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Turkey warns of response after Syria border town bombs

Turkey has warned it will take any necessary measure to protect itself after two car bombs exploded in a town on its border with Syria. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to catch those behind the attack, adding: “Nothing will go unanswered.” At least 43 people died in Reyhanli which is home to many Syrian refugees. Turkey, a member of ...

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Deal with ex-rebels ends crisis at Libya’s Foreign Ministry

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Gunmen ended a nearly two-week siege of Libya’s Foreign Ministry in the capital after reaching a deal with the government, its Supreme Security Committee said late on Saturday. In the oil-rich east, meanwhile, hundreds of leaders agreed to join forces to defend their territory against similar armed attacks. A commander of an SSE group stationed at the ...

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Economic malpractice: time for a moral crusade against tax scams

Africa is on the crest of a global commodities boom. Mozambique and Tanzania are emerging as major exporters of natural gas; Guinea and Sierra Leone have iron ore; while in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, cobalt mining is booming. Strong demand will drive another decade of high prices for Africa’s natural resources. Foreign investment is on the rise. But ...

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Rock Hill Guard unit finishes in Afghanistan, readies for return

The 161 soldiers of Rock Hill’s Army National Guard 178th Combat Engineers who have spent the past nine months in Afghanistan have finished their mission and are soon heading home, Army officials confirmed. The unit has the dangerous job of clearing bombs from roads in Afghanistan, among other construction duties that included tearing down two bases as the war winds ...

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US seeks permanent occupation of Afghanistan: Taliban

May 10: The Taliban militant group has said that the United States seeks permanent occupation of Afghanistan following its announcement to keep nine military bases in the war-torn country. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said in an e-mailed statement that the group would not allow the US and its allies to have a permanent presence in Afghanistan, despite an announcement by ...

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Could Syria conflict become regional war?

This week the leader of Hezbollah – the Shia movement in southern Lebanon – made it clear that he saw weapons transfers from Syria as a “strategic response” to the Israeli air strikes that hit the outskirts of Damascus last Sunday. Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah would receive “unique weapons that it never had before” – a strong assertion that ...

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Pakistan hopes for ‘cleanest’ elections in history

Pakistan’s elections on 11 May will be the cleanest in the country’s history, officials say, following the implementation of new measures to avoid a repeat of widespread rigging in previous votes. They say that electoral rolls have been refreshed and a text messaging service has been initiated that provides voting information to individual voters on their mobile phones. In previous ...

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Ex-dictator convicted of genocide in Guatemala

SONIA PEREZ Associated Press= GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity on Friday, sentencing him to 80 years in prison, the first such sentence ever handed down against a former Latin American leader. It was the state’s first official acknowledgment that genocide occurred during the bloody, ...

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Hopes and fears ahead of Pakistan polls

LAHORE: All was quiet on the streets of Lahore on Friday as people geared up for the elections. The provincial government announced a holiday across Punjab around noon on Thursday, shutting down local businesses and giving people one extra day to get home to their villages to cast their vote in what appears to be the first historic elections since ...

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