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May 11, 2012

Greek parties scramble to avert new vote

ATHENS, May 11 (Reuters) – The leaders of Greece’s
once-dominant political parties make their final effort on
Friday to form a coalition and avert a new election, which a
poll showed would all but wipe them out and give victory to a
radical leftist who rejects an EU bailout.

The overwhelming majority of Greeks want to stay in the euro
zone but voted last Sunday for parties that reject the severe
terms of a bailout negotiated last year. European leaders say
Greece will be ejected from the common currency if it turns its
back on the package of tax hikes and wage cuts.

Mar 17, 2012

Iraq militia frees U.S. hostage after 9 months

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Followers of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr freed an American former soldier on Saturday after holding him captive in Baghdad for nine months.

The American, identified as Randy Michaels, was shown on television in a U.S. military uniform with no insignia, flanked by two members of parliament from Sadr’s movement, including the parliament’s first deputy speaker.

Mar 12, 2012

Fear as death squads hunt Iraq’s gays and “emos”

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The man holds up two pictures of his friend, which tell the story of what it now means to be gay in Iraq.

One photograph, which the man keeps on his mobile phone, is a portrait of a handsome youth with a stylish haircut. The other, a printed snapshot taken last month, shows the body of the same young man lying sprawled in the back of a white pickup truck, his head disfigured by blunt trauma.

Feb 27, 2012

Iraq militia hands over last missing U.S. soldier’s remains

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Shi’ite militia has handed over the body of the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, closing a final chapter of the war two months after U.S. troops left and more than five years after the soldier vanished while secretly visiting his wife in Baghdad.

A source in Shi’ite militia Asaib al-Haq said the group had acted as an “intermediary” in handing the body of American soldier Ahmed al-Taie to the Iraqi government. The source denied the group was behind his abduction and killing.

Feb 27, 2012

Michigan burial for last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The family of the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq will hold a funeral for him in Michigan, now that the army has recovered his remains more than five years after he vanished while secretly visiting his Iraqi wife in Baghdad.

Ahmed al-Taie, an Iraqi-born immigrant, joined the U.S. Army to serve as an Arabic interpreter after the invasion of his native land. He married a local woman and went missing in 2006 while visiting her in Baghdad at the height of the sectarian conflict.

Dec 28, 2011

Activists alarmed over Sudanese head of Syria mission

LONDON (Reuters) – The choice of a Sudanese general to head an Arab League mission in Syria has alarmed opposition activists who say Sudan’s own defiance of a war crimes tribunal means the monitors probably won’t recommend strong action against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

The Arab League says Lieutenant-General Mustafa al-Dabi brings vital military and diplomatic expertise to its unprecedented mission to verify that Assad is complying with a deal to end Syria’s crackdown on protesters.

Dec 27, 2011

Activists alarmed over Syria mission’s Sudanese head

LONDON (Reuters) – The choice of a Sudanese general to head an Arab League mission in Syria has alarmed activists, who say Sudan’s own defiance of a war crimes tribunal means the monitors are unlikely to recommend strong action against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

The Arab League says Lieutenant-General Mustafa al-Dabi brings vital military and diplomatic expertise to its unprecedented mission to verify that Assad is complying with a deal to end Syria’s crackdown on protesters.

Nov 22, 2011

Iran’s nuclear showdown with West still short of war

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West has led to much harsher words and new economic sanctions, but Tehran has yet to cross the red lines that would prompt Israel or the United States to contemplate military action.

A report by the U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency this month suggested that Iran has pursued the capability to develop nuclear weapons.

Nov 22, 2011

Analysis: Iran’s nuclear showdown with West still short of war

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West has led to much harsher words and new economic sanctions, but Tehran has yet to cross the red lines that would prompt Israel or the United States to contemplate military action.

A report by the U.N. watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency this month suggested that Iran has pursued the capability to develop nuclear weapons.

Oct 6, 2011

Tear gas? Woof! It’s Sausage the Athens riot dog

ATHENS (Reuters) – There he is, yelping with delight as the youths start hurling chunks of paving stones, barking his admonition at a cordon of cops fending off petrol bombs, sneezing as he scampers through the tear gas.

Meet Sausage the riot dog, an amiable ginger mongrel resident of Syntagma Square in central Athens, who doesn’t mind if you show up for a day of mayhem as long as he can join in.