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Thousands attend rival rallies in Yemen | Al Jazeera English

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, both for and against president Ali Abdullah Saleh, raising fears fresh confrontations between the two sides. State television showed pictures on Friday of thousands of people on the streets near the presidential palace, waving flags and banners in support of the country’s leader. At the same time the ...

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UN chief chastises Israel at ‘crucial time’ in peace process | CSMonitor.com

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel yesterday to refrain from provocative actions at a “crucial time” in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as a September deadline set for a peace deal fast approaches. “The target dates for reaching an Israeli-Palestinian agreement on permanent status issues and completing the Palestinian Authority’s two-year state-building program are fast-approaching,” said Mr. Ban, speaking at ...

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Medvedev Warns Islamic Separatists | NYTimes.com

MOSCOW — A day after an unusual air attack on what officials here said was a militant base in Russia’s North Caucasus region, President Dmitri A. Medvedev warned separatist fighters in the mostly Muslim region to surrender or “be destroyed.” Read more here: Medvedev Warns Islamic Separatists – NYTimes.com.

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Israel West Bank Annexations Considered | The Huffington Post

JERUSALEM — Israel is considering annexing major West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday – moves that would deal a grave blow to prospects for negotiating a peace deal between the two sides. Israel has refrained from taking such a diplomatically explosive step for four decades. The fact ...

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Caught between status quo and power vacuum – Opinion | Al Jazeera

Disregarding the old adage that politics – like nature – abhors a vacuum, Benjamin Netanyahu could until now sing his own praise and declare that Israel under his premiership was an anchor of political stability, whereas the wider Middle East was fast sinking into a power vacuum. Most Israelis believed him. Now they wonder whether, in midterm, their own leader ...

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The Kill Team: How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses | Rolling Stone Politics

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them. Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a ...

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Long-term Afghan Presence Likely to Derail Peace Talks | Inter Press Service via Common Dreams

WASHINGTON – The announcement by U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defence Michele Flournoy in Congressional testimony Mar. 15 that the United States would continue to carry out “counter-terrorism operations” from “joint bases” in Afghanistan well beyond 2014 signaled that President Barack Obama has given up the negotiating flexibility he would need to be able to reach a peace agreement with the ...

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Arab peace initiative is another missed opportunity for Israel | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Today is the ninth anniversary of the approval of the Arab League Peace Initiative. Back then, all the Arab states followed by all member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, offered Israel the best deal the Jewish state has received since the Balfour Declaration. Read more here: Arab peace initiative is another missed opportunity for Israel – Haaretz ...

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