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Syria’s Leader Assad Nods to Critics

By NOUR MALAS Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wavered between concession and defiance in his first public address in over two months, saying for the first time that some protesters had legitimate demands, but repeating his justification for a military crackdown. The Syrian president continued to blame recent unrest on what he said were armed groups seeking to destroy Syria, and ...

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Tunisia Convicts Former President

By DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS And DEBORAH BALL A Tunis criminal court on Monday convicted Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s deposed president, of embezzling state funds, and sentenced him to 35 years in prison, the first conviction of a North African ruler since the start of the Arab Spring revolution that has swept the Middle East. View Full Image Associated Press A ...

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IAEA considers nuclear saftey rules after Fukushima

The UN’s nuclear watchdog is about to start a meeting aimed at improving nuclear safety as a result of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold five days of talks involving officials from 150 countries on how to make nuclear power safer. But there are differences as to how much international action is ...

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Eurozone delays decision on vital Greek loans

Hours of talks between eurozone finance ministers on the imploding finances of Greece broke up today without the ministers signing off on a vital instalment of rescue loans needed to avoid bankruptcy next month. Greece will get the next €12 billion ($NZ21b) of its existing €110 billion bailout package in early July, but only if it manages to pass €28 ...

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Libya civilian deaths ‘sap NATO credibility’

NATO has endangered its credibility with a bomb that destroyed a house in the Libyan capital, killing several residents, Italy’s foreign minister has said. It was the first time the military alliance had acknowledged causing multiple civilian casualties in Libya and came as the alliance feels the strain of a campaign taking more time and resources than expected. “NATO is endangering ...

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NATO Admits Missile Hit a Civilian Home in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO acknowledged Sunday that an errant missile had destroyed a civilian home in the Libyan capital in the early morning, saying it may have killed civilians. It was the alliance’s first such admission in the three-month-long campaign of airstrikes against the military forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Reporters taken to the site and a nearby hospital saw ...

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Tunisia’s Ben Ali goes on trial in absentia

The legal team of the ousted Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who has gone on trial in Tunis, intends to request a postponement to prepare his defence, according to one of his lawyers. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 in the face of a popular uprising against his 23-year rule and is being tried in absentia by a ...

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Roma (Gypsies), Pontiffs and a Complex and Bitter History

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. With burning embers still smoldering from a fire that killed four Roma (Gypsy) children, children that were not only trapped in their wooden shack in a village in the Italian capital “illegal” but trapped by centuries of racism and oppression; it was an understatement, a weak attempt to absolve European and Church history, when ...

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