Category: World News

Royal Rivalry in the Levant: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Duel over Syria

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Jamestown.org: The cycle of calamity plaguing Syria continues to intensify with no end in sight. Syria’s predicament today is far removed from the initial outburst of mass dissent witnessed in March 2011 that saw the Ba’athist regime violently suppress demonstrations…

US and allies debate scale of military intervention

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The US and its principal allies in Europe and the Middle East have indicated their resolve to take military action against the Assad regime in response to the death of more than 1,000 people around Damascus after bombardments by missiles containing…

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the group

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(CNN) — Al Qaeda’s affiliate inside Syria is now the best-equipped arm of the terror group in existence today, according to informal assessments by U.S. and Middle East intelligence agencies, a private sector analyst directly familiar with the information told CNN.

Turkey could deploy army to quell protests

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(Reuters) – Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Monday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two weeks, the first time the possibility of a…

Snowden claims online Obama expanded ‘abusive’ security programs

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Washington (CNN) — A series of blog posts on Monday purportedly by Edward Snowden said he leaked classified details about U.S. surveillance programs because President Barack Obama worsened “abusive” practices instead of curtailing them as he promised as a candidate.

Israel and Gaza… Here we go again

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HAMAS fires rockets into Israel Israel has few options in its dealings with HAMAS* and the Gaza Strip. The recent increase in violence has forced the Israelis to order air strikes against targets in the territory and prepare for a…

World finance: Risk aversion returns with a vengeance

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The rally in risky asset markets fuelled at the start of this year by the European Central Bank’s unlimited provision of long-term liquidity to the region’s banks proved short-lived. It started to fade in March…

Noth Koreas announces Kim Jong Il dead

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean television announces in a “special broadcast” that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang. He was 69.