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Protests turn violent in Egypt ahead of vote on constitution
- Protesters threw rocks at police, who tear-gassed the protesters in Alexandria, Egypt
- Clashes come day before second round of voting on controversial constitution
- The protesters included those for and against President Mohamed Morsy
- NEW: Secretary Clinton praises the choice and says Kerry “has proven his mettle”
- The Massachusetts senator has Republican support
- Obama has given Kerry important diplomatic assignments
- Kerry has ‘played a central role’ in foreign policy for nearly three decades, Obama said
U.S. condemns ‘provocative’ Israel settlement building
The Obama administration called Israel’s settlement-building programme “provocative” and a threat to peace in one of its harshest condemnations yet of Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy.
A construction site in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Sholmo
Pyongyang Displays Kim Jong Il’s Body, His Yacht And Train Carriage On First Death Anniversary.. Rocket Scientists Invited To Join Mourning Rituals.. Party Top Eulogizes Kim, Praises Son.. Missile Named After Deceased Leader
North Korea Successfully Launches Long-Range Missile.. Rocket Boosts Kim Jong Un’s Credentials.. Move Likely To Bring New Sanctions.. White House: ‘Highly Provocative Act’.. Celebrations In Streets Of Pyongyang.. WHY NOW?
Nelson Mandela ‘has stopped talking’
South African leaders issued assurances about the health of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday night after the 94 year-old was airlifted to hospital having reportedly stopped speaking amid a “troubling” deterioration in his condition.
U.S. And Russia Set For Surprise Meeting On Syria.. Chemical Weapons Threat Forces Negotiations With UN Mediator.. U.S. Insists Tide Turning On Assad.. Regime Allegedly Has Deadly Weapons Ready For Action
Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party Reclaims Presidency After 12 Years Out Of Power
By MARK STEVENSON 11/30/12 09:32 AM ET EST
Clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi erupted across Egypt on Friday following the president’s decree to expand his power in a nation increasingly polarized by its troubled transition to democracy after last year’s revolution.
Offices of the Brotherhood Freedom and Justice political party were set ablaze in Alexandria and reportedly in other cities. Pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators clashed in Cairo and in towns across southern Egypt.
The unrest highlighted the anger that arose after Morsi’s decision on Thursday to free himself from judicial oversight. With no new constitution or parliament, the president holds wide executive and legislative powers.
“Morsi is ignorant, he will burn down the country,” protesters chanted in Cairo.
Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing youths near Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of protesters, led by Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and other opposition leaders, gathered.
Miles away in north…
Egyptian President Morsi Makes Huge Power Grab.. Thousands Of Supporters Gather Near Palace.. Newspaper: ‘Morsi A Temporary Dictator’.. U.N. Expresses Concerns Over Human Rights.. Supporters, Opponents Clash In Cairo..
‘There Was A Disease But This Is Not The Remedy’
Gazans Pick Up Pieces After Cease-fire With Israel.. 161 Palestinians Killed In 8-Day Offensive.. Negotiations Could Open Blockade.. Mixed Feelings In Israel.. The HUGE Price Tag Of Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’..
Target Unknown… Stray Syrian Shells Had Hit Israel… Obama: Israel Has ‘Right To Defend Itself’… 5th Straight Day Of Israeli Stikes On Gaza… 11 Palestinians Killed In Deadliest Civilian Attack… Journalists Wounded…
Southeast Asian leaders have begun annual talks in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh that will focus on bruising territorial rows, a controversial declaration on human rights and deadly ethnic unrest in Myanmar.
Rockets Fired By Militants Hit Tel Aviv… More Than 200 Launched… 3 Dead In South… Heaviest Fighting In 4 Years… Netanyahu: Army Prepared For ‘Significant Widening’ Of Conflict… 16 Dead, Over 100 Injured In Gaza… BBC Journalist’s Infant Son Dies In Attack… Israel Launches New Air Raids…
Israel And Gaza Order Citizens Indoors Amid Rockets, Air Raids.. ‘No One Knows When This Will End’.. Egypt Asks U.S. To Stop Israel.. Obama Talks With Netanyahu And Morsi.. UN Security Council Calls Emergency Session
Nations Around The World Honor Soldiers Lost In Battle.. Obama To Visit Tomb Of Unknowns, Deliver Veterans Day Speech.. Queen Elizabeth Leads Remembrance Day Tributes.. Irish PM Lays Wreaths In Historic Gesture.. Hollande Pays Armistice Day Homage In Paris
Obama’s Victory In Moscow: Time For Another Reset?
Barack Obama’s re-election has allowed many people in Moscow to sigh with relief: The Cold War really is over. And that is the most important take-away from the Russian capital after the 2012 presidential election in the United States.
The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, had surprised everyone during the campaign by citing Russia as America’s No.1 geopolitical opponent. So his defeat means the Kremlin can stop worrying about such caveman-like announcements. Indeed, Russia can be assured that Romney, who is 65 years old, will not be running in the next U.S. elections.
Does Obama’s re-election mean that Moscow and Washington have a second chance at a reset? The answer is obvious: yes, of course. However, the fact that history is giving these two former foes a second chance does not necessarily mean that the opportunity won’t be wasted.
In the wake of the U.S. election, there is a wave a new expectations that every new term ushers in. It is a good time for the governments in both countries to work past their previous mistakes. Both administrations should figure out the reason why towards the end of the presidential elections in the United States the ‘reset’ with Russia morphed from a promising foreign relations project into the subject of increasing criticism and open derision from hawks in both Moscow and Washington.
It’s not possible to build something with your right hand and destroy it with your left. Moscow cannot declare its commitment to a strategic partnership with the United States while at the same time fanning the flames of anti-Americanism, which has returned recently in the Russian media and to the lips of Russian officials after a brief historical respite.
That should be the lesson for Moscow from Obama’s first term. It is not possible to build a serious partnership with someone whom you don’t trust or whom you are constantly flipping off behind his back.
IT’S HERE… THE POLLS: Obama Favored… Nate Silver: 92% Chance Of Victory… Romney: I Feel ‘Very, Very Good’
At Least 18 Civilians Dead.. Residents Scamper Over Rubble, Use Hands To Dig Up Mangled Bodies.. 500 People Killed In Past 4 Days
OBAMA, ROMNEY FACE OFF IN FINAL SHOWDOWN
President Sinks Mitt’s Battleship.. Romney’s Red Lines.. Apology Tour?
Bush Dragged Into Crossfire.. Schieffer Slips Up.. Big ‘Whopper’ Called Out
ELECTION MAPS.. LATEST POLLS.. MORE UPDATES
Obama Hits Romney For Switching Foreign Policy Positions.. Candidates Leave Key Topics Untouched.. Romney: ‘U.S. Can’t Kill Its Way Out Of Extremist Threats’.. Obama: ‘U.S. Will Stand With Israel’.. WATCH: Romney Completely Avoids Libya.. Obama: ‘We Also Have Fewer Horses And Bayonets’
The Obama-supporting super PAC Priorities USA Action is going back to Bain in a campaign-closing television ad campaign that attacks GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for his time in private equity. The group, which just reported raising $15.2 million in September, is re-releasing its most effective ad from the summer in key swing states. The spot features an employee at a Bain-controlled company discussing how he had to build a stage for a company announcement, only to find out that the announcement was that workers had been fired
War-scarred Baghdad places little faith in U.S. election
- U.S. troops withdrew last year, but the violence continues in Baghdad
- Republican party still seen as the party of George W. Bush by many in Baghdad
- Many who follow the election see little difference between Democrats, Republicans
- Crisis Group calls EU “one of greatest conflict resolution mechanisms ever devised”
- Italian protester has a complaint: Europe’s economy “works in favor of the banks”
- The Nobel Committee has “no ambitions” to save the euro, committee chairman says
- We must work hard for “peace, for democracy, for freedom,” German chancellor says
Turkey returned fire after Syrian mortar bombs landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus that Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked.
It was the fourth day of Turkish retaliation for firing by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday.
The exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria’s conflict, which began as a democracy uprising but has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones. They highlight how the crisis could destabilize the region.
NATO-member Turkey was once an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but turned against him after his violent response to an uprising in which more than 30,000 people have died, according to the United Nations.
Turkey has nearly 100,000 Syrian refugees in camps on its territory, has allowed rebel leaders sanctuary and has led calls for Assad to quit. Its armed forces are far larger than Syria’s.
Turkey and Syria Trade Cross-Border Attacks
The most recent shelling on 3 October 20l2, which caused the death of five Turkish citizens and injured many, constitutes a cause of greatest concern for, and is strongly condemned by, all Allies.
In the spirit of indivisibility of security and solidarity deriving from the Washington Treaty, the Alliance continues to stand by Turkey and demands the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an Ally, and urges the Syrian regime to put an end to flagrant violations of international law.
Riot police armed with batons and tear gas confronted money lenders and shopkeepers in Tehran today as worries about the failing rial have lead to anger and street protests.
The dramatic fall of the rial seems to be the first solid evidence that the strict oil sanctions placed on Iran because of their nuclear energy program are starting to have the desired effect. Their economy is on the verge of collapse and average citizens are beginning to lash out in anger at the government. Whether it’s a bump in the road, the prelude to another crackdown, or the start of a legitimate uprising is still unknown, but if the regime lets the economic situation continue to deteriorate, the risk of a major upheaval could become very real.
October 2, 2012
Syrian Dictator: City Must Be ‘Cleansed’.. 30,000 More Troops Ordered.. Russia Warns NATO To Back Off
Obama Challenges World Leaders To Root Out Extremism, Defends Free Speech At UN.. ‘True Democracy Is Hard Work’
A video, released by The Huffington Post and Mother Jones, showed Romney at a Florida fundraiser, saying that 47 percent of Americans are “victims” who are “dependent on government” and who he is not going to “worry about” in the campaign.
Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike
An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program.
Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.
Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.
A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.
PROTESTS SPREAD… Spokesman: Protesters Ejected From U.S. Embassy In Sudan… U.S. Marines Arrive In Yemen… Report: 2 Dead, 29 Injured In U.S. Embassy Protest In Tunisia… Protester Killed In Egypt… Report: 3 Killed In Sudan… Fire At German Embassy In Sudan… Libya Arrests 4 Over Embassy Attack… U.S. Drones Fly Over Benghazi…
U.S. Ambassador, 3 Embassy Staff Killed… Obama: ‘Strongly Condemns’ ‘Senseless Violence’… Official: Battle Raged For 4 Hours… Report: 2 Marines Among The Dead… Hillary Clinton: ‘We Are Heartbroken’… Libyan Leader Apologizes… Top Suspect Named… Report: U.S. To Fly Drones Over Libya… U.S. Officials: Pentagon Moving 2 Warships Toward Libyan Coast… U.S. Embassy In Cairo Swarmed By Protesters… LATEST UPDATES
‘Creative, Charming’ U.S. Ambassador Killed.. Attack May Have Been Planned.. Battle Raged For HOURS.. 3 Things To Know.. World Leaders React.. Anti-Islam Film A Mystery
9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Ecuador: UK Has Threatened To Raid Embassy To Capture Julian Assange
Reuters | Posted: 08/15/2012
DESPAIR GRIPS DAMASCUS
Prices Soar, Trash Piles Rot And People Lose Hope In Syria’s War-Torn Capital
North Korea announces that Kim Jong-un is married, prompting speculation that her may have already become a father.
State media confirmed that a woman seen accompanying Mr Kim in a series of recently publicised appearances is his wife. A Seoul-based news agency named his her as Ri Sol-ju. The pair were photographed yesterday at a ceremony marking the completion of an amusement park on Rungna islet in Pyongyang.
Although North Korean media did not disclose any further information about Miss Ri, reports from Japan said the pair married in 2009 and that she gave birth to a child in 2010.
Miss Ri was born in Seishin, North Korea, and is a graduate of the Kim Il Sung University graduate school, according to Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. She is described as 5ft 4 tall and 27 years of age.
Iraq attacks in Baghdad ‘kill 107’
The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem in Baghdad says some policemen were targeted in their homes
A wave of bomb attacks and shootings in Baghdad and north of the capital has killed at least 107 people, say security and medical officials.
Iraq deals with the aftermath of the attacks, questions arise about their timing and any link they might have to internal differences and regional developments.
But this kind of violence is not new to Iraq. It began just a few months after the US-led invasion and occupation of the country in 2003, and has never really stopped.
Since then, the country has been governed by an American civil administration, then by multiple Iraqi governments operating under US supervision.
Even after the US pulled out at the end of last year, the attacks continued, suggesting two constants – weakness on the part of Iraq’s security forces, and the perpetrators’ persistent ability to strike across the country.
16 Jul 2012
The International Committee of the Red Cross has said it now considers the Syrian conflict a civil war, as activists reported intense battles between rebels and government forces in the capital, Damascus. The Geneva-based group’s assessment could have implications for prosecutions for war crimes and means that international humanitarian law now applies….
Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s home affairs minister, beats incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon to end months of deadlock Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to lead the continent – and the first from southern Africa – since the AU’s predecessor was founded in 1963.
Assad Defends Shooting Down Turkish Jet.. ‘We Are In A State Of War’.. Horrific Syrian Torture Centers Revealed.. Victims Suffer Beatings, Staples In Ears And Stun Guns In Genitals
Taliban Militants Attack Exclusive, Lakeside Hotel Near Kabul.. Assault Ends After 12-Hour Gunbattle.. At Least 20 People Killed
U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say
Tens Of Thousands Protest Against Egypt’s Military Rulers.. Islamists And Revolutionaries Fill Tahrir Square..
To Protect Russian Naval Base… Reflects Moscow’s ‘Growing Concern’ About Assad’s Future… Could Contain Hundreds Of Marines, Dozens Of Tanks
U.S. Says Russia Supplying Syria With Attack Helicopters..
Clinton: Choppers ‘Will Escalate Conflict Quite Dramatically’
BLOODBATH ACROSS AFGHANISTAN.. Airstrike Hits Wedding Party.. Helicopter Crash Kills 2 Pilots.. Suicide Bombers Blow Up Busy Market
Beijing says China, Russia ! united on Syria !
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk after reviewing an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Getty Images)
Beijing says China and Russia oppose foreign intervention and forced regime change in Syria, as Russian President Vladimir Putin began a trip aimed at bolstering ties between the two neighbors.
TRIPOLI – Clashes broke out between rival Libyan militias at Tripoli’s international airport on Monday after gunmen drove armed pickup trucks onto the tarmac and surrounded planes, forcing the airport to cancel flights
To crown the festivities
Baghdad Suicide Bombing
Firefighters and rescuers search for victims at the site of a bomb attack in the central Bab al-Muadham area in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 4, 2012. A suicide bomber detonated explosives in a car outside Iraq’s main religious affairs office for Shiite Muslims tearing down part of the three-story building and killed and wounded scores of people, police said.
Egyptian Dictator Sentenced For Deaths Of Protesters, Acquitted Of Corruption Charges.. Mixed Verdict Sparks Wave Of Anger
Promise of Arab Spring eluding Egypt
- Shadi Hamid: Elections have left Egypt more polarized than ever
- In June run-off, Ahmed Shafiq of Mubarak regime faces Muslim Brotherhood candidate
- Hamid: Should Shafiq have role in new Egypt? Can Brotherhood share power with runners up?
- Hamid: Brotherhood must reconcile with opposition before runoff or risk losing to Shafiq
US special forces ‘parachuted into North Korea’
US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, according to a senior US officer.