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UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

BEIRUT (AP) — Several United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines who were abducted by Syrian rebels said in videos posted online Thursday that they are safe and sound, even as activists reported clashes and shelling in the area where U.N. troops are being held. Opposition fighters detained 21 Filipino peacekeepers near the village of Jamlah […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Beirut: 7 March 2013 Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group. A young man saying he was from the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade said the convoy would not be released […]

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Algae ‘island’ blooms off Western Australia

Algae ‘island’ blooms off Western Australia

An algal bloom the size of the southern Australian island of Tasmania has been stirred up in the wake of tropical cyclone Rusty, an expert said Wednesday. The powerful storm hit Western Australia last week, bringing torrential rains and wild seas to the major iron ore hub in the resource-rich Pilbara. In its wake it […]

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Hugo Chavez popularity tested after Arab Spring

Hugo Chavez popularity tested after Arab Spring

Many Arabs lost respect for the Venezuelan leader after he backed despots during Arab uprisings While the Arab world was certainly intrigued by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during his earlier tenure, many lost interest in the controversial leader during his final years. Before the Arab Spring, the Arab world’s role models were few. Palestinians were […]

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Egypt women wage war against ‘sexual terrorism

Egypt women wage war against ‘sexual terrorism

Faced with a spike in sexual violence against female protesters, Egyptian women are overcoming stigma and recounting painful testimonies to force silent authorities and a reticent society to confront ‘sexual terrorism.’ The victims of the attacks have been talking openly about their ordeals, insisting they will not be intimidated by a campaign they believe is […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Scientists report big jump in heat-trapping CO2

Scientists report big jump in heat-trapping CO2

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees (1.2 C) as many global leaders have hoped, new federal figures show. Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the world’s economy revving up and burning more fossil […]

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Syrian activists say northern city fully liberated

Syrian activists say northern city fully liberated

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say rebels have seized key security buildings in the northern city of Raqqa where opposition fighters had been battling the last pockets of resistance by government troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strategic city on the Euphrates is now completely under rebel control. If confirmed, it […]

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Massive winter storm grounds 2,600 US flights

Massive winter storm grounds 2,600 US flights

A massive winter storm pounding the northern United States Tuesday grounded 2,600 flights, closed hundreds of schools and made roadways and highways impassible. At least four people were reportedly killed in accidents on icy and snow covered roads and highways. More than a dozen states from Minnesota to Virginia were in the path of the […]

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Syrian jets bomb northern city overrun by rebels

Syrian jets bomb northern city overrun by rebels

Syrian jets bombed opposition-held buildings Tuesday in the strategic northern city of Raqqa, a day after rebels overran the onetime regime stronghold and captured its provincial governor. A toppled statue of President Bashar Assad’s father was defaced with graffiti reading, ‘Tomorrow will be better.’ The rebels continued to battle pockets of government troops in Raqqa, […]

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Human rights body oversees trial of 94

Human rights body oversees trial of 94

The Emirates Human Rights Association attended and kept a close watch on the trial of 94 Emirati suspects, including 13 women and 10 people on the run, who have been charged with joining an illegal clandestine organisation that planned to seize power in the country. The hearing, which was held in Abu Dhabi on Monday, […]

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