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False nuclear fears cloud judgment on Iran

Alarmism about nuclear proliferation is fairly common coin in the foreign policy establishment. And of late it has been boosted by the seeming efforts of Iran or its friends to answer covert assassinations, apparently by Israel, with attacks and attempted attacks of their own in India, Georgia and Thailand. A non-hysterical approach to the Iran nuclear issue is entirely possible. ...

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Gaza rally for Palestinian hunger striker in Israeli jail

AFP – Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza City held a rally on Friday in solidarity with an Islamic Jihad member, detained without trial by Israel, on the 62th day of a hunger strike. “We stand by the heroic symbol of prisoners, brother Khader Adnan, in his unlimited hunger strike,” head of the Hamas government in Gaza Ismail Haniya, just back ...

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New pro-Putin rallies as Russia campaign heats up

A traffic light in Moscow is covered with a transparent image of Russian Pr… Thousands of supporters of Vladimir Putin attended rallies across Russia on Saturday to back his bid for the presidency, trying to outdo mass nationwide protests staged by his opponents. Over 20,000 people attended rallies in the Russian Far East and…

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Mali: UN warning over refugees fleeing Tuareg rebellion

The UN says the number of Malian refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries to escape fighting between Tuareg rebels and the military has doubled over the past 10 days. More than 44,000 thousand people have crossed into Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso. Amnesty International described the fighting as the worst human rights crisis in northern Mali for 20 years. The regional ...

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Mexico drug wars: Murders down in Ciudad Juarez

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said murders in the country’s most violent city, Ciudad Juarez, almost halved since hitting a record in 2010, when more than 3,000 people died. Mr Calderon said job creation had been key to the fall in violence. Most of the murders were the result of a turf war between rival drug gangs….

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Nigerian "underwear" bomber gets life in prison in U.S.

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Nigerian man to life in prison for trying to blow up a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. “This was an act of terrorism that cannot be quibbled with,” said U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who imposed the maximum ...

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Murdoch flies in to confront growing crisis at Wapping HQ

The media mogul is expected to address staff at the News International headquarters in Wapping today amid rising anger among them that they are being thrown to the wolves to protect senior executives. Several experienced members of staff, or former employees, have been arrested as part of police inquiries into allegations that police and other officials were paid to pass ...

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Libya marks anniversary of revolt which ousted Gaddafi

Libyans are marking the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi after his rule of more than 40 years. Celebrations are planned in towns…

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‘China detaining Tibetans returning from India’

Beijing: The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said it believed it was the first time since the late 1970s authorities had detained Tibetan laypeople in such large ...

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