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Sep 30, 2011
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Factbox on Anwar al-Awlaki, U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric killed in air strike

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(Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by Intelwire.com on September 30, 2011/Intelwire.com)

Yemen’s Defence Ministry said on Friday that Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim preacher linked to al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing, had been killed, in what a security official said was an air strike. Awlaki had been implicated in a botched attempt by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to bomb a U.S.-bound plane in 2009 and had contacts with a U.S. Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at a U.S. military base the same year.

Sep 24, 2011

Libya returns to world community, Jibril tells UN

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Libya’s de facto Prime
Minister Mahmoud Jibril told the United Nations on Saturday his
country has been reborn after toppling Muammar Gaddafi and
appealed for the release of remaining frozen Libyan assets.

“A new Libya is coming to life,” he said in the first
appearance by Libya’s new leadership at the United Nations.

Sep 23, 2011

Peace no closer as Palestinians ask U.N. for state

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A hasty attempt by big powers to refloat Middle East talks — and spare the United States the embarrassment of vetoing a Palestinian demand for United Nations recognition of a state — looks doomed.

Ending six decades of Arab-Israeli conflict may be more urgent than ever, as Arab uprisings against autocratic leaders reshape the Middle East and deepen Israel’s isolation, but it is even harder to discern how to shift entrenched positions.

Sep 23, 2011

Analysis: Peace no closer as Palestinians ask U.N. for state

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A hasty attempt by big powers to refloat Middle East talks — and spare the United States the embarrassment of vetoing a Palestinian demand for United Nations recognition of a state — looks doomed.

Ending six decades of Arab-Israeli conflict may be more urgent than ever, as Arab uprisings against autocratic leaders reshape the Middle East and deepen Israel’s isolation, but it is even harder to discern how to shift entrenched positions.

Sep 23, 2011

Abbas to stake Palestinian claim to state at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asks the United Nations Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move.

In what he may see as a date with destiny, Abbas, 76, will hand U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon an application for full U.N. membership, which the Security Council must then consider.

Sep 22, 2011

Iran’s Ahmadinejad attacks West, prompts walk-out

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Western powers on Thursday for a catalog of misdeeds, but his address to the United Nations failed to mention Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

The U.S. delegation walked out when Ahmadinejad said “arrogant powers” threatened anyone who questioned the Holocaust and the September 11 attacks on the United States with sanctions and military action. Other Western delegations soon made their exit.

Sep 22, 2011

Palestinians to push U.N. statehood bid despite Obama

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Wednesday there was no short cut to Middle East peace but Palestinians said they would press on with a request for U.N. recognition of their nascent state.

Amid frantic efforts to avert a diplomatic disaster, French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the United Nations to grant the Palestinians the status of observer state, like the Vatican, while outlining a one-year roadmap to peace.

Sep 21, 2011

Obama tries to derail Palestinian U.N. bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Wednesday there was no short cut to Middle East peace, but Palestinians said they would press on with a request for U.N. recognition of their nascent state.

Amid frantic efforts to avert a diplomatic disaster, French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the United Nations to grant the Palestinians the status of observer state, like the Vatican, while outlining a one-year roadmap to peace.

Sep 21, 2011

Obama tries to derail Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Wednesday there was no short cut to Middle East peace, but Palestinians said they would press on with a request for U.N. recognition of their nascent state.

Amid frantic efforts to avert a diplomatic disaster, French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the United Nations to grant the Palestinians the status of observer state, like the Vatican, while outlining a one-year roadmap to peace.

Sep 21, 2011

Iraq needs U.S. trainers after troops leave: Zebari

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq will need U.S. military trainers even after American combat troops leave this year, ending a mission that began with the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said.

He ruled out any renewal or extension of a 2008 agreement under which the remaining 43,000 U.S. troops are due to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011.

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