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World News Headlines of March 5

Libyan fighting could be ‘sustained conflict’

Washington (CNN) — Anti-Gadhafi fighters appear to have the resources to carry on the fight against the Libyan government for some time, according to a U.S. official. “This could be a sustained conflict,” said the official, but acknowledged this was a fluid situation. When asked if the conflict in Libya was now becoming a civil war, the official,…

China’s Wen delivers “State of the Union”

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) – Premier Wen Jiabao delivers China’s version of a “State of Union” address on Saturday. In a prepared text of his speech to the annual parliament session, Wen said that fighting inflation was the government’s top priority and warned about the impact of loose monetary policies in wealthy economies. (For a full story,…

Fury at funeral of Pakistan’s assassinated minister

By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Khushpur The atmosphere at the funeral of Shahbaz Bhatti, in his predominantly Christian home village, was one of anger and pain Continue reading the main story Related Stories Motives behind Bhatti’s murder Q&A: Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws Blasphemy reformer death threats Shahbaz Bhatti’s funeral was not the…

Fighting on in Libya’s oil heartland

Atul Aneja Protests in Tripoli after Friday prayers…

Egypt’s military appoints new PM after Mubarak ally quits

Compiled by Daily Star staff Friday, March 04, 2011 – Powered by –> Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq resigned Thursday and the military asked a former transport minister to form a new government which pro-democracy activists want to be purged of Hosni Mubarak’s old guard. The opposition hailed the decision as another victory for…

New Iraq protests draw thousands amid tight security

Demonstrators calling for better public services and government take to the streets across Iraq despite beefed-up security forces, curfews and bans on vehicle movement. The protests are far less bloody than earlier demonstrations that erupted into violence. Share Related Stories By Alice Fordham and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times…

Libya clashes widen, unrest erupts in Tripoli

TRIPOLI – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi widened attacks on rebel-held areas in an escalation of Libya’s crisis on Friday and unrest spread to the capital when gunmen opened fire to break up dissident protests. Eastern-based rebels pressed home their push to the west with an attack on the oil town of Ras Lanuf, claiming to have taken its airport….

Ivory Coast: parts of Abidjan resemble war zone – UN

Ivory Coast crisis Eyewitness: ‘We were slaughtered’ Life on hold Rebel capital: ‘Running for water’ Q&A: Ivory Coast election crisis Parts of Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan resemble a “war zone”, the UN refugee agency head in the West African nation, Jacques Franquin, told the BBC….

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…

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Villain for West & Friend for his own People – Ahmadinejad – President of Iran

The car was not a luxury car but a 34 year old Peugeot 504’en has definitely seen its best days, but nevertheless achieved anything other than list price. Ahmadinejad, who in the West is known for his uncompromising language and his hateful outcomes, primarily against Israel, put the car up for sale 1 January. A site invited potential buyers to place bids, and the Iranian President vowed to use money for housing for the disabled and female parents alone.

According to the state welfare organization that organized the auction bids poured in from many parts of the world, but who eventually got the bid of 25 billion rial is not known.

“My client bought the car from his personal interest in President Ahmadinejad and his energetic fight against the arrogance and Zionism,” said the Iranian lawyer Mahmoud Esari representing the buyer.

The car seems to be relatively rusty, not at all a matter of course for French cars produced in the 1970s and the blue seat covers also testify to the careful use and good maintenance.

Poor People’s Friend

Ahmadinejad does not live any extravagant life and have always liked to portray themselves as poor people’s faithful servant. When he was elected as President in 2005, he had to under Iranian law give up his personal fortune. Besides his white 1977 model Peugeot 504, he listed out the 40-year-old house in a middle class area east of Tehran and the balance in two bank accounts. When he was re-elected in 2009, he promised to make housing, creation of new jobs and economic reforms to their banner issues.

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