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May 29, 2011

Britain readies “bunker-busting” bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit.

Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in Libya to try to break a deadlock that has seen Gaddafi hold on to power despite weeks of air strikes and a rebel uprising.

Apr 6, 2011

Cultural heart beats again on Baghdad bookseller street

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – “We have a saying: Cairo writes. Beirut prints. Baghdad reads,” says Abdul-Wahab Mizher al-Radi, proprietor of the House of Scientific Books, one of countless bookshops crammed along Baghdad’s Mutanabi Street.

Reading books, buying books and discussing books are the defining pleasures of being a Baghdad intellectual, and for generations the life of the mind has orbited around this lane, the booksellers’ market of the Iraqi capital.

Mar 29, 2011
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A tribute to journalist and colleague Sabah al-Bazee

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Reuters correspondent Peter Graff in Baghdad writes following the death of journalist Sabah al-Bazee:

For those of us who work in the Baghdad bureau, it is always a shock to look back through the collected photos of one of our Iraqi colleagues. We think we are used to those old scenes. But seen one after another, the images compiled over eight years of carnage by a single journalist like Sabah al-Bazee still have the power to freeze your blood.

Mar 23, 2011

“Lawrence of Arabia” rebel army in Libya? Unlikely

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – It is a truism in warfare that has rarely seemed more relevant: there is only so much you can achieve from the air.

If Western forces want to get rid of Muammar Gaddafi, they need a force on the ground that can stand up to his security forces. So far, the rebels seem hardly suited to the task.

Mar 23, 2011

Analysis: “Lawrence of Arabia” rebel army in Libya? Unlikely

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – It is a truism in warfare that has rarely seemed more relevant: there is only so much you can achieve from the air.

If Western forces want to get rid of Muammar Gaddafi, they need a force on the ground that can stand up to his security forces. So far, the rebels seem hardly suited to the task.

Mar 13, 2011

Ominous deja vu as Saddam’s victims watch Gaddafi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – When he sees reports from Libya of a euphoric youth rebellion crushed in a brutal armed crackdown by an Arab ruler, Ahmed al-Saidi is overcome with an ominous sense of deja vu.

A survivor of the failed 1991 uprising against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Saidi knows what it feels like to believe the international community will help you overthrow a dictator, only to find your town abandoned to merciless revenge.

Nov 29, 2010

Whoever leads Ireland is stuck with bailout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s opposition parties may grumble about the terms of an EU/IMF bailout, but when they come to power in a matter of months as widely expected they will have little room to escape the measure.

Prime Minister Brian Cowen and his ruling Fianna Fail party are headed for defeat in an election early next year that is all but certain to put the opposition Fine Gael and Labour parties in control of the country.

Nov 29, 2010

Snap Analysis: Whoever leads Ireland is stuck with bailout

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s opposition parties may grumble about the terms of an EU/IMF bailout, but when they come to power in a matter of months as widely expected they will have little room to escape the measure.

Prime Minister Brian Cowen and his ruling Fianna Fail party are headed for defeat in an election early next year that is all but certain to put the opposition Fine Gael and Labour parties in control of the country.

Nov 28, 2010

Europe set to approve bailout for Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) – European ministers are set to sign off an 85 billion euro ($113 billion) emergency loan package for Ireland on Sunday that they hope will calm markets and prevent contagion to other parts of the euro currency bloc.

The Belgian presidency of the European Union said finance ministers from its 27 member states would meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss Ireland, which is poised to become the second euro zone country after Greece to be bailed out.

Nov 27, 2010

Ireland set for rescue but euro contagion fears remain

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland is poised to become the second euro zone country after Greece to seal a bailout but few expect the rescue to end a deep crisis that has haunted Europe’s currency bloc for much of the past year.

Tens of thousands of Irish are expected to march in Dublin on Saturday in a union-organized protest against the government’s decision to seek aid from the EU and IMF to help it deal with its crumbling banks and gaping budget deficit.