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Kim Jong Un Sends Out Surprising New Year’s Message







HAPPY 2013?

Syrians Wake On New Year’s Day To Countrywide Aerial Bombardment






Inside North Korea’s Mysterious Caste System












Pope Talks Syria, Israel-Palestinian Conflict And China In Christmas Speech













Egypt In Final Phase Of Controversial Referendum








Protests turn violent in Egypt ahead of vote on constitution

December 21, 2012 —
Egyptian men help a wounded comrade during clashes in Alexandria on Friday.
  • 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








December 21, 2012 —

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  • 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










The Rise Of Al Qaeda’s Affiliate In Syria







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.

US condemns 'provocative' Israel settlement building

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







Egyptians Vote On Draft Constitution







U.S. Formally Recognizes Syrian Opposition

JUST IN: Syria Fired Scud Missiles At Rebels, U.S. Officials Say




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?




Egypt’s Army Takes Over Security Ahead Of Vote On Constitution.. Country Split Over Referendum.. Islamists And Their Opponents Plan Rival Rallies





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.

Mandela hospitalised after he stops talking









Bodies Pile Up As Pakistan’s Largest City Faces Unprecedented Wave Of Violence





Egypt’s President Offers Little To Defuse Tensions







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







Intelligence Suggests Syria Moved Chemical Weapons Components

U.S. Warns Assad It Plans To Take Action In Case Of Use




Israel Redirects $100 Million Collected For Palestinian Government In Rejection Of UN Vote




Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party Reclaims Presidency After 12 Years Out Of Power


Institutional Revolutionary Party

In this July 1, 2012 file photo, supIn this July 1, 2012 file photo, supporters of Enrique Pena Nieto, presidential candidate for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) gather at party headquarters as exit polls begin to come in for general elections in Mexico City, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)






UN Passes Palestinian Statehood Upgrade




After Days Of Protests, Activists Warn Of A ‘Second Revolution’








Egyptians Stage Mass Anti-Morsi Rally In Tahrir Square

28 Nov 2012
Posted: November 27, 2012 Cairo, EgyptTens of thousands of Egyptians joined a massive rally in Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest President Mohamed Morsi, who granted himself sweeping new powers last week. Protesters and riot police clashed in Caironear Tahrir Square in a scene reminiscent of their original push to topple the regime of…
Egyptians chant slogans during a demonstration in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.













Israel Eases Border Blockade And Children Return To School In Gaza






Offices ablaze after Egypt president expands power

Protesters storm an office of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party and set fires in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Friday.


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’..









U.S. And Egypt Play Crucial Roles In Brokering Israel-Hamas Truce







Tanks, Gunships And Airstrikes Hit Gaza Amid Truce Talks.. UN Chief: Further Escalation Benefits No One.. Militants Call Leaflets Dropped On Gaza ‘Psychological Warfare’







Israel mulls truce deal as Gaza death toll tops 100

20 Nov 2012
Israeli leaders were considering an Egyptian truce plan with Hamas on Tuesday as the Gaza conflict entered its seventh day. UN chief Ban Ki-moon also headed to Jerusalem to advance peace efforts with the death toll from the violence topping 100. By FRANCE 24 (text) Summary of the latest events: Israeli leaders considering Egyptian…
Israel mulls truce deal as Gaza death toll tops 100









Israel And Hamas To Present Ceasefire Conditions Monday.. Palestinian Death Toll Approaches 100.. Israel Steps Up Attacks On Suspected Hamas Homes.







Israel Fires Into Syria For Third Time As Civil War Spills Over

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…








ASEAN Summit kicks off in Cambodia

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.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his opening remarks for the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.








Hamas headquarters hit as Israel steps up airstrikes

17 Nov 2012
Israeli airstrikes hit the headquarters of the Hamas government, the group reported on Saturday as Israel steps up its air assault on Gaza. Israel’s cabinet have authorised the call up of up to 75,000 in preparation for a possible ground invasion. By FRANCE 24 (text) Hamas headquarters hit by four air strikes, the group reports…
Palestinians inspect the damage at Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's office after being destroyed during an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.










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








China party congress wraps up ahead of leadership unveiling

China‘s Communist Party is concluding a week-long congress that will usher in the country’s new leaders. More than 2,200 delegates are choosing a new Central Committee in Beijing‘s Great Hall of the People. That committee will then endorse China’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. The new line-up, to be…
Hostesses for the National Congress pose a picture in front of the Great Hall of the People before the closing ceremony of the 18th Communist Party Congress, in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012.
photo: AP / Vincent Yu








Israel Considers Militant Assassinations Amid Rocket Attacks.. Hamas Dismisses Threat As ‘Psychological Warfare’.. Bibi Faces Tough Choice Heading Into Election

















Euro Leaders Face ‘Monster’ Problem of Greece

12 Nov 2012
As the Euro group of finance ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to decide whether to grant Greece a further tranche of aid that could prevent imminent financial catastrophe for Greece, one economist has warned it could all be in vain and Greece will probably leave the euro zone in 2013.
Greek riot police officers, right, push the last remaining protesters off the street, following an anti-austerity rally in front of the Parliament in central Athens, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.






Obama’s Victory In Moscow: Time For Another Reset?

How Obama's Victory Looks 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.









Obama To Go Where No U.S. President Went Before








Quickly Walks Back… ‘Full Repeal’

















IT’S HERE… THE POLLS: Obama Favored… Nate Silver: 92% Chance Of Victory… Romney: I Feel ‘Very, Very Good’

SENATE BATTLE: Dems Looking Good… HOUSE: GOP Favored… UH OH: Even Congressional Candidate Has Voting Problem… GOP Robocalls Spread Wrong Polling Info… Long Lines In Sandy-Damaged NJ… Six-Hour Wait…

















If Other Countries Could Vote, There’s A Clear Favorite









Battleground Advantage: Obama… POLLS… LATEST UPDATES










Six Years After Start Of Drug War, Quasi-Religious Cartel Rules Mexican State






Communist Leaders Prep For Once-A-Decade Transfer Of Power..







Assad’s Air Force Pounds Damascus Neighborhood

At Least 18 Civilians Dead.. Residents Scamper Over Rubble, Use Hands To Dig Up Mangled Bodies.. 500 People Killed In Past 4 Days




In Afghanistan’s War, A Decisive End Seems Nowhere In Sight




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Unemployment In Spain Hits Devastating High









Many Arabs Feel Obama Failed On Promise, But See Romney As Another Bush




Qatari emir urges Palestinian unity

24 Oct 2012
The emir of of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has called for unity between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah. Sheikh Hamad also denounced Israel‘s policies and praised people of the Gaza Stripfor standing up to it with “bare chests” during a one-day visit to the coastal enclave ruled by Hamas. The visit was the first by a head of state…
Palestinians holds the Qatari flag and pictures of the Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt prior to the arrival of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the Gaza Strip on October 23, 2012. The Emir of Qatar entered the Gaza Strip for a visit that will raise the prestige of its isolated Islamist rulers in the Hamas movement, but disappoint Israel and mainstream Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

Obama, Romney focus on early voters

DAYTON, Ohio ? The endgame at hand, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney plunged into the final two weeks of an excruciatingly close race for the White House Tuesday with TV advertising nearing an astronomical $1 billion and millions of Americans casting early ballots in all regions of the country. Increasingly, Ohio looms as ground…
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meet family members after the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla.
photo: AP / Pool-Michael Reynolds






20 killed in shelling of bakery in Aleppo, Syria

24 Oct 2012
BEIRUT — At least 20 people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppoon Tuesday when a bakery was hit by a shell, turning the bread shop into a bloodbath, activists said. More than 50 people were injured in the attack by government forces on the Masaken Hanano neighborhood, they said, with surrounding field hospitals so overwhelmed by the…
Syrian men sit by the doorway of a house destroyed in a Syrian government bombing last week that killed more than 40 people, in Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
photo: AP / Muhammed Muheisen

The Whiff of Conflict Grows in Mali

24 Oct 2012
BAMAKO, Mali — A military strike to recapture Mali’s Islamist-held north is growing more likely, according to Western powers, regional bodies and the United Nations— a pronounced shift after months of hesitation and hopes that negotiations might end what is now seen as a far-reaching jihadist threat. Connect With Us on Twitter…
File - Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard as they prepare to hand over a Swiss female hostage for transport by helicopter to neighboring Burkina Faso, at a designated rendezvous point in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali Tuesday, April 24, 2012











President Sinks Mitt’s Battleship.. Romney’s Red Lines.. Apology Tour?
Bush Dragged Into Crossfire.. Schieffer Slips Up.. Big ‘Whopper’ Called Out





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’







Fidel Castro Publishes Proof-Of-Life
In Article Blasting Stroke Rumors







US denies reported Iran nuclear talks

21 Oct 2012
The United States has denied a report that it has agreed to one-on-one talks with Iran over Tehran‘s nuclear program. The news comes at a pivotal time for President Barack Obama, just before the presidential election. The White House is denying that secret negotiations between Washingtonand Tehran have led to an agreement to hold nuclear talks.
A worker rides a bike in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.











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








Afghan Police School Fights To Fix Struggling Force Ahead Of Coalition’s Withdrawal











FEISTY… Obama Makes His Case… ‘His Best Performance’… Andrew Sullivan: ‘I Am Bloody Elated’… Mark Halperin: ‘I Don’t Think Anyone Could Say Romney Won’… Instant Polls: O Scores Narrow Win














White House Mulls Hitting Militants Over Libya Attack










War-scarred Baghdad places little faith in U.S. election

By Sebastian Meyer, Special to CNN
October 12, 2012 —
An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint in central Baghdad. It has been 10 months since U.S. combat troops left, but it is far from peace time in Iraq.
An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint in central Baghdad. It has been 10 months since U.S. combat troops left, but it is far from peace time in Iraq.
  • 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










European Union awarded 2012 Nobel Peace Prize


  • 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








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Greek Unemployment Hits Record High








Netanyahu Calls for Early Israeli Elections Citing Budget

10 Oct 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was forced to call for elections early next year because the feuding partners in his coalition government would not accept the austerity budget plan he’s been circulating. Netanyahu, who has served twice as Israel’s premier, announced yesterday in a prime-time broadcast that he will head his own Likud party
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
photo: AP / Bernat Armangue

NATO says it’s ready to defend Turkey

10 Oct 2012
BrusselsNATO is ready to defend Turkey, the alliance’s top official said Tuesday, in a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery and mortar exchanges dramatically escalated tensions between the two countries. Ankara has sent additional fighter jets to reinforce an air base close to the frontier with…
NATO says it's ready to defend Turkey
photo: US DoD / Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo










Merkel Meets Mass Protests On First Athens Visit During Debt Crisis


Tensions Mount As Syria And Turkey Exchange Cross-Border Fire






















A mobile missile launcher is positioned at a military base on the Turkish-Syrian border at Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 6, 2012. REUTERS-Murad Sezer
A mobile missile launcher and tanks are positioned at a military base on the Turkish-Syrian border in Suruc, in Sanliurfa province, October 6, 2012. Turkey returned fire after a mortar bomb shot from Syria landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked. REUTERS-Murad Sezer

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.



U.N. Security Council Denounces Syria Suicide Bombings









Chavez Headed For Toughest Election Ever, But Does It Matter?





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.









Iranians Clash with Police as Their Currency Plummets

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.


















U.S. giving up hopes of ending Afghan war through ‘peace deal’ with Taliban

October 2,  2012

Tweet Washington, Oct 2 (ANI): With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, US military and diplomatic officials in Afghanistan are now abandoning their once ambitious plans for ending the war in the nation, which they had sought to fulfill by cutting out a peace deal with the Taliban….
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Bates, with Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, pulls security during a mission to the director of information and culture's office in Farah City, Farah province, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2012.
photo: USAF / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady





Syrian Dictator: City Must Be ‘Cleansed’.. 30,000 More Troops Ordered.. Russia Warns NATO To Back Off









Pakistani Foreign Minister: ‘Illegal’ Drone Strikes Are Top Cause Of Anti-Americanism









Police Admit Secret Agent Infiltration In Madrid Protests









Syrian Regime Massacres Dozens Outside Damascus.. NO PLAN B.. Obama: Iran Propping Up Dictator









Ahmadinejad Calls For An End To U.S. ‘Bullying’ Ahead Of UN Address










Obama Challenges World Leaders To Root Out Extremism, Defends Free Speech At UN.. ‘True Democracy Is Hard Work’









What Has Chavez Done With Venezuela’s Oil Riches?









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.










Hundreds Clash Outside U.S. Embassy As More Demonstrations Turn Violent.. Protesters Demand Punishment For Anti-Islam Filmmaker









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.

Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike


 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.










Another Insider Attack Claims Lives Of 2 NATO Soldiers










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…









‘Death To America’… AFP: Protester Shot Dead… Protests In Cairo, Teargas Fired… 7 Embassies On High Alert… Yemeni Embassy Apologizes For Attack… Obama Calls Libyan, Egyptian Leaders..
















‘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








Foreign Governments Spend Big On U.S. Lobby












Taliban Reportedly Encouraging Deadly Attacks In Afghanistan









Gitmo Detainees On Trial Forbidden From Discussing Interrogations






UN monitors quit, saying Syrians choose “path of war”

17 Aug 2012
BEIRUT/ALEPPO (Reuters) – Syria‘s government and rebels have “chosen the path of war”, a U.N. peacekeeping chief said as the world body ended its doomed monitoring mission to Damascus and deadlock persists among world powers over how to contain the spreading conflict. Two weeks after former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan quit as mediator …
In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 photo, a Syrian elderly man walks past a destroyed building in the town of Azaz on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.
photo: AP / Khalil Hamra



















Ecuador: UK Has Threatened To Raid Embassy To Capture Julian Assange

Reuters  |  Posted: 08/15/2012












Bike Bomb Carnage Follows Another Bloody Day In Afghanistan










Ryan: We’ll Spell Out Tax Policy ‘In The Light Of Day’ – After The Election




North Korea Hopes World Power Has Its Back




Massacre Survivor: ‘I Thought, I’m Dead’…
Syria Jolted By Prime Minister’s Defection…









A death knell for diplomacy?

05 Aug 2012
The UN General Assembly has recently passed a resolution condemning the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, criticising its Security Council for remaining divided on the issue. The resolution was strongly opposed by a number of countries, including Russia and China – the two major powers that have repeatedly used their vetoes in the Security Council to to block real action on the Syrian issue.
Secretary-General Ban ki-moon ( second from right left ) with Kofi Annan ( left ) Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Baroness Catherine Ashton ( right ) High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission and Nabil al-Arabi ( second from right ) Secretary General Arab League gue arrives at the Meeting of the Action Group on Syria. 30 June 2012.










Afghan Parliament Steamrolls President To Dismiss Top Ministers









Despite Billions In Aid, Afghans Despair Over Future





Syria: foreign jihadists could join battle for Aleppo

30 Jul 2012
Jihadists, many with al-Qaida sympathies, are said to be planning to join a decisive battle against regime troops Rebels say about 15-20 foreign jihadists have been crossing each day trying to join up with an estimated 200-300 foreigners in Syria. Photograph: Pierre Torres/Getty…
In this Sunday, July 29, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army soldiers are seen in vehicles at the border town of Azaz, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aleppo, Syria.
photo: AP / Turkpix




Did The U.S. Brief Israel On Plans To Attack Iran?

Prices Soar, Trash Piles Rot And People Lose Hope In Syria’s War-Torn Capital















Bo Xilai scandal: Wife Gu Kailai charged with murder

26 Jul 2012
The wife of disgraced Chinese political leader Bo Xilai has been charged with murder, state news agency Xinhua has reported. Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun, employed at Mr Bo’s home, were “recently”…
 Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai speaks at a press conference in Beijing Monday March 12, 2007. Bo
photo: AP Photo





Fighting rages as Syria army readies assault on Aleppo

26 Jul 2012
ALEPPO – Syrian troops prepared on Thursday to launch an all-out offensive on rebel-held districts across Aleppo, a security source said, as pro-regime media warned of a looming “mother of all battles.” Fighting raged in parts of Syria‘s most populous city through the night and into Thursday, but the security source told AFP the main offensive was…
In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, a Syrian citizen journalist documents Syrian forces shelling in Homs, Syria.
photo: AP / Shaam News Network, SNN





Pentagon Lowers Bar For Floundering Afghan Security Forces





Kim Jong-un is married – and may have a child

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.









Artillery And Attack Helicopters Strike Syria’s Largest City.. Top Diplomats Defect.. Turkey Seals Shared Border.. Regime Focuses Forces On 2 Biggest Cities









Israel: Chemical Weapons ‘Under Control’ Of Assad Regime






Pranab Voted India’s 13th President

23 Jul 2012
New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee was on Sunday elected as the 13th President, marking a new journey for the veteran Congress leader after over four decades of life in active politics. Mukherjee, UPA nominee, got 5,78,918 vote value, well beyond the half-way mark of 5,25,140 in an electoral college of over 10.5 lakh when counting of votes polled…
India's president elect Pranab Mukherjee greets media outside his residence after wining in New Delhi, India, Sunday, July 22, 2012.






Iraq attacks in Baghdad  ‘kill 107’

The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem in Baghdad says some policemen were targeted in their homes

Story Highlights

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.








World’s super rich said to be hiding $20 trillion in offshore tax havens

22 Jul 2012
Oil-rich states with an internationally mobile elite have been especially prone to watching their wealth disappear into offshore bank accounts. A GLOBAL super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($20 trillion) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together -…
File - A man poses for a photograph with a model near the Cadillac Escalade displayed for sale at the opening night of the Millionaire Fair in Moscow, Thursday night, Nov. 27, 2008.






Syria Rebels Seize Border Posts As Residents Flee Damascus

20 Jul 2012
BEIRUTRebel fighters in Syria, building on the momentum gained by their assassination of three top security officials a day earlier, seized all four border crossings with Iraq and one into Turkey on Thursday. They also claimed for the first time to have captured a pocket of Damascus after intense street fighting. The government fought back hard,…
This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed by the Associated Press Thursday, July 19, 2012 purports to show a Syrian rebel defacing a picture of President Bashar Assad at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Syrian President Bashar Assad made his first appearance Thursday since a bomb killed some of his top lieutenants, looking calm and composed on state TV even as his forces turned parts of Damascus into combat zones and rebels seized two of the country's border crossings.








Russia, China Veto U.N. Security Council Resolution On Syria




Egypt and Iran top Clinton’s agenda in Israel

17 Jul 2012
Egypt‘s political transition, Iran‘s nuclear ambitions and other regional issues were on the agenda as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Israeli top officials in Jerusalem. After meeting President Shimon Peres on Monday, she urged Israel to treat the Arab Spring as an opportunity as well as a source of uncertainty.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak talk in Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, July 16, 2012.







Red Cross declares Syria conflict a civil war

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….

In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Saturday, July 14, 2012, Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria.
photo: AP / Shaam News Network, SNN





African Union chooses first female leader

16 Jul 2012

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.

File - Nkosazana C. Dlamini-Zuma, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, addresses a high-level round table discussion on the development needs of Africa.
photo: UN / Ryan Brown







21 killed in Pakistan drone strikes

07 Jul 2012
Islamabad, July 07: At least 21 suspected militants were killed Friday night in two drone strikes in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, media reports said. The first drone fired two missiles around 9 p.m. at a house suspected to be a militant hideout in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan
21 killed in Pakistan drone strikes
photo: USAF / Senior Airman Olufemi A. Owolabi












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
















Egypt Announces Muslim Brotherhood Candidate As New President







Taliban Militants Attack Exclusive, Lakeside Hotel Near Kabul.. Assault Ends After 12-Hour Gunbattle.. At Least 20 People Killed









Christians In Syria Fear For Safety Between Battling Islamic Groups









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..


Julian Assange Flees To Embassy… Seeks Asylum In Ecuador









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’




‘We’re Talking About One Of The Greatest Financial Rescue Operations The World Has Seen’





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 honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Getty Images)

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.








Fighting at Tripoli airport, gunmen surround planes


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

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: (L-R) Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames, the star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace, and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Red letter day … Prince Philip, the Queen, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge on board the Spirit of Chartwell during Sunday’s pageant on the Thames. Photo: Getty Images












Mixed Verdict Sparks Urgency For Victims Of Mubarak Regime






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








Russia Allegedly Shipping Heavy Arms To Syrian Regime




Promise of Arab Spring eluding Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi faces Ahmed Shafiq in a June runoff.
Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi faces Ahmed Shafiq in a June runoff.

  • 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





The West has lost its grip on war

Whether they are against it or for it, few in the West seem to have a coherent account of war, in Afghanistan or anywhere else. Last week, Occupy Chicago demonstrated against “NATO/G8″ in the name of the “Planet over profits and war”. They were particularly incensed that “NATO/G8 member Canada” had “declared war on the Alberta Tar Sands …..
Protesters block traffic on Michigan Ave., as they march through the city during a demonstration Friday, May 18, 2012, ahead of this weekends' NATO summit in Chicago.









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.

Soldiers from the US Marine Corps take part in a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill along the shore in Pohang, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Seoul, March 29, 2012. North Korea remains technically at war with South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. In a sign North Korea is moving forward with its announced plan to launch a rocket in mid-April, a U.S. official confirmed the United States had detected activity that looked like launch preparations at a facility near the country's northwestern border with China













Nuclear chief says Iran will not halt uranium enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s nuclear chief, reversing the country’s previous statements, said on state television Sunday that the country would not halt its production of higher-grade uranium, suggesting that the Iranian government was veering back to a much harder line after talks in Baghdad with the West last week ended badly. The official, Fereydoon…
A worker rides a bike in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.
photo: AP / Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour







Peace Envoy Condemns Syria Massacre