African leaders hold first post-Gadaffi summit

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Addis Ababa – African Union leaders meet on Sunday, January 29, 2012 for their first summit since the death of the bloc’s founder Muammar Gadaffi, with intense lobbying for its new top officials overshadowing the run-up to the talks. The leaders will choose the next head of the AU Commission, […]

UN nuclear inspectors arrive in Iran

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Iranian students protest at Imam Khomini Airport in Tehran during the arrival of the team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA A UN nuclear team arrived in Tehran early on Sunday for a mission expected to focus on Iran’s alleged attempt to develop nuclear weapons. The […]

When Tibetan Despair Leads to Self-Immolation

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FacebookTwitterLinkedinShareShareCloseRedditTumblrDigg E-mailPrint HONG KONG — Why do they do it, these Buddhist monks and nuns and other young Tibetans? Why would they drink a cup of kerosene, then douse themselves and strike a match? What is behind these horrifying self-immolations, especially since Buddhism forbids suicide and the Dalai Lama himself […]

Arab League suspends monitoring mission in Syria

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Reporting from Beirut— The Arab League said Saturday that it was suspending its observer mission in Syria amid escalating violence that has left scores dead in recent days. The decision is the latest sign that the 10-month-old crisis in Syria is worsening as diplomats at the United Nations prepare to […]

Herman Cain endorses Gingrich’s presidential bid

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Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain threw his support behind Newt Gingrich, providing the former House speaker with a late boost just days before Florida’s primary. Cain, a Tea Party favourite, endorsed his fellow Georgian at a Republican fundraiser Saturday night, calling him “a patriot.” “Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of […]

Police use tear gas on Occupy Oakland protesters

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Police said they used tear gas after protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects Members of the Oakland Police department form a line during a confrontation with Occupy Oakland demonstrators near the Oakland Museum of California Photograph: Stephen Lam/REUTERS Police have used tear gas and “flash” […]