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Libyan Opposition to Meet With US Officials

A delegation from Libya’s Transitional National Councilsits down for talks with U.S. officials in Washington on Friday, a day after getting a major political boost from Britain. The opposition group

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Yemeni President Vows to Stay, At Least 2 Dead in Protests

  Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told supporters in Sana’a he has no immediate plans of leaving his post, while thousands of anti-government activists in the capital rallied for

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At Least 1 Dead as Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters

Human rights groups say at least one person has been killed after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters Friday in the central city of Homs. VOA’s Susan Yackee speaks

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Palestinians Prepare to ‘Mourn’ Israel’s Creation

Palestinians have announced plans to begin a series of marches and rallies on Friday leading up to Sunday’s commemoration of what they call Naqba (catastrophe), the anniversary of the creation

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Libyan Refugees Describe Brutalizing Boat Ordeal

Survivors of a boat that left Tripoli on March 25 describe the brutalizing ordeal they and their fellow passengers were forced to endure on this perilous journey.  The U.N. refugee

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Bin Laden’s Operational Role Debated

It is widely agreed that the plot to mount terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 sprung from the mind of Osama bin Laden. But less certain

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Egyptian Muslims, Copts Dampen Religious Feuds

Tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have boiled over into sporadic violence for many years, but the dramatic changes in the country have brought the issue once again to

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ICC Prosecutor Seeks Libya Arrest Warrants

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will seek arrest warrants next week for three people considered responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya. Luis Moreno-Ocampo did not

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In flashpoint Syrian city, another day of shelling

[Updated at 9:19 a.m.]A few dozen tanks fired shells and a curfew was imposed Saturday in the restive Syrian city of Daraa, the site of ongoing clashes between security forces

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Obama has OK’d use of drones in Libya, Gates says

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. Gates told CNN the unmanned Predators would allow for “some