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Apr 2, 2012

“Londongrad” on edge after attack on Russian banker

April 2 (Reuters) – A failed hit on a former Russian banker
in London has sent a chill through Russian immigrant circles and
shone an unwelcome spotlight on a hidden criminal underworld
encroaching on the British capital.

The shooting also raised concerns Britain might be turning
into a playground for Russian mobsters as gangland violence
appears to spill over Russian borders into European capitals.

Mar 19, 2012

Asma al-Assad: a “desert rose” crushed by Syria’s strife

LONDON (Reuters) – She was supposed to be the gentler face of a would-be reformist regime. Now Asma al-Assad has become a hate figure for many.

Syria’s London-born first lady, once breathlessly described as a “rose in the desert”, is ensconced at the heart of the shadowy inner circle of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 14, 2012

Syrian shop-keeper wages lonely war from English city

COVENTRY, England (Reuters) – Rami Abdulrahman, a Syrian shop-keeper in a bleak English city, has become for many the face of Syria’s revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. He is a lone warrior.

Thousands of miles away from home, in a small rented house in Coventry, Abdulrahman runs Syria’s most prominent activist group which has become central to the way the uprising is being reported – and understood – in the world.

Mar 4, 2012

Expat Russians angry at Putin, wary of home

LONDON (Reuters) – Tatyana Sergeyeva has come a long way from her sleepy hometown in Russia’s Muslim region of Tatarstan to become an economics student in London. And there is no going back now.

Standing in the pouring rain outside Russia’s embassy in London where she voted in Sunday’s presidential election, Sergeyeva said many young people felt just like her – keen for change, but reluctant to go back.

Oct 31, 2011

Analysis: Cycle of revenge hangs over peace in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya is plunging into a cycle of tribal violence and retribution which, if left unchecked, could undermine the authority of its new leaders, spur new forms of insurgency and throw the country back into chaos.

More than a week after the death of Muammar Gaddafi, anger is on the boil again with what many Libyans see as the inability of the interim government to rein in its brigades and stop a wave of revenge attacks.

Oct 31, 2011

Cycle of revenge hangs over Libya’s fragile peace

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya is plunging into a cycle of tribal violence and retribution which, if left unchecked, could undermine the authority of its new leaders, spur new forms of insurgency and throw the country back into chaos.

More than a week after the death of Muammar Gaddafi, anger is on the boil again with what many Libyans see as the inability of the interim government to rein in its brigades and stop a wave of revenge attacks.

Oct 30, 2011

Analysis: Cycle of revenge hangs over Libya’s fragile peace

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya is plunging into a cycle of tribal violence and retribution which, if left unchecked, could undermine the authority of its new leaders, spur new forms of insurgency and throw the country back into chaos.

More than a week after the death of Muammar Gaddafi, anger is on the boil again with what many Libyans see as the inability of the interim government to rein in its brigades and stop a wave of revenge attacks.

Oct 27, 2011

Gaddafi son wants to surrender to ICC, says NTC

TRIPOLI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who once
vowed to die fighting on Libyan soil, now wants to face
international justice instead and avoid any chance of meeting
the same grisly end as his father, Libyan officials said.

An official of the ruling National Transitional Council
(NTC) said on Wednesday that Saif al-Islam, the only one of
Muammar Gaddafi’s eight children still on the run, had proposed
surrendering to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which
has indicted him for war crimes.

Oct 26, 2011

Gaddafi son offers to surrender to Hague: Libyans

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi wants to turn himself in to the Hague war crimes court, a senior Libyan official told Reuters on Wednesday.

On the run in the desert, fearing for his life after his father was captured and slain and despairing of any safe haven across an African border, the 39-year-old who many once assumed would inherit dynastic power from Muammar Gaddafi now saw a Dutch prison cell as his best option, the official said.

Oct 26, 2011

Gaddafi loyalists fight on as Libya tries to unite

BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – The war is not yet over for Libya’s new rulers in the desert town of Bani Walid where Gaddafi loyalists vow to fight on for their fallen leader and other residents are angry over violence and looting.

Enraged by what they see as acts of retribution by forces loyal to Libya’s new government, tribesmen say their men are already trying to regroup into a new insurgency movement in and around the strategic desert town south of the capital, Tripoli.