged Sex tape which is the latest revelation in this trail series strengthening the roadblocks created by government on the road to democracy. Anwar’s political career loss will be the huge loss for Malay people and the loss for nation at large. His imprisonment under the falsified evidences and the wrong court rulings along with the un-necessary trails to deny him to contest for his candidature in the upcoming elections, would prove a dent in a Malaysian constitutional reform process. Things might turn in his favor as the submitted proofs full of alteration and this may give hope to the entire Malay nation about this national inspiration to take the ray of the democratic freedom light to its destination. He is a person of vision, an inspiration, and an admiration who sees a future of homeland into a true paradise of equality where he looks no discrimination, no race, no caste, but a society which is free living in peace practicing their fundamental rights in a well designed framework where everyone has a right to speech and freedom after speech.

No matter how huge the problems become, how far the aims seems to be but this new Malacca storm will uprooted all those who come in the way of his noble dreams flashing in his memories for his land while the enemies of rightful free and fair democracy will be crushed under the sound of his roar.

The people wish him to see as the ruling premier of their country taking a lead in a region who is going ahead by adopting the various reformed measures for their territories to fix a place in the growing competencies in this Asian century. The authoritarianism has never given stable smiles on its population’s face wondering with a hope of birthing fundamentals. The independence of Malaysia and the democratic freedom of it must be enhanced at all cost and people should now stand in support of Anwar Ibrahim and against the regime who is trying to crush a free and visionary voice who is not only a great human being but also a great Muslim too, so, how can a person who is so great and pure from heart can commit an act which is against his own morals, whatever this great being Anwar Ibrahim is facing today are just a false evidences of those who want the country to be ruled like it has been ruled since independence where people has no say and no one to whom they can say hence spreading propaganda against the shining star of Malaysian politics that is as pure and clear like his name Anwar Ibrahim.

Reforms are needed in the constitution and in the election process including the judiciary who acts as puppet to the government on most occasions and who has no independent functioning of its own. The nation should stand with this hero who has started a revolution to bring change in the lives of those who still being deprived of their rights to live in peace where their dreams can fulfilled without making them feel of their commonness.

At last I just want to share few lines when I came to knew about Anwar’s great being and these are:

“The ray of freedom has touched the source of fire where now the burns of those are exposed who knew their fate would be coming. A new hero has marched on the path of future where thorns are withering on the petals of rose spreading the fragrance of equality.”

Blast rocked the Norwegian Capital – A Capital for Peace and Harmony

22/07/11 – Oslo Bomb Blast which rocked the Norwegian capital today killed 93 people and injured several.

Armed For The Quill and on behalf of all our members / colleagues we condemn this heinous and in humane act of terrorism which devastated the land of Nobel peace which has always work for and speak for peace. Armed For The Quill is standing with the peaceful and innocent people of Norway in the times of their un-expected sorrows and moments of grievances.

AFTQ ask for support and help for the Norwegian people and seeks international community to bring those who are behind this act against humanity and want them to bring to trail.

World News Headlines of April 11

France and U.N. Hit Ivory Coast Strongman’s Home and Palace

BOUAKÉ, Ivory Coast — French and United Nations helicopters fired missiles on Sunday at key positions held by forces loyal to the entrenched strongman Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, partly destroying Mr. Gbagbo’s residence, according to one of his top aides. The United Nations said the attacks were part of its…

Gaddafi accepts ceasefire: AU mediator

Tripoli, April 11: South African President Jacob Zuma says embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has accepted the African Union’s roadmap for a ceasefire to end the war in Libya. An African Union (AU) mediation delegation held talks with Gaddafi’s team on Sunday about a peace plan to put an end to the conflict, AFP reported….

Many dead in battle for Libya town

Many people are reported to have been killed in renewed fighting as pro-democracy fighters repelled an attack on the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya by forces loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. A Reuters news agency correspondent said he had seen at least 15 charred bodies next to vehicles belonging to Gaddafi’s forces which had…

A divided Poland marks 1st anniversary of plane crash that killed president

WARSAW, Poland – Poland on Sunday relived the deep pain that engulfed the nation a year ago with a day of prayers and other ceremonies marking the anniversary of the plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski and many other prominent civilian and military leaders. But deep political and social divisions that have simmered since the…

Pro-Gbagbo forces deny attack on rival’s HQ

ABIDJAN (AFP) – The government of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo denied carrying out an attack Saturday on a hotel in Abidjan where his rival, UN-recognised president Alassane Ouattara, is headquartered. A UN spokesman and witnesses told AFP earlier the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, where Ouattara has been holed up since disputed November…

China tells US: Stop preaching on human rights

China has told the US to stop preaching on human rights, after the state department’s annual report on the issue criticised China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the US should concentrate on its own rights issues and stop interfering. Chinese authorities have launched a major crackdown on dissent recently….

In Libya, an Odd-Couple Alliance

WASHINGTON — At home in France, he has long been called “Sarko l’Américain.” But it took an American president and the threat of a massacre in Libya to give President Nicolas Sarkozy the chance to channel his inner American. With his call for military action against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, his recognition of the…

Egypt army kills 1 dispersing overnight protest

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Health Ministry says one person was killed and 71 injured after the army charged into a central Cairo square to disperse a protest. Hundreds of soldiers stormed the square, beating protesters with sticks and firing volleys of gunfire in the early hours of the morning to disperse a demonstration carried over from the night…

Syrian city of Deraa hit by deadly clashes

At least 23 protesters have been killed during anti-government rallies in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, witnesses have told the BBC.

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World News Headlines of April 06

Libyan rebel says strikes too little, late

BENGHAZI, Libya – A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO yesterday, saying that it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. But the alliance said ruler Moammar Khadafy’s forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes. Abdel-Fattah Younis, chief of staff for the rebel military and Khadafy’s…

International pressure mounts on Yemen leader

International pressure is mounting on Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, after at least 19 people have been killed in anti-government protests in the last two days. Strong statements from the United States, United Nations, European Union, Britain and Italy came as Saleh backers clashed with protesters in the capital,…

Radioactive water stops leaking from Japan plant

TOKYO (AP) — The utility that owns the crippled Japanese nuclear reactor says that highly radioactive water has stopped leaking into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesperson Naoki Tsunoda said Wednesday the company’s attempt to stem the leak by injecting 1,500 liters (400 gallons) of “water glass,” or sodium silicate, and another agent near…

Ivorian leader denies move to surrender

Wednesday, 6 April 2011, 11:42 am Press Release: Al Jazeera Ivorian leader denies move to surrender Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent president, said that the Ivorian army had called for a ceasefire but denied…

Libya: Rebel leader accuses Nato of failing civilians

The Libyan rebel commander, Gen Abdul Fattah Younis, has accused Nato of standing idly by while pro-Gaddafi forces kill people in Misrata. If Nato waited another week to intervene, the besieged city’s people faced extermination, he told…

Libya: Rebels set to export first oil shipment

The first export of oil from rebel-held areas of eastern Libya for almost three weeks is due to begin later. Libya’s opposition groups are making plans to load a tanker believed to have now docked at a terminal near Tobruk.

France says Gbagbo in talks over departure

Cote d’Ivoire’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating his departure from power after several days of heavy fighting in Abidjan between his forces and those loyal to rival Alassane Ouattara, according to his government spokesman. “There are direct negotiations based on African Union recommendations which said Ouattara is president,”

Afghan policeman kills 2 U.S. soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two U.S. soldiers were shot to death by an Afghan police officer yesterday in northern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. It was at least the third time this year that Afghan security personnel had turned on coalition soldiers. The shooting came after three days of…

Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over limit

Tokyo (CNN) — Japanese utility and government authorities suffered fresh setbacks Tuesday with the detection of radiation in a fish and news that water gushing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific had radiation levels more than millions of times above the regulatory limit. Readings from samples taken Saturday in the concrete…

Final battle rages in Ivory Coast, forces close in

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast-United Nations and French forces closed in on Ivory Coast’s presidential palace early Tuesday after launching full assaults on the residence of the entrenched leader, the republican guard, two major military bases and state TV. Fighters aiming to topple strongman Laurent Gbagbo had succeeded in taking nearly the entire…

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World News Headlines of April 3

As many as 1,000 killed in Ivory Coast town, Red Cross says

Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa— As forces loyal to rival presidents fought pitched battles in the country’s biggest city, the reported an ominous development in the increasingly brutal struggle for control: the massacre of up to 1,000 civilians in a western town. The killings in Duekoue reportedly came over the course of three days…

Japan Nuclear Plant: 2 Missing Fukushima Workers Found Dead

TOKYO — A massive tsunami that crippled a nuclear power plant also killed two workers there, the Japanese operator announced Sunday, confirming the first deaths at the complex. The two workers – a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old – had been missing since a massive March 11 earthquake spawned the wave, but their bodies were discovered…

State Officials: Koran-Burning Led To 20 Deaths

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — WPBF.com State officials said that Pastor Terry Jones’s act of burning the Koran in March 20 fanned the flames of anti-American sentiment and led to dozens of deaths as Muslims attacked a United Nations headquarters in Afghanistan. Seven months after Jones bowed to public pressure and vowed to never burn the…

Battle for Abidjan rages, ‘carnage in west’

The fierce standoff between fighters loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president of Cote d’Ivoire, and Alassane Ouattara, the country”s internationally recognised leader, intensified on Saturday. Gbagbo’s force retook the bridge leading to his presidential palace on Saturday, after the opposition had appeared poised to topple the..

Libya: Coalition air strike near Brega kills rebels

At least 12 people are reported to have been killed when a coalition plane enforcing the no-fly zone fired on a rebel convoy between Brega and Ajdabiya late on Friday night.

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World News Headlines of April 2

Red Cross: 800 killed in Ivory Coast town

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says that more than 800 people were killed in intercommunal violence in a town in western Ivory Coast. The town was the first of many in Ivory Coast to fall earlier this week to an armed group vying to install the country’s democratically elected leader, Alassane Ouattara.

Mob kills 8 U.N. workers in Afghanistan

Officials say a crowd of up to 1,000 people attacked the United Nations compound in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing eight guards believed to be from the Philippines. The attack was sparked by a mosque sermon describing the burning of the Koran by an American pastor….

Showdown for Ivory Coast rivals

Troops supporting the UN-recognised president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, appear poised for a final push to oust his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up the presidency. In the main city, Abidjan, pro-Ouattara forces have launched an assault on the fortified presidential residence.

Battles rage in Libya amid defections of key Gadhafi allies

Libyan opposition leaders emerge Are you in Libya? Send your pictures, video to iReport. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — As Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle showed possible signs of cracking Friday, heavily armed forces loyal to the Libyan leader continued pounding cities that were once some of the country’s most prosperous places.

Grim search for dead three weeks after Japan quake

Tokyo: Thousands of Japanese and US troops launched an intensive air and sea operation on Friday to recover bodies of those killed in the huge earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan three weeks ago. The grim search came as the government revealed that radiation from a nuclear power plant crippled by the twin disaster had been found in…

Ivory Coast fighters descend on main city

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast-Fighters trying to install Ivory Coast’s democratically elected president descended Thursday on its largest city and seat of power, poised for a final push to unseat the entrenched ruler. Forces backing Alassane Ouattara have overrun nearly 80 percent of the country as soldiers fled and towns fell in quick succession.

Rebels cheer cracks in Gaddafi rule

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels cheered the defection of a Libyan minister as a sign that Muammar Gaddafi’s rule was crumbling, but U.S. officials warned he was far from beaten and made clear they feared entanglement in another painful war. After former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain, London urged others around…

Libya: Nato insists Alliance will enforce arms embargo

Nato has slapped down Barack Obama and David Cameron by insisting that the Alliance will enforce an arms embargo on all of Libya, including rebel held territory. Rebels have pleaded for more arms and ammunition to supplement dwindling stocks taken from government depots at the start of the conflict

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World News Headlines of April 1

Grim search for dead three weeks after Japan quake

Tokyo: Thousands of Japanese and US troops launched an intensive air and sea operation on Friday to recover bodies of those killed in the huge earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan three weeks ago. The grim search came as the government revealed that radiation from a nuclear power plant crippled by the twin disaster had been found in…

Ivory Coast fighters descend on main city

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast-Fighters trying to install Ivory Coast’s democratically elected president descended Thursday on its largest city and seat of power, poised for a final push to unseat the entrenched ruler. Forces backing Alassane Ouattara have overrun nearly 80 percent of the country as soldiers fled and towns fell in quick succession.

Rebels cheer cracks in Gaddafi rule

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels cheered the defection of a Libyan minister as a sign that Muammar Gaddafi’s rule was crumbling, but U.S. officials warned he was far from beaten and made clear they feared entanglement in another painful war. After former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain, London urged others around…

Libya: Nato insists Alliance will enforce arms embargo

Nato has slapped down Barack Obama and David Cameron by insisting that the Alliance will enforce an arms embargo on all of Libya, including rebel held territory. Rebels have pleaded for more arms and ammunition to supplement dwindling stocks taken from government depots at the start of the conflict Photo: AFP/GETTY By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels…

Japan Told To Consider Widening Evacuation Zone Around Nuclear Plant

March 31, 2011 6:30:27 AM By Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – Pressure mounted on Japan on Thursday to expand the evacuation zone around its stricken nuclear power plant while officials said radiation may be flowing continuously into the nearby sea, where contamination was now 4,000 times the legal limit.

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World News Headlines of March 31

Pro-Ouattara forces sweep through I.Coast

Pro-Ouattara forces in Duekoue, western Ivory Coast. Forces backing Ivory C… Picture taken on March 29 shows damaged houses in Duekoue, in western Ivory… A member of the pro-Ouattara forces takes a break in Blolequin. Forces back… Forces backing Ivory Coast’s recognised president Alassane Ouattara captured key cities and warned his rival…

Libya’s foreign minister defects

London – Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s closest advisers and a former spy chief, defected and flew to Britain on Wednesday in protest at attacks by Gaddafi forces on civilians, a friend said. A British government source described his resignation as “a significant blow” to Gaddafi and Koussa’s predecessor…

Arming Libya’s rebels: A cautionary tale

As the fortunes of the Libyan opposition forces rise and fall, there is a growing concern within the coalition that its air power may not be enough to prevent the rebels’ defeat, raising the spectre of…

Syrian Leader Calls for Reform but Warns of ‘Plots’

CAIRO — A day after his cabinet resigned, President Bashar al-Assad appeared before Syria’s Parliament on Wednesday to deliver a major speech that could help determine his destiny as he seeks to to address protests against his authoritarian rule. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images An image taken from Syrian television shows President…

Japan crisis: Four stricken reactors at Japan Fukushima nuclear plant to be scrapped

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Scrambling hard to tackle its worst atomic crisis, Japan today said it will scrap four stricken reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear facility, as radiation seeping into seawater reached its highest level yet and the President of the troubled plant’s operator hospitalised. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant’s…

Leaders talk as cricketers clash in Mohali

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are meeting during a World Cup cricket match between the countries, hoping to use one of the world’s biggest sporting contests to rebuild relations shattered by the Mumbai attacks. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited his counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani to watch the semi-final match in the northern…

Bali bomb suspect arrested in Pakistan: Indonesia

JAKARTA: An alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people has been arrested in Pakistan, an Indonesian counter-terrorism official said on Wednesday. The official told AFP on condition of anonymity that Umar Patek had been detained on Tuesday but declined to give details about where or how the arrest was made.

Floods trigger southern Thai landslides; 15 dead

BANGKOK (AP) — At least four people have been killed in landslides in southern Thailand, bringing to 15 the death toll in the flood-battered region. A Krabi province official says another 10-20 people are missing in the landslides from late Tuesday night. Some seven villages were affected by the slides, three of which were inaccessible Wednesday…

Radiation levels soar in Japan sea water

Radiation levels in sea water near Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant have reached more than 3,000 times the legal limit, officials said, as efforts continue to bring the country’s nuclear crisis under control. Japan’s nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday that water near the crippled plant’s No. 1 reactor contained radioactive iodine at…

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World News Headlines of March 30

World mulls arming Libyan rebels on the run

AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) – Moamer Kadhafi’s forces were pushing rebels further back in east Libya on Wednesday after routing them outside the key city of Sirte as world powers mulled arming the rag-tag band of fighters. Correspondents said Kadhafi’s troops were closing in on the oil refinery town of Ras Lanuf, 370 kilometres (230 miles)…

Radiation levels soar in Japan sea water

Radiation levels in sea water near Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant have reached more than 3,000 times the legal limit, officials said, as efforts continue to bring the country’s nuclear crisis under control. Japan’s nuclear safety agency said on Wednesday that water near the crippled plant’s No. 1 reactor contained radioactive iodine at…

Arms to Libya rebels ‘not ruled out’

US President Barack Obama has said he does not rule out arming the rebels seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. He said in an interview that Col Gaddafi had been greatly weakened and would ultimately step down. Pro-Gaddafi forces have driven the rebels back tens of kilometres over ground they took in recent days after…

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh loses grip on several provinces

A tribal insurgency in the north and Islamic militants in the south capitalize on turmoil to make territorial gains. Share Related Stories By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times…

Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo calls for ceasefire

Ivorian incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has appealed for an immediate ceasefire after advances by forces loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara. A spokesman for Mr Gbagbo said the army had adopted a strategy of tactical…

Virginia Tech Fined $55K for Response to Shootings

The Associated Press By DENA POTTER Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. March 29, 2011 (AP) Mario Tama/Getty Images Mourners hug during Virginia Tech’s Day of Remembrance honoring the 32 people killed by Cho… Mourners hug during Virginia Tech’s Day of Remembrance honoring the 32 people killed by Cho Seung-Hui April 16, 2008 in Blacksburg, Virginia….

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi should go, say world powers as rebels advance

WORLD powers have vowed to continue military action until Muammar Gaddafi stops his “murderous attacks” on Libyan civilians, as loud blasts rocked his stronghold in Tripoli. At a meeting of more than 35 nations in London, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron said that allied air strikes would go…

Syria Cabinet Resigns Amid Unrest

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East. Assad, whose family has controlled Syria for four decades, is trying to calm the…

The influence of unions worldwide

COMING TO A BANK NEAR YOU? Although it was not covered much by the media, over 400,000 people recently demonstrated in central London, decrying the government cuts in its budget. UK newspapers report that although some were there to peacefully demonstrate, unions used 600 coaches and 9 trains to take union members to the scene, where they created…

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World News Headlines of March 29

Carter in Cuba amid heightened US-Havana tension

Former US president Jimmy Carter launched a three-day mission in Cuba on Monday aimed at easing tensions with Havana, and raising hopes a jailed US government contractor may be freed. Carter, 86, is visiting the communist-run island at the invitation of the Cuban government for talks to help improve strained relations between Washington and…

Japan on ‘maximum alert’ over nuclear crisis: PM

Osaka: Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan today said his government is in a “state of maximum alert” over the crisis at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, Jiji Press reported. Kan told a lower house budget committee meeting that the situation “continues to be unpredictable” and that the government “will tackle the problem while in a state of…

Barack Obama defends US military intervention in Libya

US president gives speech to nation claiming US action has saved ‘countless lives’ – but rules out targeting Gaddafi Barack Obama said the US would ‘work with other nations to hasten the day when Gaddafi leaves power’.

US apologizes for more Afghan ‘kill team’ photos

WASHINGTON: The US military apologized again on Monday after Rolling Stone published more photos and videos of members of an alleged rogue army unit “kill team” accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport. A week after one soldier was jailed after striking a plea bargain to testify against the alleged ringleader, the weekly magazine published a…

Ivory Coast braced for final battle as city falls

Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised President claimed yesterday to have seized an important city, an event that could mark the beginning of military operations in the West African country that has teetered for months on the brink of civil war.

West End Retailers Call For Protest Protection

London’s West End shops are calling for increased protection from protesters after shops were damaged and forced to close during Saturday’s massive cuts march. Many on Oxford Street and Piccadilly had to close their doors as a splinter group daubed paint on facades and smashed windows.

Berlusconi in court over tax fraud case

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, has appeared at a court in Milan over allegations of tax fraud and breach of trust in his business interests. Prosecutors have accused the 74-year-old premier of fraud in the sale of film rights by his Mediaset company.

Libyan rebels target Gadhafi’s hometown

Beginning of Story Content Libya’s rebel forces closed in Monday on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, the gateway to the western half of the country, after it was targeted for the first time by international airstrikes. Witnesses in Sirte said that bombing was heard Sunday night and then again 6:30 a.m. local time, but there was no fighting in…

Japanese nuclear plant says partial meltdown caused water contamination

Incorrect radioactivity readings given by Fukushima officials were ‘absolutely unforgivable’, says government Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant: A partial meltdown of fuel rods caused high levels of radioactivity in a water leak at the No 2 reactor.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley insists Government will not be able to ignore London cuts protest

HUNDREDS of union members, councillors and campaigners from York and North and East Yorkshire joined the thousands of protesters in London marching against the Coalition Government’s spending cuts. Conflicting reports suggested the march, thought to be the largest gathering organised by the TUC in 30 years, was attended by between…

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World News Headlines of March 28

YSR’s brother slaps MLA during Andhra assembly session

HYDERABAD: In perhaps the first time in the history of Indian legislature, a minister in the AP government slapped an opposition MLA right in the assembly minutes after the house met for the day. The minister in question is Y S Vivekananda Reddy, the brother of former…

Shot man an earthquake refugee

Did you see the shooting? A man shot dead in an armed stand-off with police was an only child who had moved to Napier to escape the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Lachan Kelly-Tumarae, 19, of Flaxmere in Hastings, was shot by an officer with a standard issue Glock pistol in Fernhill, about 15km from Napier, around 1.30am and died in hospital about 3am. Police said Mr Kelly-Tumarae had presented a shotgun at police officers in both Maraenui and at Fernhill. Early reports were that he had fired his weapon before he was shot, eastern district commander Superintendent Sam Hoyle said. James Tumarae, the uncle of Mr Kelly-Tumarae, said…

Bomb in Sunday newspaper injures Vacaville man

VACAVILLE — An elderly Vacaville man retrieving his newspaper this morning was severely injured when explosives packed inside the paper blew up in his hands, city officials said….

One by one, the milestones on the road to Tripoli are falling

The last time the rebels made it as far west as Bin Jawad, it ended in disaster: their fighters ran into a murderous ambush, lost 70 men, and were forced into a terrifying retreat that nearly ended their campaign. But yesterday, after a stunning sweep across the territory for which they have fought so hard and for so long, they were back. This time, with Western air power destroying almost all that is left of the regime’s armour and artillery, the mood was very different. The rebels’ eyes were cast towards Sirte, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s birthplace and the centre of loyalist resistance.

Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenges western direct action and says prolonged conflict could lead to a ‘second Iraq’ Libyan rebels outside Ras Lanouf: The Turkish prime minister urged that ‘we have to bring an end’ to the civil war. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP The Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled that Turkey is ready to act as a mediator to broker an early ceasefire in Libya, as he warned that a drawn-out conflict risked turning the country into a “second Iraq” or “another Afghanistan” with devastating repercussions both for Libya and the Nato states leading the intervention….

Libya revolt: Advancing rebels capture oil town Brega

Libyan rebels have recaptured two more towns after re-taking the port of Ajdabiya from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. They have seized the eastern coastal towns of Brega and Ujala without a fight and say they are moving towards the heartland of Col Gaddafi’s support. Rebel fighters also say they now control the key oil town of Ras Lanuf, but this has not been…

Crash in Boston’s Sumner Tunnel kills 1 person

BOSTON – A vehicle crash in a Boston tunnel has left one person dead. Massachusetts state police say the one-vehicle crash happened…

Western air strikes turn tide back in rebel favour

RUADH N Mac CORMAIC in Paris LIBYA:LIBYAN REBELS regained the initiative over Muammar Gadafy’s forces yesterday, pushing further west with the help of western air strikes and recapturing towns abandoned by retreating government soldiers. Opposition forces were in control of all the main oil terminals in the eastern half of Libya last night. They had retaken Ajdabiya, Brega and Ben Jawwad, the westernmost point the rebels had reached in early March before they were pushed back by Col Gadafy’s better-equipped forces to their stronghold of Benghazi.

 

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The war in Libya: Nato decides how far it wants to go

Nato’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council (NAC), is meeting today in Brussels to decide how deeply it is willing to be drawn into the Libyan conflict. Washington is very keen to hand over this chalice in time for Hillary Clinton and Bob Gates to go on the Sunday morning talk shows and tell the nation that Libya is not longer America’s…

Radioactivity soars in Japan reactor

Radiation at a hobbled nuclear plant in Japan was 10 million times more than normal, officials said. Workers were evacuated on Sunday from the reactor building in Fukushima to prevent exposure, the plant’s operator said. The high radiation levels were detected at reactor number 2 in water that had accumulated in the turbine housing…

Syrian protesters target Baath Party offices

Protesters and Syrian security forces have clashed in the coastal city of Latakia, where mourners attending a funeral set fire to the local Baath Party building and a police station. There were witness reports of Syrian security forces firing tear gas on several hundred protesters who staged a silent sit-in near a mosque in the southern city of…

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A peaceful protest. The inevitable aftermath The Independent

Libyan rebels take back oil towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf in westward push The Guardian

Japan land 1-2 in world’s richest race Khaleej Times

Libya revolt: Advancing rebels capture oil town Brega BBC News

Old agents rally around corrupt, murderous ex-colleague John Connolly Boston Herald

Our child alcoholics NZ Herald

Gilani accepts PM’s invitation to watch Indo-Pak semifinal The Times of India

Slides force evacuation in San Pablo San Fransisco Chronicle

World News Headlines of March 26

At least 1 million flee violence from Ivory Coast standoff

DAKAR, Senegal — As many as 1 million people have fled their homes in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, to escape the increasing violence and collapsing economy stemming from the nation’s political crisis, the United Nations said Friday. Daily gunfire spurred by Laurent Gbagbo’s efforts to stay in power after losing a presidential election in…

Japan crisis: nuclear workers exposed to 10,000 times more radiation than normal
Concerns over the extent of radioactive contamination in Japan deepened after it emerged that three workers admitted to hospital this week were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than normal This photo, taken on 11 March and released on 23 March, shows waves forming in the sea after the tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant…

Yemen’s Saleh says willing to quit under conditions
SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Friday he was ready to cede power to prevent more bloodshed in Yemen but only to what he called “safe hands” as a massive “Day of Departure” street protest against him began. Western countries are alarmed that al Qaeda militants entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula country…

Deal set for NATO to lead Libya ‘no-fly ‘ mission
WASHINGTON – NATO will assume leadership from the United States of patrolling the skies over Libya, but the military alliance remains divided over who will command aggressive coalition airstrikes on Moammar Khadafy’s ground troops, NATO and US officials said yesterday. After a day of confusion and conflicting reports out of NATO headquarters in…

Death of the Hired Man and American Worker
Correspondent Dallas Darling. In Robert Frost’s dramatic poem “The Death of the Hired Man,” one dim night Mary informs her husband Warren (both of whom own and live on a farm), that Silas, a seasonal and elderly hired hand, has returned and is searching for work. Warren does not find Silas very useful or dependable. He believes…

Egypt’s revolutionaries say abusive treatment persists
Egypt: Revolution in doubt? Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — “Where is the revolution going, the revolution that began in Tahrir Square?” asked a short brunette holding a microphone. “What happened to the revolution we created?” Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran repeated the question before a crowd of activists, concerned citizens and politicians from parties…

Video shows police in Manaus, Brazil, shooting teenage boy
FIVE police officers have been detained after Brazilian television released amateur video that shows officers repeatedly shooting a 14-year-old boy. The boy survived but was seriously…

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World News Headlines of March 25

Deal set for NATO to lead Libya ‘no-fly ‘ mission

WASHINGTON – NATO will assume leadership from the United States of patrolling the skies over Libya, but the military alliance remains divided over who will command aggressive coalition airstrikes on Moammar Khadafy’s ground troops, NATO and US officials said yesterday. After a day of confusion and conflicting reports out of NATO headquarters in…

Egypt’s revolutionaries say abusive treatment persists

Egypt: Revolution in doubt? Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — “Where is the revolution going, the revolution that began in Tahrir Square?” asked a short brunette holding a microphone. “What happened to the revolution we created?” Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran repeated the question before a crowd of activists, concerned citizens and politicians from parties…

Video shows police in Manaus, Brazil, shooting teenage boy

FIVE police officers have been detained after Brazilian television released amateur video that shows officers repeatedly shooting a 14-year-old boy. The boy survived but was seriously…

BP’s deal with Rosneft on the verge of collapse

BP’s controversial $16bn share swap and arctic exploration deal with Russia’s Rosneft was thrown into disarray last night, with an independent arbitration panel ruling it could not go ahead. The ruling dealt a potentially fatal blow to BP’s most ambitious attempt to move beyond the crisis of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.

NATO countries to enforce Libya no-fly zone

NATO countries have agreed to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya “to protect civilians” against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters. He said the military alliance’s mandate did not go beyond the no-fly zone but NATO could also act in self-defence.

Syria: President offers freedoms after forces kill 37

Deraa: President Bashar al-Assad made an unprecedented pledge of greater freedom and more prosperity to Syrians Thursday as anger mounted following a crackdown on protesters that left at least 37 dead. As an aide to Assad in Damascus read out a list of decrees, which included a possible end to 48 years of emergency rule, a human rights group said a…

Ex-Ukraine President Charged

Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine—Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said he has been charged in the brutal slaying of an…

Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — Portugal’s political crisis and uncertainty over the true scale of problems at Irish banks dominated a summit of European Union leaders that was designed to finally put an end to the region’s crippling debt crisis. The summit was going to be the day for EU leaders to give their final approval to the overhaul of their crisis…

Workers suffer radiation poisoning

TWO emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been admitted to hospital suffering from radiation injuries….

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World News Headlines of March 24

NATO still split on taking over Libya operation

BRUSSELS – NATO failed again to agree on Wednesday on taking over command of military operations against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya from the United States, chiefly due to Turkish reservations. After ambassadors of the 28-nation NATO alliance ended a third day of wrangling in Brussels without a deal, one senior NATO diplomat said: “No…

Yemeni president offers early elections

Yemen’s president has offered to hold parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of the year, in his latest attempt to appease protesters calling on him to step down. “At this historic moment Yemen needs wisdom to avoid slipping into violence … that would destroy gains and leave the country facing a dangerous fate,” Ali Abdullah…

Dissidents’ release draws line under Cuba crackdown

The Cuban government has freed the last two political prisoners detained during a major crackdown on opposition activists in 2003. Felix Navarro, 57, was a teacher and political activist; 40-year-old Jose Ferrer a fisherman and member of one of the opposition movements. They were serving 25-year jail terms and considered prisoners of conscience by…

Syria crackdown on protests continues; 15 killed

Security forces raided a mosque in the city of Dara where demonstrators had sought shelter, witnesses say. The government says it stepped in only after a doctor and two others were killed by armed groups….

Portugal PM resigns after parliament rejected new austerity plan

PORTUGAL’S Prime Minister Jose Socrates tendered his resignation today after parliament rejected a new government austerity plan, greatly…

Jerusalem bomb: Benjamin Netanyahu in security pledge

Israel’s prime minister has pledged to act “aggressively and responsibly” to restore security after a bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Jerusalem. One person was killed and more than 30 others were injured after the blast at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem….

Gates visits Egypt to take stock of democratic transition

Following US Secretary Clinton’s visit to Egypt last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived unannounced in Egypt today to hold talks with Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, as well as meet with his counterpart, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Upon arrival, Secretary Gates was greeted by Egyptian Maj. Gen. Hassan al-Roueini,…

Blast Strikes Outside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station

JERUSALEM — A small device exploded outside Jerusalem’s central bus station on Wednesday, leaving at least 12 injured, according to Israeli emergency services. The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the bomb was strapped to a telephone poll near the stop, located outside the International Convention Center and across from the central…

West will end in ‘dustbin of history’, Gaddafi says

Western powers attacking Libya will end up in the dustbin of history, Muammar Gaddafi said as his troops held back poorly equipped rebel forces despite four nights of coalition air strikes. While Western air power has grounded Gaddafi’s warplanes and pushed back his forces from the brink of rebel stronghold Benghazi, disorganised and poorly…

Portugal bail-out looms as government nears collapse

Portugal’s opposition parties have withdrawn their support for austerity policies that may lead to the Lisbon government’s collapse on Wednesday. The government’s expected defeat in a parliamentary vote is likely to trigger an international financial rescue.

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World News Headlines of March 23

New aftershock, but progress made at Japan nuclear plant

A strong aftershock struck this morning near the troubled nuclear power plant at the centre of Japan’s radiation crisis. The country’s meteorological agency said there was no fear of a tsunami following the 7.10am quake, whose magnitude was recorded at 6.0. Public broadcaster NHK said there was no immediate report of further damage to nuclear power…

Protest spreads in Syria as police move on mosque

Tweet Protests spread in southern Syria Tuesday as hundreds of people marched to demand reforms in a previously peaceful village, witnesses and activists said, the Associated Press reported. Troops and protesters faced off in a nearby city outside a mosque where demonstrators have taken shelter. The government sought to contain the first serious…

Gaddafi appears on Libyan TV denouncing ‘unjust’ UN military campaign

LIBYAN state TV aired footage today of a defiant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi addressing supporters at his Tripoli residence and vowing to fight on….

Israel strikes Gaza targets, killing eight

Israeli officials said the strikes, in which three Palestinian children and their grandfather were among the dead, were in response to a recent mortar barrage fired by Gaza militants into Israel. Share By Ahmed Aldabba and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times…

Russia’s Vladimir Putin denies Libya rift with Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has firmly rejected suggestions of a split over Libya with President Dmitry Medvedev, insisting they are “close”. Mr Putin was criticised by Mr Medvedev on Monday, after condemning the UN resolution on Libya and comparing it…

Concerns In Libya

Just three days after the United Nations Security Council approved resolution 1973 – that authorised member states to take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians and to implement a no-fly zone in Libya – the Arab League has expressed reservations over…

What Next for the War in Libya?

Now that the mission over Libya has begun, the debate about how to conduct the war – rather than the reasons for it – must begin. The last couple of years have provided a treasure chest of lessons for warfare. But some of those that look particularly attractive are not 18 carat, but fool’s gold. It will be crucial for European governments to learn…

Yemen president warns of coup and civil war

Sana’a: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told army commanders on Tuesday the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state could descend into civil war because of efforts to stage what he called a “coup” against his rule. Senior army commanders said on Monday they had switched support to pro-democracy activists who have been protesting for…

US warplane crash-lands in Libya

A US warplane has crash-landed in Libya, a US military spokesman says. The spokesman, Kenneth Fiddler, told the BBC there was no indication that the F-15 Eagle was brought down by hostile fire. He said one crew member had been recovered safely. An operation is under way to recover another. It is not clear where the plane went down.

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World News Headlines of March 22

Split Allies Push On With Libya Airstrikes

By NATHAN HODGE in Washington, STEPHEN FIDLER in Brussels and SAM DAGHER in Tripoli The U.S. and its allies intensified air attacks against forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi Monday. Nathan Hodge has details from Washington and Sam Dagher reports from Tripoli, Libya. The U.S. and its allies worked to expand the protective shield in the skies over…

Israel air strikes wound 19 in Gaza Strip

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday, wounding at least 19 people, after militants fired mortar shells and rockets into the Jewish state, witnesses and militant groups said. The number of raids and casualties in one evening showed the rising tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza….

Guatemala’s Alvaro Colom to divorce wife Sandra Torres

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and his wife Sandra Torres have filed for divorce so she can stand for election to succeed him, officials say. Ms Torres announced she would be the governing party candidate in September’s presidential election earlier…

Latin America faces big challenges – Obama

SANTIAGO, Chile – Reaching out to a vast but overshadowed region, President Barack Obama called Latin America a rising giant in the world that must live up to greater responsibilities and speak up for those whose rights are crushed. Firming up his “new era of partnership” with the peoples of South and Central America, Obama made his…

U.S. intends to step back in Libya mission, but timing uncertain

Obama explains U.S. role in Libya (CNN) — The unique military capabilities of the United States made it the leader of initial coalition attacks on Libya in order to establish a no-fly zone and halt Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but the mission will soon shift to control by NATO or others with participation by Arab nations, U.S. officials insist.

22,000 Dead or Missing in Japan

Medvedev rejects Putin ‘crusade’ remark over Libya

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s description of the UN resolution on Libya is “unacceptable”. The rare rebuke came hours after Mr Putin criticised the resolution, which authorised military action to protect Libyan civilians.

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World News Headlines of March 21

52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine accident

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Rescue workers used shovels and bare hands Monday to dig out victims buried by explosions in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan, and officials said they feared all 52 miners underground at the time of the accident were dead. The workers have recovered 24 bodies after digging through one of the mine’s three wings, said…

Google accuses China of blocking Gmail

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Google Inc on Monday accused the Chinese government of making it difficult for Gmail users to access the service in the country, the latest development in a rocky relationship between the two. Google said any difficulty users in China may have faced in the past few weeks accessing its email service was likely to be the result…

Top Yemeni general, Ali Mohsen, announces defection

Key Yemeni General Ali Mohsen, who is close to President Ali Abdullah Saleh,…

Arab states may now want to rethink approval

CAIRO – Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya on Sunday and said he would call a new league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention. Moussa said the Arab League’s approval of a no-fly zone on March 12 was based on a desire to prevent Moammar…

Obama hails democracy in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro – US President Barack Obama praised democracy Sunday in an address to the Brazilian people, at a time when the United States is involved in airstrikes on Libya, and the Arab world is in flux as protesters demand freedom from their governments. In Rio, Obama visited the Cidade de Deus favela, a slum neighbourhood known as City of God,…

Bahrain and Iran expel diplomats

Iran has expelled a Bahraini diplomat in a retaliatory move, amid an ongoing dispute linked to anti-government protests in Bahrain. Earlier, Bahrain had expelled the Iranian charge d’affaires. Tehran has criticised Bahrain’s Sunni rulers for using troops from other Gulf states to help…

Japan warns more radioactive emissions likely

DAVID McNEILL in Tokyo JAPAN’S GOVERNMENT claimed some success over the weekend in its battle to prevent meltdown at a crippled nuclear power plant but amid reports of spreading contamination it warned that the release of more radioactive material is likely. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), which operates the plant, said it had cooled dangerously…

US won’t have dominant role in Libya action: Gates

ON BOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that the US expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition — probably headed either by the French and British or by NATO — “in a matter of days.” In his first public remarks since the start of the bombings, Gates said President Barack Obama…

Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh sacks cabinet

EMBATTLED Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh sacked his government today as mourners massed in Sanaa to bury many of the 52 people gunned down by his…

Egyptians Voters Approve Constitution Changes

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian voters overwhelming approved a referendum on constitutional changes that will usher in rapid elections, with the results announced Sunday underscoring the strength of established political organizations and the weakness of the nascent liberal groups. Related Times Topic: Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath More than…

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