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African Union meets to map road to peace in Libya

Waiting game on Libyan front Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — The African Union will attempt Sunday to map a road to peace in Libya, despite a previous failed effort to end hostilities between Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and rebels seeking to oust the Libyan leader. The meeting follows claims a day earlier by the Libyan government that NATO warplanes bombed a bakery ...

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Garcia promises peaceful transition amid deadly Peru unrest

LIMA (AFP) – Peru's President Alan Garcia on Saturday promised a peaceful transition for incoming president Ollanta Humala, amid anti-mining violence the day before that left five people dead and 30 injured. "There are important goals, the first of which is to ensure a peaceful transition and smooth start for the (Humala) government," Garcia said in a statement to the ...

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China frees dissident Hu Jia

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, Has been released after serving three and half-years in jail. “He is back home with his parents and me,” his wife, Zeng Jingyan, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Hu Jia was arrested in December 2007 after a long period of confinement at his home. He was sentenced in April in 2008 ...

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What has the war in Afghanistan really achieved?

At least 60 people died in a suicide bombing just 25 miles from Kabul yesterday. In a few days’ time, a report on Afghanistan from the International Crisis Group will say that violence and the billions of dollars in international aid have brought wealthy officials and insurgents together. As a result, “the economy is increasingly dominated by a criminal oligarchy ...

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Rwanda genocide: Verdict due for former female minister

Judges at the UN-backed court for Rwanda is to hand down a verdict for the only woman to be charged with genocide before an international court. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 65, was a government minister in 1994 in Rwanda when 800,000 people – mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group – were killed. Along with four former local officials and her own son,…

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European leaders agree new rescue for Greece

BRUSSELS (AFP) – European leaders dug out a fresh rescue for debt-ridden Greece to avoid global financial chaos, but on condition Athens rallies parliamentary support for new austerity measures. As negotiators for the EU and the IMF struck agreement with the Greek government on spending cuts and tax rises worth 28 billion euros and plans to bring in tens of ...

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UN: Sharp drops in opium, coca production in 2010

VIENNA – World opium production decreased sharply last year due to a blight in Afghanistan but is expected to rebound, and coca growing and cocaine production also fell, the United Nations reported Thursday. Still, the United States remained the biggest market for cocaine in the world, and European cocaine demand was rapidly catching up, the Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs ...

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World War One to Afghanistan: Spinning Battles and Withdraws

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Julius Cavendish, from Kabul, has just reported in “The Independent” how the battle of Nuristan was anything but an area that U.S.-NATO forces withdrew from, and in doing this, Afghani insurgents easily overrun the province and raised their flag of the Islamist movement. Recall several months when Nuristan fell to U.S.-NATO troops, it was ...

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Gadhafi, Libya rebels hold indirect negotiations

BEIRUT — Indirect talks on the future of Libya have been taking place between representatives of Moammar Gadhafi’s government and rebels based in the eastern city of Benghazi, an opposition spokesman said Wednesday. Mahmoud Shammam of the Transitional National Council said the private mediation efforts, which have yet to bear fruit, have been held in South Africa and France through ...

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