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Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns
Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012

Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns
The Greek parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.

Arab League proposes peacekeeping force, support for Syrian rebels

Al-Qaeda chief urges outside help for Syria rebels
The head of al-Qaeda is calling on Muslims across the Arab world and beyond to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and says they cannot depend on the West for help.

Arming the resistance can only increase the blood-letting
Patrick Cockburn: All the evidence points to sectarian civil war in Syria, but no one wants to admit it

Bahrain puts security forces on high alert before uprising anniversary
Bahrain deployed thousands of security forces Sunday to confront anti-government protesters ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising that seeks to loosen the ruling Sunni dynasty's monopoly on power.

Germany: Israeli military strike on Iran unlikely to succeed
In interview to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, German defense minister says an Israeli attack on Tehran's nuclear facilities would cause 'obvious political damage.'

Abbas: No Israel talks without settlement freeze
PA leader tells Arab League he will resume UN statehood bid if Bibi rejects conditions for jumpstarting process. PMO: He's turning his back on peace.

Pakistani Taliban decry attacks against military
Terrorists have called on fighters to honour an agreement not to attack the Pakistani military in the most important sanctuary for the Taliban and al Qaeda along the Afghan border.

Gaddafi's son 'on house arrest' in Niger
Authorities in Niger have put Al-Saadi Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, under house arrest after he said in a television interview that an uprising was imminent in his homeland, a Libyan official says.

Libya demands Niger hand over Gaddafi's son
Tripoli presses for Saadi Gaddafi's extradition, after former dictator's third son calls for new Libya uprising.

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