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Burmese protest leader monk Shin Gambira freed

Burmese monk Shin Gambira, one of the leaders of anti-government protests in 2007, has been released after briefly being detained by the authorities. Gambira had been taken from a monastery in Rangoon early on Friday morning, his brother told the BBC. Officials had said he…

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Belgium Urged To Keep Human Rights Central In Foreign Policy

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – On the 2nd February 2012, the new Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo held a press conference at the end of the diplomatic contact days, an annual meeting with all the Belgian ambassadors and ministers. The head of the Belgian government stated: “The fundamental principle of human rights is the key ...

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Syria: bombs hit Aleppo as tanks pound Homs – live updates

• State media reports many casualties in Aleppo bomb attacks • Residents trapped in Homs as the week-long siege goes on • Obama condemns ‘outrageous bloodshed’ Syrian rebels are seen in Idlib, Syria. Syrian forces fired mortars and rockets that killed scores of people Thursday in the rebellious city of Homs, activists said, the latest strike in a weeklong assault ...

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UN delegation arrives amid Maldives unrest

A delegation from the UN has arrived in the Maldives seeking assurances on the “security” of former president Mohamed Nasheed, who resigned on Tuesday amid what he called “nothing short of a coup”. A Maldives police spokesman, and Nasheed’s political party, said an arrest warrant had been issued for his arrest, but on Thursday night Nasheed remained in his home ...

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Russian Press at a Glance, Friday, February 10, 2012

POLITICS Supporters of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin plan to hold a march February 23 and expect that 200,000 people will come. Meanwhile, opposition protesters announced plans to gather on the Garden Ring Road in central Moscow on February 26, planning to join hands to form an unbroken circle around the city center. Organizers estimate that this will require at least ...

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Mexican police seize record drug haul

” />” /> Police in Mexico have seized a record 15 tonnes of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. According to the UN, the record haul is twice the total amount of methamphetamine seized in Mexico in 2009. The record seizures indicate the growing market for the deadly synthetic drug. Mexican cartels already control the supply of marijuana, ...

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Two Sudans Edge Closer to Brink in Oil Dispute

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan and the breakaway nation of South Sudan are locked in an exceedingly dangerous game of brinkmanship over billions of gallons of oil, seizing tankers, shutting down wells and imperiling the tenuous, American-backed peace that has held — just barely — between the two countries after decades of war. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for ...

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