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Fears Of Old Regime Haunt New Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 27 (UPI) — Though critics fear a return of the old system, a former regime official in Tunisia said openness is the path to reform. A protest suicide sparked the Jasmine Revolution in December that ended President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s tenure after more than 23 years in power. The government that […]

London Asks Yemen’s Saleh To Step Down

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — It’s a critical time for Yemen, the British foreign secretary said Wednesday, and London supports a GCC deal calling for the country’s president to step down. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains hospitalized in Saudi Arabia nearly two months after an attack on his presidential compound in Sanaa. Clinging to […]

No Islamic State In Egypt, SCAF Says

CAIRO, July 27 (UPI) — Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt aren’t trying to set up an Islamic state in the country, a member of the ruling military council said. Muslim Brotherhood members campaigned in last year’s election under the slogan “Islam is the Solution.” Its candidates took 20 percent of the seats in […]

Syria Proposes Draft Election Law

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 27 (UPI) — Though violence continued Wednesday, the Syrian government announced it approved a draft law on general elections as part of rolling reforms. The Syrian government approved a final draft bill that regulates parliamentary and local council elections. The law provides for a high committee consisting of five independent judges to […]

The Future Of Greece Remains Uncertain

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) — Despite a second bailout deal, the Greek debt crisis is far from over. “Turbulence could easily resurface,” Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund managing director, said Tuesday in her first major policy speech, touching on issues of sovereign debt around the world. Greece struck a deal last week to improve […]

Agencies Unite Against Transnational Crime

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) — The Obama administration’s new strategy to combat transnational organized crime gives the U.S. Treasury Department new sanctioning authority but it also stresses more joint efforts among federal agencies in dealing with the growing threat. At a news conference announcing the strategy Monday, John Brennan, assistant to the president for counter-terrorism […]

Norway: Homegrown Terror Still Threatens

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) — The sometimes overlooked danger of domestic terrorism hit home last week when a man went on a killing spree that left 76 people dead. Anders Behring Breivik, whom authorities said confessed to the shootings, was no convert to militant Islamism, no follower of deceased al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, no […]

NATO Seeks Urgent Exit Strategy In Libya

LONDON, July 26 (UPI) — NATO is seeking an urgent exit strategy from Libya that will end the fighting and decide the future of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, even if that means letting him stay in the country though out of power, it emerged Tuesday after British and French foreign ministers met in London. British […]

U.S. Issues Global Terrorism Warning

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that current information suggests al-Qaida or its sympathizers are planning attacks against Western interests in Europe. The State Department issued a world-wide caution against the potential for al-Qaida attacks on Western targets. “European governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attack and some […]

Trade May Top Agenda In Indo-Pak Talks

NEW DELHI, July 26 (UPI) — Expanding bilateral trade initiatives between India and Pakistan may be the first steps toward a peace initiative, a regional scholar said. India and Pakistan are to have another round of peace negotiations Wednesday in New Delhi. Both sides during preliminary discussions expressed optimism over the potential outcome. Chintamani Mahapatra, […]

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