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Man Jailed In Israel Under False Name

Israel Prison

The justice ministry did not name the man - previously known as Prisoner X, and recently identified by Australian media as Ben Zygier - but said his family was notified of his detention.

He was held according to a court order and his rights were retained, it added.

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North Korea Moving Forward

North Korea

Not content with one big bang, in both cases a nuclear test followed within weeks. Each was roundly condemned by unanimous UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and sanctions applied.

A defiant North Korea rejected these and insisted on its right to a nuclear deterrent.

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Pope To Step Down

Pope Benedict

The Vatican said Pope Benedict was stepping down for health reasons.

Cardinal O'Brien welcomed the German, who became head of the Catholic Church in April 2005, to Scotland in September 2010.

He met the Queen in Edinburgh and celebrated Mass before 65,000 people at Bella Houston Park in Glasgow.

In a statement issued after news of the Pope's resignation, Cardinal O'Brien said: "Like many people throughout the world, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign. I know that his decision will have been considered most carefully and that it has come after much prayer and reflection.

"I will offer my prayers for Pope Benedict and call on the Catholic community of Scotland to join me in praying for him at this time of deterioration in his health as he recognizes his incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to him."

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U.S. Commander Change In Afghanastan

Gen. Allen

Marine Gen. John Allen relinquished command of coalition forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, expressing optimism about the nation's future but saying the world will keep a close watch on how the government handles next year's elections and whether it follows through on promised reforms.

"The big benchmark for all of us is going to be the election," Allen told reporters moments before a simple ceremony in which he handed the battle colors to another U.S. Marine general, Joseph Dunford.

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Bachchan Speaks out in Support of Hanging Afzal Guru


Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday hailing the decision to hang parliament attack convict Afzal Guru said it was important to follow law and order.

The 70-year-old Indian star told reporters in his office, “The law should be followed and respected by one and all. Whatever has been done, it has been done according to the law – whoever the accused may be – you, me or someone else.”

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Mali: Overnight Suicide Bombing

Suicide Bombing

Mali military officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up near group of soldiers, the first time rebels have resorted to the tactic since the French counter-offensive began in that country last month.

Officials say one soldier was wounded when the suicide bomber approached on a motorcycle and detonated his explosives at a Mali military checkpoint near the northern city of Gao Friday.

French-backed Malian forces have faced a rising level of resistance from Islamist rebels in northern Mali in recent days, after taking control of the region last month.

Earlier this week, Malian and French forces came under rocket fire attack in Gao. Four Malian soldiers also were killed when their vehicle hit a landmine in the area Wednesday.

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Iran Won't Move: No U.S. Negotiations

Iran won’t be coerced into holding direct negotiations with the U.S. while being threatened and simultaneously squeezed by Western sanctions, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

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Tunis: Chokri Belaid Shot Dead

Chokri Belaid

Relatives say Mr Belaid was shot in the neck and head on his way to work.
He was a prominent secular opponent of the moderate Islamist-led government and his assassination has sparked protests in towns around the country.
President Moncef Marzouki has cut short a visit to France and cancelled a scheduled appearance at a summit in Egypt to return home.

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Egyptians Refuse To Support Morsi Regime


Two years ago, on 25th January 2011, it began with a big dream: Millions of people went into the Cairo streets with the aim of toppling the dictatorial Mubarak regime and establishing a democracy in Egypt. All the groups participating in the demonstrations – whether Islamists, liberals or secularists – shared a vision of a different Egypt.

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North Korea Says Rocket Tests Would Target U.S.

North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its “sworn enemy”.
The announcement by the country’s top military body came a day after the UN Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached its bans.


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