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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.

Aug 25, 2011

Tripoli residents dodge gunbattles to buy food

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Residents of the Libyan capital Thursday scrambled to find supplies, exploiting lulls in the battles still being fought in parts of the city to venture out of their homes and queue for bread.

Two days after rebels stormed the compound that was the seat of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and forced him into hiding, most of Tripoli was free of violence but chaotic.

Aug 25, 2011

Libyans hunt Gaddafi in Tripoli battles

TRIPOLI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan fighters battled diehard
followers of Muammar Gaddafi across Tripoli on Thursday, racing
to find and finish off the fallen strongman and stifle any
counter-attack by his family and other loyalists.

As machinegun bursts and the crack of sniper fire kept the
capital’s two million civilians pinned indoors, with supplies
running low, one excited group of rebels said they thought they
might have trapped Gaddafi and some of his sons in a building –
though there was in fact no indication Gaddafi was inside.