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Bahrain opposition starts F1 protests week


Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated on Sunday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state.

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Annan hails Syria 'calm,' foes trade charges


Peace envoy Kofi Annan said a ceasefire in Syria appeared to be holding on its first day on Thursday, as the Syrian government and its foes traded charges of trying to wreck his peace plan.

Yet Annan

New clashes mar lead up to Bahrain Grand Prix

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Bahrainis wielding knives and sticks attacked Shiite villagers overnight, witnesses said on Wednesday, as pressure grew for this month's Formula One race in the Sunni-ruled state to be cancelled over

Wave of Tibet immolations among history's biggest


Dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year to protest Chinese rule, sometimes drinking kerosene to make the flames explode from within, in one of the biggest waves of political

Tens of thousands pack Madrid in general strike


Spanish police fired rubber bullets on Thursday to disperse a crowd in Barcelona after bins were set ablaze on the sidelines of demonstrations backing a general strike.

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Anna begins fast; attacks 'deaf and dumb' govt

Anna Hazare on Sunday returned to his favourite mode of protest - hunger strike - in Delhi after his flop show in Mumbai three months ago, this time protesting against the ‘deaf and dumb’ government w

Hazare has right to fast but making law Parliament's job: Congress

With Anna Hazare observing a one-day fast at Jantar Mantar demanding justice for whistleblowers, Congress on Sunday said while the activist has every right to sit on fast, the authority to make laws l

Clashes flare in Bahrain on Arab Spring anniversary


Shi'ite Muslims clashed with riot police in villages across Bahrain on Thursday, the anniversary of a government crackdown last year on a pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf Arab state.

Witnesses said

Nasheed to take political fight to Parliament


Ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday vowed to take his fight with the new regime to the country's Parliament and even threatened to launch a civil disobedience movement.

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Egyptians rally against defiant military rulers


Thousands of people rallied outside Egypt's defence ministry Friday calling for the military rulers' ouster a day before a civil disobedience campaign marking Hosni Mubarak's overthrow a year ago.


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