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Life after Assad looks ominous for Syria’s Christian minority

In the gift shop of Damascus’ Chapel of Ananias, a middle-aged Christian man called Sari explained who he thought was to blame for the stories of government brutality emerging from his country. “All the international media are liars,” he said. “Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN – they are all lying. There is no trouble here in Damascus.” Syria’s more than 2 ...

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Iran plugs first nuclear power plant into grid

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s first nuclear power plant has finally begun to provide electricity to the national grid, official media reported on Sunday, a long-delayed milestone in the nuclear ambitions of a country the West fears is covertly try to develop atomic bombs. A view of the reactor at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, 1200 km (746 miles) south ...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives back on French soil

Former IMF chief faces uncertain political future after New York prosecutors drop charges of sexually assaultinghotel maid Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned to France for the first time since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid dashed the former International Monetary Fund chief’s ...

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Tropical Storm Lee soaks New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Lee was drenching New Orleans on Sunday as the Southern city, inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, faced a test of its flood defenses from the slow-moving system. Jeannie Breuer and her husband George walk by the Mississippi River as Tropical Storm Lee slowly makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana September 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Dan ...

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Libya warned smugglers are looting Gaddafi’s guns

West fears heatseeking surface-to-air missiles will fall into terrorists’ hands Rebel fighters plunder arms and ammunition from an army base in Ajdabiya, Libya, in March 2011. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian Libya must urgently secure weapons hoarded by the Gaddafi regime amid growing fears that smugglers are exploiting the chaos there to loot hundreds of portable missiles and other ...

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Obama backs down over plans to impose cleaner air laws

In a surprise move which risks consolidating the growing perception of him as a back-down, back-off leader, President Barack Obama announced yesterday he was giving up his plans to impose stricter air quality regulations for fear it would add to the country’s economic and employment woes. Waving the white flag to the business lobby and to Republicans who had vowed ...

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Exiled Tibetans Celebrate their 51st Tibetan Democracy Day

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala:- Dharamshala: Thousands of Tibetans including officials, students, monks and nuns living in exile celebrated their 51st Democracy Day Friday, September 2. The ceremony was graced by Prem Kumar Dhumal, India’s Himachal Pradesh State chief minister at the main temple, the Himalayan town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.Other guests who attended the occasion are ...

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Gordon Brown issues challenge over Sunday Times recordings

Gordon Brown has stepped up his campaign against Rupert Murdoch’s News International media group, sending tape recordings to the Metropolitan Police earlier today which he says challenge the Sunday Times’s assurances that it broke no laws when investigating his personal financial affairs. In a letter to Sue Akers – the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner who is heading the investigation into ...

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Libya intervention: British forces played key role, says Cameron

Prime minister suggests further military actions may lie ahead as Arab League members ‘toughen stance’ against Syria Libyan rebels stand on a missile at a military base destroyed by a Nato airstrike this week. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters David Cameron has said “armchair generals” who criticised the government’s strategy in Libya had been proved wrong as he hailed Britain’s role in ...

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NASA urges space junk clean up

The amount of junk in space is rising exponentially, with continuous collisions between abandoned equipment, spent rockets and other debris creating ever growing clouds of dangerous fragments, an influential report warned on Thursday. The report, commissioned by NASA, says the quantity of hazardous material circling the Earth has reached a “tipping point” and poses a real and increasing danger to ...

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