Politics & Corruption

People power: Thousands defy Spanish protest ban as demonstrations go on into the night

An order by the Spanish government banning protests after midnight last night was held up to ridicule when tens of thousands of demonstrators continued protesting after the curfew supposedly kicked in.

Egyptian Groups Call for Second Round of ‘Rage’ Protests on Lack of Change

Egyptian pro-democracy groups are calling for a second round of so-called “rage” protests on May 27 because of a lack of political progress and perceived failure to prosecute members of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Spain government rethinks ban as youth protests grow

Tracy Rucinski and Fiona Ortiz Reuters 21.05.2011
Spain government rethinks ban as youth protests grow

Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes.

Lagarde funding scandal threatens French ruling party’s ‘golden girl’

France’s ruling UMP party is facing further disrepute as the latest in a string of scandals threatens to tarnish the reputation of the party's golden girl, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde.

Obama: U.S. must 'change approach' to bridge division with Muslims

US President Barack Obama says the US has opened a "new chapter" in diplomacy after the Arab Spring uprisings. In a speech at the state department, Mr Obama said the future of the US was bound to the Middle East by forces of economics, security, h...

Medvedev warns West of new Cold War over missile deal

President Dmitry Medvedev warned Wednesday Russia could pull out a new nuclear disarmament treaty and enter a new Cold War with the West if the two sides failed to agree on a new missile defence shield.

Russia expels Israel's military attaché over espionage claims

Yossi Melman and Avi Sharf Haaretz 19.05.2011
Russia expels Israel's military attaché over espionage claims

Israel's military attaché in Moscow was arrested and expelled earlier this week, it was revealed on Wednesday, with sources saying that the top Israel Defense Forces officer was questioned over espionage suspicions.

Yemen transition deal falls through at last minute

Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam Yahoo! News 19.05.2011
Yemen transition deal falls through at last minute

A deal on a transition of power in Yemen fell through at the last minute on Wednesday, even as Washington stepped up pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign a Gulf-brokered agreement to ease him out of office.

Sarkozy's father says Carla Bruni pregnant

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's father was quoted by a German newspaper on Tuesday as saying that first lady Carla Bruni is expecting a child, apparently confirming the subject of weeks of speculation.

Pakistan's Gilani visits ally Beijing amid US rift

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani began a visit to China on Tuesday with his country's old ally looking more attractive after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden further strained Islamabad's ties with Washington.

Iran president takes over oil ministry temporarily

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he has temporarily assumed the duties of the oil ministry, as the oil cartel OPEC prepares for a biannual meeting in Vienna.

US alarmed by David Cameron's push for early Afghanistan withdrawal

Ben Farmer and James Kirkup Telegraph 17.05.2011
US alarmed by David Cameron's push for early Afghanistan withdrawal

David Cameron’s push for an early British withdrawal from Afghanistan has caused alarm in the US, raising fears for the Special Relationship.

Obama to Renew Muslim Outreach

JAY SOLOMON And CAROL E. LEE The Wall Street Journal 12.05.2011
Obama to Renew Muslim Outreach

President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death and embrac...

Russia marks Victory Day with vast parade

JIM HEINTZ Yahoo! News 10.05.2011
Russia marks Victory Day with vast parade

Tens of thousands of granite-faced soldiers marched in lockstep across Red Square Monday in Russia's annual Victory Day display of military might, while President Dmitry Medvedev said the country is committed to peace and global stability.

Dozens die in Syria's 'Day of Defiance'

Activists claim that up to 30 people have been killed in Syria where thousands have taken to the streets for another day of anti-government rallies, dubbed a "day of defiance".

'Khamenei tells Ahmadinejad: Reinstate intelligence chief or resign'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an ultimatum over the reinstatement of the country's intelligence chief, a local website reported Friday.

Angela Merkel slammed for joy over bin Laden killing

Several German politicians on Wednesday criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for expressing joy over the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, saying it sent the wrong message.

Muslim Brotherhood: U.S. troops should now quit Iraq, Afghanistan

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday that U.S. soldiers should be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks that led to two U.S.-led wars.

Tensions Rise as Hamas Refuses to Take Sides in Syria

ETHAN BRONNER The New York Times 03.05.2011
Tensions Rise as Hamas Refuses to Take Sides in Syria

Relations between the Palestinian group Hamas, which is based in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the Syrian authorities have been strained in recent weeks, mostly as a result of the antigovernment uprising there, with reports growing that Hamas ...

Gulf 'belongs to Iran': top military officer

A top Iranian military officer on Saturday denounced what he called an "Arab dictatorial front" and claimed that the "Persian Gulf has belonged to Iran for ever", media reports said.

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