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11
Dec
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Monks Detained By Chinese Governement

 

A Tibetan monk and his nephew have been detained by Chinese authorities for “inciting” eight self-immolation protests in the Kirti monastery of Aba, in southwestern Sichuan province, State media reported on Sunday.

More than a dozen current and former monks at Kirti have set themselves on fire since 2009, when the spate of Tibetan self-immolations first began when a monk in his twenties at Kirti

Mon
10
Dec
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Morsi: Battle Anti Vs. Pro

Cairo: After Egypt’s opposition rejected an offer of compromise by President Mohammed and called for mass protests, now the Muslim Brotherhood had again urged Islamists to come out in support of Mursi. 




Sun
09
Dec
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North Korea Facing Possible Missile Launch Delay

 

 North Korea may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket that had been slated for liftoff as early as this week, state media said Sunday, as international pressure on Pyongyang to cancel the provocative move intensified.

Sat
08
Dec
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Gazans Gather for Hamas Celebration

 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Tens of thousands of Palestinians massed in Gaza on Saturday for a rally marking the 25th anniversary of Hamas to be addressed by the ruling Islamist movement's leader in exile.

Politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, who arrived from Egypt on Friday, was on his first ever visit to Gaza and his first to the Palestinian territories since 1975.

The celebrations come just over two weeks after an Egyptian-brokered truce ended eight days of bloodshed with Israel which left 174 Palestinians dead.

Light rain in the early morning did not deter thousands of Gazans -- most of them women -- from turning out well before the noon (1000 GMT) start of the main event in the Al-Qatiba complex west of Gaza City, an AFP correspondent reported.

Parallel rallies were being held across the Gaza Strip.

The security forces were out in strength, closing off nearby roads from the early hours.

Sat
08
Dec
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Morsi's Television Appearance Incites Protestors

 

President Obama has called the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to express his "deep concern" about the deaths of protesters in Egypt.

He called for dialogue without preconditions between the two sides.

Thu
06
Dec
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Four Die Overnight In Egypt

 

Four demonstrators died overnight Thursday in the worst violence since Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president in June. The four were killed by gunfire or buckshot as nearly 350 others were wounded when allies and foes of Morsi clashed around the presidential palace in Cairo.

They started off by lobbing fire bombs and rocks at each other on Wednesday as their simmering standoff over the president's expanded powers and a new constitution turned violent.

Morsi drew the wrath of the opposition and many in the magistrature by assuming exceptional powers under a November 22 decree.

Bloodied protesters were seen carried away as gunshots rang out and the rivals torched cars and set off fire crackers near the presidential palace, where opponents of Morsi had set up tents before his supporters drove them away.

Wed
05
Dec
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Morsi Returns To Palace

 

CAIRO: Egypt's president returned to his Cairo palace Wednesday with hundreds of protesters still camped outside a day after a mass outpouring of anger that has given new momentum to the opposition demanding that the Islamist leader rescind decrees giving him sweeping powers.

The political crisis has left the country divided into two camps: Mohamed Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood and their ultraconservative Islamist allies, versus an opposition made up of youth groups, liberal parties and large sectors of the public. And both sides have dug in their heels, signaling a protracted standoff.

Buoyed by the massive turnout, the mostly secular opposition held a series of meetings late Tuesday and Wednesday to decide on next steps in the standoff that began November 22 with Morsi's decrees that placed him above oversight of any kinds and escalated after the president's allies pushed through a draft constitution without the participation of liberals and Christians.

Tue
04
Dec
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Jihad Makdissi: Defected

 

Jihad Makdissi, the Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, has defected and will issue a statement explaining why, according to a statement said to come from his brother Sami.

Rami Abdulrahman, director of the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Makdissi left Beirut on Monday and was believed to be heading for London. But he did not know if he had arrived.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of reports of Makdissi's defection but it could not confirm that he was heading for London.

Meanwhile, Nadim Houry deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch reminds us how Makdissi dismissed reports of a massacre in Houla in May.

Mon
03
Dec
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Israeli's Provoke with Settlers Occupation

 

Five Israeli settlers entered a five-story building in the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem early Monday morning, apparently in an effort to establish a new settlement in this Palestinian area.

The building, which was erected in recent years, has remained largely empty, except for one Palestinian family living on the top floor.

At 2:00 A.M. on Monday, settler security forces entered the building, switched the locks to its entrance and settled inside. No confrontations were reported.

Residents of the neighborhood say the building was constructed by a Palestinian, but was apparently sold to one of the settler organizations operating in East Jerusalem. Another building not far from it was purchased by the Elad organization two years ago.

Sun
02
Dec
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Mexico's New President Promises Wealth

 

Enrique Peña Nieto became the president of Mexico on Saturday and outlined an ambitious plan to transform it into a middle-class society by taking on powerful monopolies and unions and reducing poverty, hunger and violence.

“We are a nation that grows at two speeds,” Peña Nieto said. “Some live in backward conditions and poverty, and others live in development. There are a great number of Mexicans who live day-to-day, worried over the lack of jobs, opportunities — conditions that have damaged the image of Mexico abroad, and we have to transform that Mexico.”

As he spoke, protests against the new government erupted in at least nine states and the capital, where men and women wearing ski masks vandalized businesses and recently renovated landmarks. More than 100 people were arrested.

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