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At Least 2 Dead in Escalating Yemen Clashes

At least two people were killed and at least five others were wounded Wednesday in Yemen as massive rallies continued demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen’s main

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Libyan Rebels Gain Ground in Misrata

Libyan rebels say they gained ground in the besieged port city of Misrata, while United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Libyan government stop its assault and allow

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Rockets Strike Libyan Capital

Explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Thursday, from what witnesses say were apparent NATO strikes. Libyan government officials say at least four rockets targeted a compound in the capital

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US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills 5 Militants

Pakistani officials say a U.S. drone aircraft has fired missiles at a vehicle in the northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at least five suspected militants. The officials

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Bin Laden Journal Discusses Terror Operations

U.S. officials say Osama bin Laden’s journal contains information about future terror plots, and shows the al-Qaida leader was communicating with other terrorists. The officials, who spoke on the condition

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Activists: Syrian Tanks, Troops Kill 19 People in South, West

Syrian rights activists say government forces have fired on residential areas in the south and west of the country, killing at least 19 people in a crackdown on protests against

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Obama to Deliver Mideast Policy Address

The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Barack Obama will deliver a speech, possibly before his upcoming European trip, to renew his outreach to the Muslim world and lay out

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Egyptian Islamist Calls for Tolerance of Coptic Christians

Violence between Egypt’s Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for tolerance from some unlikely sources. The allegiance of the men gathered outside a mosque in central Assyut

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Libya Cease-Fire

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he spoke to Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi by telephone Tuesday evening and conveyed his concerns about the need to protect the civilian population. “I

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Senegal Quranic School Puts Children First

Quranic schools in Senegal gained much unwanted attention last year with a damning report by Human Rights Watch that said many schools were enslaving their students to beg for money.