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Iranians mixed feelings over Argo’s Oscar

Oscar for Argo was not entirely what one would expect. While it was predictable that Iranian government and its official media would attack the movie, many monarchists and those who support Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah, also bashed the film and accused it of being sympathetic to the revolutionaries who seized the U.S. Embassy in 1979 and ...

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Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has financed a large purchase of infantry weapons from Croatia and quietly funneled them to antigovernment fighters in Syria in a drive to break the bloody stalemate that has allowed President Bashar al-Assad to cling to power, according to American and Western officials familiar with the purchases. Enlarge This Image A recoilless gun that originated in ...

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Chile Navy Tries To Save Stranded Whales

26 February 2013, 1:58 Chile Navy Tries To Save Stranded Whales Tweet Rescuers have been trying to save around 50 pilot whales which beached themselves off Chile. Fishermen spotted the pod of short-finned whales stranded on a beach in southern Chile’s Strait of Magellan on Sunday, 65 miles south of Punta Arenas. Fisherman Jorge Carcamo said: “Around four in the ...

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  Syria Opposition Agrees To Rome Peace Talks

Posted: February 25, 2013 The civil war in Syria has been raging for so long, it seems as if no end is in sight. The Syrian government, led by Bashar Hafez al-Assad has drawn plenty of blood from those who wish to overthrow him. The other side, the Syria oppositiion party has drawn its own fair share of blood as ...

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Video Shows Group Holds Family Seized In Cameroon

LAGOS, Nigeria — A French family kidnapped last week on the Cameroon-Nigeria border appeared on a video posted Monday on YouTube, with one of the hostages and a gunman saying that the family is being held by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters ...

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China Has Its Own Debt Bomb

By RUCHIR SHARMA Six years ago, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cautioned that China’s economy is “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable.” China has since doubled down on the economic model that prompted his concern. Mr. Wen spoke out in an attempt to change the course of an economy dangerously dependent on one lever to generate growth: heavy investment in the roads, ...

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NATO says no evidence for Afghan misconduct claim

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said Monday it has found no evidence to support allegations that American special forces were involved in the abuse of Afghan civilians in a restive eastern province that serves as a gateway to Kabul. The statement came as the Afghan government moved ahead with an order to expel the special forces from Wardak province within ...

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EU leaders give Kiev until May to prove it wants to look West

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders on Monday gave visiting Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich until May to show his nation had made progress towards political reform if it is serious about clinching a free trade deal which would move it away from Moscow’s orbit. Both the European Union and Ukraine are keen to cut their dependency on gas giant Russia, but ...

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Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syria is ready to hold talks with its armed opponents, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday, in the clearest offer yet of negotiations with rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem prepares to address the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas ...

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Karzai, citing abuse, orders U.S. units out of province

Afghanistan’s president on Sunday ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. The decision seems to have caught the coalition and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a separate command, by surprise. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to ...

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