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US to give Syria opposition military assistance

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT — The United States has concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons against rebel fighters and Washington will supply direct military assistance to the opposition, the White House said on Thursday. The new assessment and decision came as Assad’s surging forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies turned their guns on the north, fighting near the northern ...

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Iran votes for new president: Our enemies win if turnout is low, Supreme Leader warns Iranians

Iranians go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a divisive leader who has pushed the country into isolation over its nuclear ambitions and to near economic ruin. Whether Iran’s new leader – voters have the choice between ...

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Obama Authorizes Sending Weapons To Syrian Rebels

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons against opposition forces trying to overthrow him. Obama has repeatedly said the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” ...

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Russia Is On The Verge Of Making It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

Police detained more than a dozen activists in Moscow preceding the passage of an anti-gay bill. See Also Yesterday, the lower Russian parliament approved a bill that would make “propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation” illegal, The Associated Press and other news outlets reported. The legislation — which the upper parliament must approve — would impose hefty fines for disseminating any ...

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Banana Cocaine Stash Surprises Supermarket Workers In Denmark

Opening some banana boxes from Colombia last week, staff at a supermarket in Aarhus, Denmark, got quite a surprise when they discovered a hefty drug stash hidden with the fruit. About 220 pounds of what is believed to be cocaine was discovered by employees of the supermarket chain Coop after they noticed an extra heaviness in some of the banana ...

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U.N. Leader Urgently Seeks More Golan Peacekeepers

The United Nations secretary general said Wednesday that he was urgently seeking hundreds of new troops for the peacekeeping force in the disputed Golan Heights, where clashes from Syria’s civil war, cease-fire violations by both Israel and Syria, and an abrupt withdrawal of the force’s Austrian contingent are threatening four decades of relative calm. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow ...

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Main Tuareg Rebel Group Says Ready to Sign Accord

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The Tuareg rebel group occupying a part of northern Mali says it is ready to accept a proposed agreement with the government, a positive sign that could remove the main obstacle to the planned presidential election this summer. Moussa Ag Attaher, a spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA, said ...

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Pervez Musharraf arrested; remanded to judicial custody for fortnight

Islamabad: Former President Pervez Musharraf was today formally arrested and remanded to judicial custody for a fortnight over the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti. Musharraf, 69, was arrested by a team from the Crime Branch of Balochistan Police. The team was sent from Quetta to Islamabad…

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Colorado Wildfires Burn ‘Out Of Control’

Up to 100 homes are thought to have been destroyed by wildfires burning out of control in Colorado, with officials fearing people who stayed behind may have died. Authorities initially estimated that between 40 and 60 houses were destroyed in Black Forest, a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said late on ...

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William Hague seeks global action on Syria following talks with John Kerry

William Hague has warned that the international community must be “prepared to do more” to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US secretary of state John Kerry. The Foreign Secretary said the two nations remained committed to securing a diplomatic solution but suggested they must be ready to increase pressure on Bashar Assad’s regime. Earlier, Prime Minister ...

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