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Greek government in power-sharing talks amid riots

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou offered today to step down and make way for a national unity government if the opposition agreed on a clear plan on how to proceed with reforms, government sources said. Papandreou must push through a new five-year campaign of tax rises, spending cuts and sell-offs of state property to continue receiving aid from the European ...

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Syria widens crackdown in north and east

Syrians continue to flee towns in the north of the country as the crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s one-party rule reportedly widens.  Troops pushed towards the town of Maarat al-Numaan after detaining hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughur, the Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday, citing people who fled the area. Residents streamed south towards ...

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NATO leaders in talks amid fresh Libya strikes

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO's chief will hold talks on Libya with British leaders on Wednesday after the alliance battered Moamer Kadhafi's forces even as its top brass raised concerns about the 11-week aerial war. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague for discussions on the military ...

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Greek workers strike, protesters mass at parliament

ATHENS – Thousands of Greek demonstrators massed at parliament and workers launched a national strike on Wednesday to protest against the government’s efforts to approve new austerity measures for the debt-stricken euro zone state. Prime Minister George Papandreou must push through a new five-year campaign of tax hikes, spending cuts and sell-offs of state property to continue receiving aid from ...

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Sudan: Barack Obama calls for ceasefire

US President Barack Obama has called for a ceasefire in Sudan, following an upsurge in fighting in the South Kordofan region. He urged both the north and south to “live up to their responsibilities” to prevent a return to civil war. Thousands of people have been displaced…

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