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Syrian troops advance against rebels in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Heavy clashes between President Bashar Assad s forces and rebels broke out Sunday on the edge of the Syrian capital, where the government has been pushing its offensive to retake key districts that have been in opposition hands for months. The Syrian military has seized the momentum in the nation s civil war over the past three months, …

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Israeli leader vows to keep weapons from Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel s prime minister insisted Sunday that he will not allow “dangerous weapons” to reach Lebanon s Hezbollah militants, following reports that Israel recently carried out an airstrike in northern Syria against a shipment of advanced missiles. The airstrike in Latakia reportedly targeted Russian Yakhont anti-ship missiles, one of the types of advanced weapons that Israeli officials have previously …

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16 soldiers dead in Lebanon clashes

BEIRUT (AP) – Lebanese army units battled followers of a hard-line Sunni cleric holed up in a mosque complex in a southern port city on Monday, the second day of fighting that has left at least 16 soldiers dead, the military said. The clashes in Sidon, Lebanon s third-largest city some 40 kilometers south of Beirut, are the latest bout of …

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Russia raises questions on non-nuclear US weapons

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Friday that conventional weaponsmust be taken into account when Washington and Moscow meet to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposal to make radical reductions in their nuclear arsenals. Obama said Wednesday in a speech in Berlin that he wants U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles reduced by one-third, more than required by a treaty that took effect two years …

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CIA and the US military operatives train rebels in Turkey and Jordan – report

The CIA and US special operational troops and have been secretly training Syrian rebels at bases in Jordan and Turkey since November 2012. Up to 100 from all over Syria have gone through courses in the last month alone, according to US media reports. At the two-week courses trainees are taught to use Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, as …

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US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – In a major breakthrough, the Taliban and the U.S. announced Tuesday that they will hold formal talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan but President Barack Obama warned the process won t be quick or easy.   The comments came on a day in which Afghan forces took the …

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Budget 2013: Once again Billions eschewed in the name of subsidy

(Lahore) The Punjab Government is making high claims on the Budget 2013 for the province. The total volume of the budget is 897 Billion rupees. Contrary to the statements issued by the various sectors the budget is claimed to be a very balanced one. The government has announced a number of taxes and cancellation of discretionary grants to the Ministers …

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Putin: “Western Countries Support in Syria Same Forces They Fight in Mali”

Awaz News: The Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the Western powers are fighting in the African state of Mali the same forces they are supporting in Arab state of Syria against the President Bashar al-Assad.   “The West is supporting some forces in Syria while fighting them in Mali,” he stated in an interview with the state-run “Russia …

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Facebook got 9,000-10,000 government data requests in second half 2012

Awaz News: The Internet giant said on Friday that the requests, which involved 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts, covered issues from minor crime to national security.    The disclosure comes after the British daily The Guardian on June 6 revealed a top secret US court order that allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect data on millions …

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Rouhani Wins Iran’s Presidential Election

Awaz News: Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced Saturday evening that from a total number of 36,704,156 ballots cast in Iran’s 11th presidential election on Friday June 14, Rouhani won 18,613,329 votes, accounting for 52.49% of the votes cast in the election, while his main rival Mohammad Qalibaf could secure only 6,077,292 votes.   Hassan Rouhani, born on November …

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