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  • Iraq's Baby Steps Toward Democracy

    Focus - Analysis
    By Adil E. ShamooThe Obama administration may finally get some good news. Iraq’s recent elections for parliament might actually result in a non-sectarian, pro-American government. This outcome would enable the Obama administration to fulfill its goal of...
  • More Sanctions Against Iran Are Not the Answer

    Focus - Analysis
    by Ivan ElandBecause President Barack Obama’s attempt to entice Iran to give up its nuclear program has ended in unsurprising failure, he is now trying to ratchet up the pressure on the regime by leading the drive to increase international economic sanc...
  • Why Do Conservatives Still Love the Drug War?

    Focus - Politics
    by Jacob G. Hornberger An article by a conservative named Cliff Kincaid, who serves as editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report, provides a perfect example of how different libertarians are from conservatives and, well, for that matter, how there ain...
  • Farc frees second Colombian soldier

    News - Americas
    A Colombian soldier has been released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) rebel group after more than 12 years in captivity. ...
  • India firm gains Africa mobile deal

    News - Business
    Bharti Airtel, India's top telecommunications company, has reported a 2.7 per cent rise in its share price, after it confirmed a $10.7bn deal to buy Zain's African assets. ...
  • Afghan farmers die in suicide blast

    News - Central/S. Asia
    A bomb concealed on a bicycle has exploded in a crowded village market in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing at least 17 people and injuring 45 others including eight children. ...
  • Obama pushes speedy Iran sanctions

    News - Americas
    The US president has pressed for tougher UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme to be passed in a matter of weeks. ...
  • Reopening of Zardari case ordered

    News - Central/S. Asia
    Pakistan's main anti-corruption agency has asked Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption investigation against Asif Ali Zardari, the country'spresident. ...
  • Obama to unveil offshore oil plan

    News - Business
    In a reversal of a long-standing ban, Barack Obama, the US president, is set to announce a plan to permit exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia. ...
  • UN seeks funds to rebuild Haiti

    News - Americas
    The United Nations is hosting a donors' conference in New York to raise funds for rebuilding Haiti after January's devastating earthquake. ...
  • Serbia offers Srebrenica apology

    News - Europe
    Serbia's parliament has apologised for the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. ...
  • Iran 'frees' diplomat in Pakistan

    News - Central/S. Asia
    Iran says its agents have in a cross-border operation freed a diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan last November. ...
  • Body of missing UAE sheikh found

    News - Africa
    Moroccan rescuers have found the body of the brother of United Arab Emirates’ president, four days after his ultra-light aircraft crashed into a Moroccan lake. ...
  • Israeli troops kill Palestinian boy

    News - Middle East
    A 15-year-old Palestinian boy has been killed and several others injured near Gaza's border with Israel after Israeli troops opened fire at Israeli Arabs and Palestinians protesters marking the "Land day". ...
  • Iran nuclear expert 'defects to US'

    News - Americas
    An Iranian nuclear scientist who has been missing since June is believed to have defected to the US, ABC News has reported citing unnamed government sources. ...
  • Gaza war fuels UK arms review call

    News - Europe
    A committee of British members of parliament has called for a review of future arms sales after it emerged that components supplied by Britain to Israel were highly likely to have been used during the war on Gaza last year. ...
  • Kuwaiti woman to hang for tent fire

    News - Middle East
    A criminal court in Kuwait has ordered a woman to be hanged for the deaths of 57 women and children in a tent fire. ...
  • Semenya: 'I will race this year'

    News - Sports
    Women's world 800m champion Caster Semenya plans to compete this season even though athletics' governing body has not finished an investigation into her gender. ...
  • Deaths in North Caucasus blasts

    News - Europe
    At least 12 people have been killed and another 18 injured in two bomb blasts in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, two days after a deadly attack on Moscow's transport network. ...
  • Arrests in China over dead babies

    News - Asia-Pacific
    Authorities have arrested two mortuary workers of a hospital in eastern China believed to be involved in the dumping of bodies of 21 dead babies, according to Chinese state media. ...

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