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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.

Oct 3, 2011

Despair and resignation in Greece as more pain looms

ATHENS (Reuters) – The slogans on the street are about storming the barricades, but when you talk to Greeks about the financial crisis that has brought their country to its knees, their anger quickly gives way to resignation and despair.

With news on Monday that the recession will last at least a fourth year — and the government promising ever tougher reforms that will bring even more hardship — labor unions have vowed to call Greeks out into the streets.

Aug 28, 2011

Analysis: Tripoli bloodshed may signal violence to come

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Mass killings that have taken place in Tripoli since the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi provide a harrowing warning that more carnage may lie ahead.

Millions of Libyans have supported the six-month rebellion against Gaddafi in hope of a peaceful future. Many in the new leadership have called for reconciling with their foes.

Aug 28, 2011

Tripoli bloodshed may signal violence to come

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Mass killings that have taken place in Tripoli since the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi provide a harrowing warning that more carnage may lie ahead.

Millions of Libyans have supported the six-month rebellion against Gaddafi in hope of a peaceful future. Many in the new leadership have called for reconciling with their foes.

Aug 26, 2011

Rebels to govern from Tripoli as Gaddafi hunt goes on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels announced a move to govern the country from Tripoli as they battled pockets of loyalists in their hunt for fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who taunted them from his hiding place.

Rumors of Gaddafi or his sons being cornered or sighted, swirled among excitable rebel fighters engaged in heavy machinegun and rocket exchanges. But even after his compound was overrun on Tuesday, hopes of a swift end to six months of war were still being frustrated by fierce rearguard actions.