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Feb 22, 2012

Somalia conference seeks to galvanise peace push

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – African, Arab and Western
nations worried by Somalia’s turmoil meet on Thursday to
coordinate efforts against militants and pirates seen as growing
threats to global security and ramp up measures to end famine
and clan violence.

Sceptics say the London conference of 40 countries including
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon risks producing fine words but no
action: They point to ineffective similar gatherings in the past
20 years involving a corrupt Somali elite skilled in extracting
support from Western aid bureaucrats and foreign peacekeepers.

Feb 5, 2012

Russia may seek controlled exit of Assad in talks

MUNICH/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may be seeking a “controlled demolition” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule to save its sole major foothold in the Arab world against Western rivals when its foreign minister and spy chief hold rare talks in Damascus this week.

Moscow announced the high-stakes mission hours on Saturday hours before Russia and China, in a move that outraged much of the world and Syria’s opposition, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution meant to halt Assad’s bloody crackdown on a popular revolt by backing an Arab League plan urging him to step down.

Feb 5, 2012

Iran raid likely to drag in US, hurt global economy

MUNICH (Reuters) – An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not.

As if that prospect was not alarming enough, any doubts Tehran entertained about the wisdom of building a nuclear weapon would vanish the moment the strike occurred.

Feb 5, 2012

Iran raid likely to drag in U.S. and hurt global economy

MUNICH (Reuters) – An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not.

As if that prospect was not alarming enough, any doubts Tehran entertained about the wisdom of building a nuclear weapon would vanish the moment the strike occurred.

Feb 3, 2012

Quick Iran curbs may obviate need for strike call: Israel

MUNICH (Reuters) – Iran “will blink” if sanctions aimed at deterring it from building a nuclear bomb are imposed rapidly, meaning outside powers may never need to decide on possible armed action, an Israeli minister said on Friday.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Germany, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon added that the key point of international concern should be the amount of enriched uranium Iran has managed to bury at a deep site at Fordow, its best sheltered nuclear site south of Tehran.

Feb 3, 2012

Quick Iran curbs may obviate need for strike

MUNICH (Reuters) – Iran “will blink” if sanctions aimed at deterring it from building a nuclear bomb are imposed rapidly, meaning outside powers may never need to decide on possible armed action, an Israeli minister said on Friday.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Germany, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon added that the key point of international concern should be the amount of enriched uranium Iran has managed to bury at a deep site at Fordow, its best sheltered nuclear site south of Tehran.

Feb 3, 2012

Emboldened Syrian rebels tear at Assad power

AMMAN/LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad looks increasingly cornered, his authority seriously wounded by rebel raids at the gates of Damascus and his ability to wield superior firepower complicated by political constraints.

On paper, the military balance remains in Assad’s favor, with army defections still relatively small. Rebel strength, estimated variously at 20,000 to 30,000, is less than a tenth of the army’s. External armed intervention in favor of the opposition is unlikely and the security services, manned mainly by members of his minority Alawite sect, remain intact.

Jan 23, 2012

Analysis: Africa’s Sahel scrambles to avert slide “into hell”

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Regional rivalries and doubts about Western intervention are hampering efforts by Africa’s fragile Sahara-Sahel zone to prevent remote desert areas destabilized by Libya’s war from becoming safe havens for al Qaeda and international criminals.

Some of the world’s poorest countries such as Mali, Niger and Mauritania are scrambling to secure international expertise to shore up crumbling state authority in the face of an influx of weapons and fighters from Libya’s conflict.

Jan 18, 2012

Analysis: Not-so-covert Iran war buys time but raises tension

LONDON (Reuters) – A backseat passenger on a motorcycle weaving through the crush of Tehran’s morning traffic reaches out and places a small magnetic device on the door of a silver-grey Peugeot 405.

When the directional bomb explodes seconds later, blasting through the sedan’s door and instantly killing nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old father of one, the motorcycle has already vanished, accelerating into the ranks of the Iranian capital’s rush hour.

Jan 18, 2012

Analysis: Not-so-covert Iran war buys West time, raises tension

LONDON (Reuters) – A backseat passenger on a motorcycle weaving through the crush of Tehran’s morning traffic reaches out and places a small magnetic device on the door of a silver-grey Peugeot 405.

When the directional bomb explodes seconds later, blasting through the sedan’s door and instantly killing nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old father of one, the motorcycle has already vanished, accelerating into the ranks of the Iranian capital’s rush hour.