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Yemen blames Iran after weapons haul

Yemen’s president has called on Iran to stop backing armed groups in his country after coastguards seized a ship carrying missiles and rockets. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s message came amid speculation the weapons originated in the Iran. Tehran has denied any connection to the weapons; Yemen has asked the…

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Dozens missing as Bangladesh ferry capsizes

February 8, 2013 — Updated 1015 GMT (1815 HKT) Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) — Dozens of people are missing after a ferry capsized on the river Meghna near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, following a collision with a ship carrying sand, police said Friday. The ferry, which had left Narayanganj Friday morning bound for Matlab, collided with the cargo ship about 22 ...

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Angry crowds rally in Tunisia for funeral of shot opposition leader

February 8, 2013 — Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT) Tunis, Tunisia (CNN) — Chanting loudly and waving flags, several thousand people gathered Friday for the funeral of Tunisian opposition leader Belaid Chokri, whose assassination has sparked political uncertainty and violent protests. The crowds followed his flag-draped casket through the streets of the capital, Tunis, keen to show their anger at ...

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The dangerous rebranding of John Brennan

The timing couldn’t have been coincidental. Just as a previously to Congress from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Council was released by NBC News and picked up by every major media outlet, the process of rebranding President Obama’s pick to head the CIA, John Brennan, from enabler of torture and mastermind of the drone assassination, to a ...

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Protesters head to Tahrir Square ahead of rallies

Demonstrators made their way to Cairo’s Tahrir Square after opposition groups called for ‘Friday of dignity’ rallies to protest religious edicts sanctioning the death of opposition figures. Protests against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi have also been organised after the weekly Friday…

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Zambia bus crash kills 53

I can confirm that 53 people have died in the accident The bus carrying 73 passengers hurtled into an oncoming truck, leaving bloodied bodies and wreckage on a main road north of Lusaka. “I can confirm that 53 people have died in the accident,” Harry Kalaba, an official in the vice…

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Panetta backs Syria rebels arms plan

The US defence secretary has acknowledged for the first time that he supports arming Syrian rebels. In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The plan was proposed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus, then director of the CIA, but reportedly ...

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Afghan poll cash goes to waste

By Inge Fryklund All Afghan elections to date have been bankrolled – and largely organized – by international donors. In advance of 2014, Afghans and donors alike need to decide what to do to stage a credible presidential election and what can realistically be done given the timetable and costs. Current Afghan law requires voters to present a registration card. ...

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Chinese crack down on protest action in Tibet

CLIFFORD COONAN, in Beijing Chinese authorities have detained 70 people as part of a widening crackdown on a wave of self-immolations in Tibetan areas, and launched a high-profile propaganda campaign to discourage the protests. Since February 2009, nearly 100 Tibetans, many of them young monks or nuns in the Tibetan areas of western China, have self-immolated, with most dying from ...

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