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Russia widens anti-U.S. retaliation

Russia widened its retaliation against the United States, banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and warning of tit-for-tat measures against U.S. visitors over the spiralling human rights debate.

Prison clashes in Benghazi leave four dead

Security forces in Benghazi, Libya, said four people were killed in clashes when militants tried to free prisoners from a security complex.

HRW worries about backsliding Mali

The new civilian leadership in Mali needs to address rampant abuses or risk jeopardizing the country's political future, Human Rights Watch said.
Syria: Foreign meddling act of aggression

Syria: Foreign meddling act of aggression

Foreign support for violence in Syria "is tantamount to a military attack" on the country, a Syrian diplomat at the United Nations said.

Iraq's Maliki brushes off growing concerns

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused some in his government of exploiting the arrest of ministerial bodyguards for political purposes.

Peacekeepers monitoring tense South Sudan

U.N. peacekeepers were deployed to western South Sudan to protect civilians fleeing violent clashes, a mission spokesman said.

NGOs consider next step in Russia

U.S. pro-democracy groups might continue work on Russian issues but from other countries, an NGO official said following new restrictions.

U.S., South Korea review regional security

The incoming government in Seoul said it would work closely with the United States to ensure security prevails on the Korean Peninsula.

U.N. 'appalled' by eastern DRC violence

The United Nations is "highly concerned" and "appalled" at the violence that lingers in eastern DRC, a human rights spokesman said Friday.

Rwandan fugitives remain, U.S. warns

The U.S. government welcomed the 35-year prison sentence for a Rwandan minister convicted on genocide charges but fugitives remain at-large, a spokeswoman said.

Egyptians clash ahead of weekend vote

An Egyptian government spokesman said peace should prevail but riot police in Alexandria fired tear gas at demonstrators ahead of voting for a new constitution.

Park puts security top concern for Seoul

South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye put top priority on national security, saying North Korea's successful long-range rocket launch shows the "grave" situation between the two Koreas.

Lula faces probe in cash-for-votes scandal

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces investigation in a swirling corruption controversy that seems to be catching up with him after two years.
Assad regime squeezed by 'unrelenting' war

Assad regime squeezed by 'unrelenting' war

"Unrelenting violence in Syria" has lead to thousands of civilian deaths and destruction on a "massive scale," a commission of inquiry found.

Israel's air force gets ready for a blitz

Israel's air force, the Jewish state's strike arm, was reported Thursday to be planning massive, pulverizing strikes against foes who bombard the country with missiles.

Former Rwandan leader jailed for genocide

A tribunal judge said Thursday that former Rwanda Planning Minister Augustin Ngirabatware was sentenced to 35 years in prison on genocide charges.
Seoul's new leader wary of North Korea

Seoul's new leader wary of North Korea

A rocket launch by North Korea is an indication of how serious the situation on the Korean Peninsula is, South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye said.
Weak Afghan system complicates transition

Weak Afghan system complicates transition

There's a weak system of government below the central level that's inhibiting gains in Afghanistan, the U.N. special envoy to the country said.

Peacekeepers on alert in South Sudan

U.N. peacekeepers were deployed in South Sudan where a witness said police killed at least four people protesting against the government.
Arab Spring presents new terror challenges

Arab Spring presents new terror challenges

Washington sees a resurgence of state support for terrorist groups amid the changing political landscape of the Middle East, an official said.

Central African Republic may be failing

The number of parties to recent conflicts in the Central African Republic has made humanitarian missions there "very complex," the ICRC said.

U.N. cites Syria in backing Golan mandate

The U.N. Security Council expressed concern about the Syrian war when it made a unanimous decision to extend the mandate for a Golan Heights observer force.

U.S. eyes Rwandan role in DRC

The U.S. Defense Department is watching foreign supporters of a rebel movement in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said.

Rights focus urged for EU-Russia summit

Human rights advocates are urging the European Union to demand that Russia relent on its internal crackdown on dissent at this week's summit in Brussels.

Iraq faces turmoil if ailing leader dies

If Iraq's stricken president, onetime guerrilla leader Jalal Talabani, dies or is permanently incapacitated following his stroke, the violence-torn country faces political turmoil a year and a day after U.S. military forces completed their withdrawal.
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