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    Iraq: Why the U.S. Must Protect Iranians in Camp Ashraf

    In the early hours of Friday, April 8, while Washington and the media focused on a possible government shutdown, the Iraqi army assaulted a camp of Iranian civilians, called Camp Ashraf, murdering at least 28 residents and wounding hundreds more. Though the Iraqi government has claimed that only three people were killed and describes the events as an attempt to reclaim farmland, a U.N. inspection team found...

    Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan policemen

    KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says six policemen have been killed in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan. Ghazni province Police Chief Gen. Zirawer Zahid says the Afghan policemen were on patrol on Monday morning in Jaghatu district when their vehicle struck a bomb planted in the road. He says all six policemen inside the vehicle were killed in the explosion, which occurred about 6 miles...

    Sudan’s Abyei region awash with arms and anger

    ABYEI, Sudan (AFP) – As Sudan’s leaders struggle to reach a deal on its bitterly contested status ahead of southern independence in July, armed young men roam the streets of Abyei, the flashpoint border town where resentment towards Khartoum runs high. Fresh in the minds of the local population are the attacks by Arab militia, in late February and early March, in which scores of people were killed and...

    UN, Libya reach deal on providing humanitarian aid

    TRIPOLI, Libya – The United Nations has reached an agreement with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s government on providing humanitarian aid to the country, the U.N. secretary general said Monday. Ban Ki-moon said the U.N. would set up a humanitarian presence in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. However, Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said late Sunday the agreement also included setting up a humanitarian...

    Yemen’s Saleh urges talks in Saudi, clashes kill 3

    SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s president urged the opposition to join talks in Saudi Arabia to try to end weeks of turmoil and violence in which at least three more people were killed on Tuesday. Faced with mass demonstrations demanding an end to his 32-year rule, President Ali Abdullah Saleh is clinging to power in the poorest country in the Middle East, from which al Qaeda has planned attacks on the United...

    Berlusconi under pressure as sex trial looms

    MILAN (AFP) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s trial on charges of sex with an underage nightclub dancer and abuse of power opens in Milan on Wednesday after a dramatic build-up that has dented his popularity. The billionaire tycoon is no stranger to the dock after years of investigations and trials linked to his business interests but this will be the first time that his tumultuous personal...

    Goldstone won’t seek Gaza report nullification

    WASHINGTON – South African jurist Richard Goldstone said Tuesday that he did not plan to seek nullification of his highly critical U.N. report on Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive in the Gaza Strip and asserted that claims to the contrary by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai were false. The 2009 Goldstone report initially concluded that both Israel and Hamas had committed potential war crimes and possible...

    Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission, saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came Tuesday as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces in almost a week, after they were sent fleeing from the edge of the oil town of Brega in a major assault. Rebel...

    Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission, saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came Tuesday as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces in almost a week, after they were sent fleeing from the edge of the oil town of Brega in a major assault. Rebel...

    In bunker, Ivory’s Coast’s Gbagbo plays final hand

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Surrounded by troops backing Ivory Coast’s democratically elected leader, strongman Laurent Gbagbo huddled Tuesday with his family in a bunker and played his final hand, trying to wrest last-ditch concessions as he negotiated the terms of his surrender. Down the hill from his luxurious compound, dozens of Gbagbo’s soldiers were seen entering a church where they stripped off...

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