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Jul 24, 2012

Syria fighting gives neither side decisive edge

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Syrian army tank rumbles past the entrance to a narrow city street, wreathed in oily black smoke apparently the result of a rocket-propelled grenade strike. A soldier leaps from the turret to escape the inferno.

Video footage posted by rebel fighters shows them exulting in this local victory. The images also illustrate the difficulty the army faces as it counter-attacks to drive insurgent fighters from central districts of the capital, Damascus.

May 18, 2012

Nightmare foretold if Greece heads for euro exit

ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) – In Athens, the homeless are on the streets in growing numbers, soup kitchens feed twice as many people as a year ago, and the poor are diving into garbage bins in search of scrap they can sell.

Greece is close to breaking point as it struggles with austerity targets set by creditors, but this is just a foretaste of the nightmare of unrest, hunger and even anarchy that could engulf the debt-crippled nation if it is forced out of the euro.

May 1, 2012

Murdoch conclusion stirs memories of his old foe Maxwell

LONDON (Reuters) – If he had not died 20 years ago, Robert Maxwell, the disgraced newspaper tycoon, might have allowed himself a wolfish grin at the verdict of a British parliamentary committee on his old rival, Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch, according to the House of Commons select committee on culture, media and sport, which examined the phone-hacking scandal now convulsing the Australian-born mogul’s media empire, “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”.

Mar 28, 2012

London shirtmaker acts to comfort Afghan wounded

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Emma Willis runs a fashionable
men’s shirtmaking business in the West End of London. She is
also deeply impressed by the bravery and sacrifice of British
soldiers in Afghanistan.

While the war garners grim headlines in the West and public
doubts about the long and inconclusive campaign grow, there is
no shortage of goodwill at home for the soldiers themselves.

Oct 21, 2011

Gaddafi’s children in exile, on the run, or dead

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s eight children, whose pampered lives ranged from security chief and U.N. goodwill ambassador to playboy and professional footballer, earned reputations for extravagance, violence and bizarre behavior almost equaling their father’s.

Amid the chaos of war, three now appear to be dead like the deposed Libyan leader himself, four are scattered in exile and one remains on the run, their lives of privilege disrupted or ended by the collapse of Gaddafi senior’s 42-year rule.

Oct 20, 2011

Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s love of comic-opera uniforms, exotic female bodyguards and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for 42 years of bloody repression that in the end could not withstand a determined uprising backed by NATO air power.

Chased out of Tripoli when rebel forces took the capital last month, Gaddafi disappeared, some said into the empty desert spaces in the south of his vast country.

Oct 20, 2011

Profile: Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s love of comic-opera uniforms, exotic female bodyguards and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for 42 years of bloody repression that in the end could not withstand a determined uprising backed by NATO air power.

Chased out of Tripoli when rebel forces took the capital last month, Gaddafi disappeared, some said into the empty desert spaces in the south of his vast country.

Oct 6, 2011

Arabs embrace Steve Jobs and the Syrian connection

LONDON (Reuters) – While the world mourned the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs in California, many Syrians were quick to claim the computer genius as one of their own on Thursday through a little-known connection to his biological father.

Jobs, who died of cancer at the age of 56 on Wednesday, was given up for adoption soon after his birth in San Francisco to an American mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, and a Syrian-born father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali.

Sep 20, 2011

Libya “mercenary” claim turns spotlight on special ops

BRUSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A boast by Gaddafi loyalists that they had captured 17 foreign mercenaries this week has been greeted with skepticism, but the claim has highlighted the importance of covert military operations in the overthrow of the Libyan leader.

Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has so far not made good on his promise to put the group on television and he has produced no other evidence to back his story, which was quickly denied in Western capitals.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi children closed ranks around father

TUNIS (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s children earned reputations for extravagance, violence and dysfunctional behavior that attracted almost as many hostile headlines as their eccentric and ruthless father.

One son, Saif al Arab, was killed during the six-month armed revolt to overthrow the Libyan leader. Unconfirmed reports say another, Khamis, has also been killed.