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Newsweek

In Russia, the ghosts of the past refuse to die. This month, several hundred mourners gathered in the Moscow suburb of Butovo at a mass grave of 20,000 victims of Joseph Stalin's purges. As priests chanted a liturgy for the the dead

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AFP

Leaders of Iraq's disenchanted Sunni Arab community on Friday slammed the new Shiite and Kurdish alliance formed to salvage Prime Minister Nur al-Maliki's national unity government. Maliki and President Jalal Talabani, however, made fresh at

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AFP

A Chinese rights activist has been sentenced to four years in jail for subversion after posting politically sensitive essays on the Internet. A court convicted Chen Shuqing of inciting subversion, always maintained his innocence. "We think the s

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Financial Times

Confronted by the gravest crisis of his eight-year rule, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, faces an ever-shrinking menu of options. In recent weeks he has spent much of his time shut away in his military camp in Rawalpindi, surrounded by self-i

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Reuters

North Korea is seeking foreign help after massive flooding left hundreds dead or missing and swept away many buildings, a U.N. aid agency spokesman said. North Korea, which has struggled with chronic food shortages for years, said in a report early

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ABC News Blog

A manhunt is on in Afghanistan for the man President Hamid Karzai wanted to name head of his country's border police. ABC News has learned, following the discovery that the official owned a care filled with heroin intercepted by members

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Asia Times

The ongoing three-day peace jirga(council) involving hundres of tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan is aimed at identifying and rooting out Taliban and al-Qaeda militaqncy on both sides of the border. This was to be followed up

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AP

Russian bombers have flown to the island of Guam - home to a major US military base - for the first time since the Cold War in an exercise intended to show the Kremlin's resurgent military power, an air force general said Thursday.

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Reuters

[Who are the CIA supporting now?] Syria is facing a violent campaign by Islamist militants and six border soldiers died in attacks launched from inside Iraq. Syria publicly disclosed details of the fight against militants, which has intensified this

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Independent

As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse. "It could g

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Oil Change International

Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign investment by a factor of two to one, according to a poll released today. Iraqis are united in this view: There are no ethnic, sectarian, or georgraphical groups that prefer foreign

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AP

Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings - leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions. Meanwhile

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ABC News

Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the nation grid, officials said Saturday. Electricity Ministry spokesman

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Financial Times

Pakistan on Thursday night warned that the groundbreaking civil nuclear co-operation agreement between the US and India risked triggering an arms race in south Asia, in a statement likely to inflame already tense relatioins with Washington.

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Telegrapah

(Britain and America leads, tyrannts follow) In most cities, smoking bans are intended to protect the non-smoking majority from the minority who insist on lighting up. In Pyongyang, the latest and most unlikely international capital to be subject t

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Press Gazette

New Zealand's Parliament has voted itself far-reaching powers to control satire and ridicule of MP's in Parliament, attracting a storm of media and academic criticism. The new standing orders, voted in last month, concern the use of images o

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Counterpunch

Two thousand Iraqis are fleeing their homes every day. It is the greatest mass exodus of people ever in the Middle East and dwarfs anything seen in Europe since the Second World War.

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Washington Post

Pakistan will do what it takes to eliminate extremists operating in the country for its own sake, not because of rising pressure from the US, according to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Aziz said in an interview this week that efforts to force Pakista

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Financial Times

Iraq's government has missed its deadline to compile a list of people eligible to vote in a December referendum that will determine the fate of a large, oil-rich and bitterly disputed swathe of the country, officials of northern Iraq's Kurdis

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New York Times

During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq's prime minister could not be trusted. One purported to be an early alert from the prime minister

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