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File - President Barack Obama walks to a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
photo: White House / Pete Souza
US steps up sanctions as Iran floats nuclear talks
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Washington: US President Barack Obama signed new sanctions against Iran into law on Saturday, shortly after Iran signalled it was ready for fresh talks with the West on its nuclear programme and said it had delayed long-range missile tests in the Gulf. Tensions between Iran and the West have grown since EU leaders said they wanted to set tougher...
Soldiers carry a table displaying stacks of seized U.S. dollars, at a media presentation in Mexico City, Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011. The cache of $15.3 million found inside a car in a downtown Tijuanna neighborhood is believed by authorities to belong to members of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
photo: AP / Eduardo Verdugo
Mexico's drugs war: Lessons and challenges
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For the past five years, Mexico has been engaged in a bloody confrontation with drug gangs. Mexican political scientist Eduardo Guerrero Gutierrez looks at how the struggle is going and the...
Syrian soldiers chant slogans during a pro-regime rally in Damascus, Syria, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.
photo: AP / Muzaffar Salman
Arab League observer 'concern' at Syria snipers
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Arab League observers have expressed concern about government snipers firing at Syrian protesters from rooftops, reports say. Violence in Syria has continued unabated despite the monitors' mission to assess the situation on the ground. Footage posted online appears to show one official saying measures would be taken if...
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood supporters hold a banner reading in Arabic ' No for beating civilians in Syria', during an anti-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad' in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 24, 2011. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered near the Syrian embassy in Cairo following the weekly Friday prayers chanting anti-Syrian regime slogans and protesting what they claimed ' The Syrian regime brutality against civilians'
photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb
Reading Arab-Islamic Awakenings and OWSM
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Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling In "Bowling Alone," Robert Putnam writes that television watching, especially dependence upon television for entertainment and news, are closely correlated with civic disengagement. Furthermore, habituation to omnipresent television reveals less awareness and knowledge about news and events in the...
File - People make their way, at the Baharestan Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, as Sajjil, right, and Qadr-F, missiles are displayed, in an Iran's Revolutionary Guards hardware display in the "Sacred Defense Week" commemorating 31st anniversary of outset of Iran-Iraq war.
photo: AP / Vahid Salemi
Iran test fires long range missiles, amid nuclear tensions
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Iran test-fired long range missiles on Saturday during a naval exercise in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency said, following a threat by Iran to close shipping lanes if the West imposes...
A bullet-riddled windshield is seen during a government-organized media tour in the flashpoint city of Homs in central Syria, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.
photo: AP / Bassem Tellawi
Anti-government protesters rally in Syria
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December 30, 2011 -- Updated 1212 GMT (2012 HKT) 0 Cairo (CNN) -- Large-scale anti-government protests and more violence unfolded across Syria Friday, with opposition groups calling on demonstrators to camp out in public squares until President Bashar al-Assad's regime is ousted. The protests coincide with reports of increased violence against...
People walk past fallen sign boards and the trash caused by heavy winds in Pondicherry, India, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. India's weather office has warned residents along parts of the country's southeastern coast that Cyclone Thane is likely to cause heavy rains and gale-force winds.
photo: AP / Aijaz Rahi
11 killed as Cyclone Thane hits southeast India
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NEW DELHI - A cyclone brought heavy rains and gale-force winds to India's southeastern coast, killing at least 11 people, uprooting trees and damaging homes. The India Meteorological Department said Friday...
In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, presides over a national memorial service for his late father Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.
photo: AP
North Korea vows no softening despite new leader
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PYONGYANG, North Korea—North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader. North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission said that the country would never deal with...
In this Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 photo, people stand beside the trailer of a tractor carrying the bodies of people mistakenly killed by Turkey's air force, near the Turkish village of Ortasu in Sirnak, Turkey.
photo: AP
Kurdish rebels call for 'uprising' after air strike
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Kurdish separatists in Turkey on Friday called for an "uprising" after an air force raid killed 35 villagers near the Iraqi border in what the ruling party admitted could have been a blunder. "We urge the people of Kurdistan... to react after this massacre and seek a settling of accounts through uprisings," Bahoz Erdal from the armed wing of the...
Pro-Syrian regime protesters chant slogans while one holds a picture of President Bashar Assad in the flashpoint city of Homs in central Syria, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.
photo: AP / Bassem Tellawi
Arab League observers fail to deter crackdown on Syria protesters
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BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Syrian security forces opened fire on demonstrators in a Damascus suburb Thursday morning, activists said, killing several people and dashing hopes that Arab League observers might help stem the bloodshed. One activist in the Damascus suburb of Douma said protesters gathered early in the morning to greet what they thought was a...
It was a bad year for the villains of the world. Three of the biggest bad guys met their ends:...
For those who think that the United States wouldn't possibly instigate another war in the...
File - U.S. President Barack Obama visits Dec. 3, 2010, with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan that recently lost six members, Dec. 3, 2010.
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having "serious reservations" about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies...
photo: White House / Pete Souza
File - Somalia Transitional Government soldiers prepare to take positions near Mogadishu, Somalia stadium Sunday Aug, 7, 2011, after a brief fight with Al Shabaab fighters.
Mogadishu, Somalia -- Ethiopian troops poured into a strategic town in central Somalia on Saturday, seizing it from the al-Shabab militant group and opening a new axis of conflict in the country. The loss of Beledweyne, a trading hub near the...
photo: AP / Farah Abdi Warsameh
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi cuts the ribbon to open an art exhibition at her National League for Democracy party headquarters Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar.
Myanmar has set April 1 as the date for parliamentary by-elections, which will see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party return to mainstream politics for the first time in two decades. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has said...
photo: AP / Khin Maung Win
File - The moon taken from Jaipur, India in November 2006.
Its ambitions reflect those of the US more than 40 decades ago, and have similar goals. Just as the US space programme came at a time of major economic expansion, so China's drive comes as it grows in economic power and global influence. Details of...
photo: Creative Commons
File - Portia Simpson Miller Prime minister of Jamaica arrives to speaks to supporters after the defeat of the Peoples National Party in the general election,Monday, September 3,2007 in Kingston,Jamaica.
Jamaica's opposition capitalized on discontent over the economy to return to power Thursday, as voters gave the country's first female leader a second chance to govern the island. Supporters of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, 66,...
photo: AP / Collin Reid
Protesters from a communist-backed union chant slogans in an anti-austerity protest in central Athens, with several thousand people outside the Greek Parliament, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.
The vast majority of leading economists polled by the BBC believe recession will return to Europe next year. One fifth said the eurozone would not exist in its current 17-member form, while the majority put the possibility of a eurozone break-up at...
photo: AP / Petros Giannakouris
Residents walk outside of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.
Two international aid workers have been shot and killed in the Somali capital, a police and medical officials said. The workers were employees of the aid group Doctors Without Borders (known by its French acronym, MSF), and were shot by a disgruntled...
photo: AP / Mohamed Sheikh Nor
News by Region
Mikhail Prokhorov, ex-director of Norilsk Nickel, speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Thursday, May 31, 2007. A major shareholder and former general director of Norilsk Nickel asserted Thursday that soaring nickel prices have peaked, making the Russia giant's Euro4.67 billion (US$6.27 billion) takeover bid for Canada's LionOre "too risky." FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, of Argentina celebrates with teammates Sergio Busquest, left, and Pedro Rodriguez after scoring a penalty during a Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match at the Nou Camp, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Approximately 2,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah laid out on my floor. master chefs,sought out meat in preparation
File - President Barack Obama walks to a meeting during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.  NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne climbs out of his car following his qualifying run for the Saturday running of the Bank of America 500 auto race at the Lowe&acute;s Motor Speedway in Concord, NC., Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. (jd1) Employees working in the textile factory walnuts for the domestic and overseas market
In this video image taken from Egyptian State Television Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stand over him in a cage at the court building in Cairo Monday Aug. 15, 2011. Manchester's United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson smiles as he waits to answer questions at a press conference in Lens before his team's first knock out round Champion League soccer match against Lille in Lens Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa Pursue Steadily Stronger Economic and Political Ties - New Report In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 picture a caretaker looks after a baby girl in the Siaya hospital in Western Kenya. The girl was found abandoned in the street and suffering with malaria. A new vaccine being tested at the hospital is giving the medical community hope that for the first time it will soon be able to reduce by half the number of African children killed by the mosquito-borne disease every year.
File - Venezuelan Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, left, sits in a Paris courtroom in this Nov. 28 2000 photo, with his French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, right. Former Inter Milan coach Leonardo of Brazil File - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff leads the Social and Economic Development Committee at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday July 26, 2011. Venezuela to remove breast implants for free
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers her speech at the 2nd Australia China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and Prime Ministerial Dinner at a hotel in Beijing Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Australia and China signed a series of cooperation agreements on Tuesday at the start of a visit by Gillard intended to strengthen ties and smooth over recent spats with her country's top export market. Switzerland's Roger Federer leaves the court after being defeated by France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Federer verlor das Viertelfinale in fuenf Saetzen. (zu dapd-Text) +++ Der dapd Sportdienst ist ueber den dapd newsplaner nutzbar. Die kostenlose Freischaltung kann unter www.newsplaner.de beantragt werden +++  KLps1 - Sydney Opera House - Sydney - Australia - Travel - Tourism. (ps1) Henna tattoo -tattoo -art