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  • Egypt police criticized over death of female protester, blamed for ignoring pleas to help her

    Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.
  • The language of austerity is eroding

    PARIS -- The European Union can see a ribbon of the light of dawn upon the horizon. Years of trudging through an economic slough of despond, guarded by German warders, have left the states of the European Union's south near to despair. This is true of...

    UN, US praise Congo parliament after approval of amended law

    KINSHASA, Congo The United Nations and U.S. praised the Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament for approving an amended version of an electoral law as calm returned to the capital, Kinshasa, after protests last week that left as many as 40 people dead....

    In interview, Syrian president dismisses negotiations with 'puppets' as Moscow talks to begin

    Russia and Syria played down any hopes of a breakthrough in talks set to begin Monday in Moscow, while much of the opposition shied away. The four-day gathering in Moscow, billed as a meeting to "establish personal contact" between some opposition...

    Clashes over Arab Spring anniversary leave 18 dead in Egypt

    Demonstrations marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising were marred by bombings and clashes with authorities that saw at least 18 people killed and 50 injured, most of them in northern sections of Cairo. The deadliest violence Sunday took...