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  • UN humanitarian agencies ask deadlocked Security Council to OK cross-border relief operations

    April 18, 2013 3:36 PM 125

    The agency chiefs launched their campaign Monday with an op-ed in The New York Times that said: “There still seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria.” Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said the U.N. agency is currently hampered

  • Italy's parliament fails to elect president in first vote

    April 18, 2013 12:04 PM 109

    ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament failed to elect a president in its first vote on Thursday, with internal party divisions undermining the center-left's official candidate, former trade unionist and ex-Senate speaker Franco Marini. With the count still continuing it was already clear that Marini could not reach the required 672 votes for a two-thirds

  • Al-Qaida Cell Arrested in United Arab Emirate

    April 18, 2013 9:27 AM 154

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  • U.S. takes step toward possible military intervention in Syria

    April 18, 2013 4:19 AM 128

    The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan to help deliver aid to refugees and to plan for possible military action, including a rapid buildup of forces. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan, the vanguard of a potential U.S. military force of 20,000 or more that could be deployed if the Obama administration decides

  • In shift, Harry Reid now backs assault weapons ban

    April 17, 2013 2:27 PM 153

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Wednesday he will vote legislation that would ban many types of assault-style weapons and limit the size of ammunition clips. It’s a substantial shift for Reid, a gun owner who hails from a solidly pro-gun state and who has faced many tough re-election battles. A Harry Reid website still touts the support

  • Turkish deputy PM: West does not sufficiently support for Syrian opposition

    April 17, 2013 11:43 AM 124

    The West does not sufficiently support for the Syrian opposition, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was quoted today by Anadolu agency. Arinc added that the lack of support for the Syrian opposition by the West strengthens the influence of the radical groups in Syria. "The western countries do not support the Syrian opposition, as opposed to the Libyan

  • China sees the best and worst of America in Boston bombing

    April 17, 2013 11:40 AM 135

    Posted by Max Fisher on April 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm China’s many Web users tend to watch U.S. events closely, so it was no surprise to see the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon become the top trending topic on Weibo, China’s massive social media service. Some of this conversation turned around often-debated questions of the relative merits of the Chinese

  • Suu Kyi says resolving Myanmar communal violence depends on security, rule of law

    April 17, 2013 10:33 AM 147

    TOKYO – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the communal violence threatening her country's fledgling reforms must be stopped by ensuring the "rule of law" so that clashing groups feel secure enough for dialogue. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on a visit to Japan, told reporters Wednesday that she objects to violence "committed by anybody

  • Outgoing Palestinian PM urges national elections to heal rift with Gaza

    April 17, 2013 9:23 AM 141

    RAMALLAH, West Bank – The outgoing Palestinian prime minister is urging for new elections and says it's the only way to heal a bitter rift between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a farewell speech broadcast on the local radio on Wednesday, Salam Fayyad says elections would reunite the Palestinians. The Hamas militant group controls the Gaza Strip, while

  • Turkish deputy PM optimistic about Israel talks, ties

    April 17, 2013 7:08 AM 166

    Bulent Arınc says his country wants full normalization of diplomatic relations now that Israel has given in to its demands Turkey’s deputy prime minister rejected the notion that his country is back-pedaling over full normalization of ties with Israel and said he expected negotiations over a compensation package for families of Turkish civilians killed