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Gaza’s Hamas PM voices support for Syria protests

CAIRO – The Hamas prime minister of Gaza on Friday expressed support for Syrian protesters seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, the first time a senior Hamas leader has publicly rebuked the group’s longtime patron. Ismail Haniyeh said after Friday prayers at Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque that Hamas commends “the brave Syrian people that are moving toward democracy and reform.”…

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U.S. general calms troops after Afghanistan deaths

By Amir Shah and Patrick Quinn Associated Press Comments Afghan protesters shout anti-U.S slogans during a demonstration against Quran desecration in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 24. (Xinhua Kabul/Xinhua/Zuma Press) Kabul, Afghanistan- The top U.S. commander told his troops that now is not the time to seek revenge for the death of two Americans who were gunned down by an Afghan ...

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Chavez flies to Cuba for urgent tumour removal

President Hugo Chavez bid an emotional farewell laced with references to Jesus Christ and independence hero Simon Bolivar as he departed Venezuela on Friday for Cuba for urgent surgery to remove a tumour he says is probably malignant. Clasping the hand of his youngest daughter, Chavez addressed allies of his socialist political movement and troops standing at attention at the ...

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Illegal immigration factoring into presidential race in Arizona

Reporting from Tempe, Ariz.— As the Republican candidates argued onstage over one another’s conservative merit badges, Francisco Heredia balanced a laptop on his legs, waiting patiently to tweet. At any moment, he thought, they’ll try to show who is toughest on illegal immigrants. But when Wednesday night’s debate got to illegal immigration, some Latino activists found the rhetoric muted. “I ...

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Beijing indifferent to departure of Kevin Rudd as foreign minister

KEVIN Rudd's resignation as Foreign Minister has not had the Chinese wailing in the streets with sadness or disappointment. In fact commentary on China’s popular Twitter like micro-blogging networks has been largely negative towards the man who was the first foreign leader to speak Chinese. Mr Rudd’s resignation lead news bulletins on state run CCTV in the hours after his ...

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Tibet Cut Off From The Rest Of The World: Press Freedom Watchdog

By: Reporters Without Borders, Paris, France. Paris: – Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the blackout imposed by Chinese authorities on the provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai, as well as the autonomous region of Tibet, preventing all media coverage of protest movements there. To this we must add disinformation activities such as the recent hacking of the French-language weekly Courrier ...

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Kevin Rudd says ‘things have to change’ as he mounts leadership challenge

Australia’s former foreign minister, Kevin Rudd announces he will contest a leadership vote against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, bringing to a head the bitter rivalry engulfing the minority government. 560 315 TelegraphPlayer_9102769 8:20AM GMT 24 Feb 2012 Mr Rudd, who was ousted by Gillard in June 2010, said he was the best person to lead the governing Labor Party ...

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EU expects eurozone to suffer mild recession

* Signs point to a 0.3% slowdown, largely because of debt-related austerity measures. ASSOCIATED PRESS Olli Rehn, a top European Commission economic official, is predicting that the 17-nation eurozone will have a modest recession this year, despite recent signs of stabilization. While the contraction is expected to be relatively severe in Greece, the overall slowdown should be tempered by growth ...

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