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Sarkozy will make bid for second presidency

France’s president makes clear he will stand for re-election – but says he’s too busy to make candidacy official France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy outlined a hardline platform. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters He may not have named the date, but French president Nicolas Sarkozy has made clear it is no longer a question of if he will stand for re-election – if ...

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NATO’s "Secret War" on Syria: Replicating the Libya Model

In January, Michel Chossudovsky reported British media confirming UK/CIA/MI6 operatives in Syria training anti-Assad Western-backed insurgents. They’re also supplying them with arms, ammunition, and equipment. “These reports confirm unequivocally [they’re illegally] interfer[ing] in the affairs of a sovereign state. This is not a popular uprising. The insurrection as well as the killings of civilians were sponsored by the Western powers ...

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UN chief seeks to cool Falklands tensions

The secretary-general of the United Nations has called on Argentina and Britain to avoid an escalation of their Falkland Islands dispute, after meeting the South American nation’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman. Ban Ki-moon’s office said on Friday the UN would be happy to help mediate the dispute if asked. But the secretary-general “expressed concern about the increasingly strong exchanges” between ...

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Yemenis rally ahead of presidential vote

Thousands of Yemenis have rallied in the capital Sanaa to back a single-candidate presidential election planned for later this month, an AFP correspondent reported. The demonstrators gathered in Sanaa’s Change Square on Friday, chanting slogans in support of the election in which Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, the vice president, will be the sole candidate. The planned vote has sparked protests in ...

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits His Holiness the Dalai Lama In Dharamshala

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked the Chinese government to respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a joyful meeting between the Nobel Peace laureates on Friday, January 10, 2012. Addressing thousands of monks, nuns, families and schoolchildren who turned out in brilliant sunshine to see the Nobel Peace prize laureates at the ...

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Assad’s forces intensify shelling on Syria’s Homs

AMMAN (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad’s forces killed at least four civilians in an intensified tank and rocket bombardment on opposition districts in the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday to put down a popular revolt demanding his removal, activists said. “This is the most violent barrage since the attack on Homs started…

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‘Muammar Gaddafi’s son warns of uprising in Libya’

Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi warned on Friday of an imminent uprising in Libya, saying he was in regular contact with people in the country who were unhappy with the authorities put in place after the ousting and killing of his father. Speaking to Al-Arabiya television by phone – the first time he has spoken publicly in months – Saadi said ...

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