Monthly Archives: September 2012

Obama condemns extremism during speech at United Nations

US President Barack Obama has urged global leaders to rally against extremism in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York. Mr Obama said it was the obligation of all leaders to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism, as he framed his speech with references to the US ambassador murdered in Libya. Mr Obama also again stressed the US would not allow Iran nuclear weapons. He said the US would “do what we must” to stop Tehran acquiring nuclear arms. Six weeks before the US election, the president said a nuclear-armed Iran was “not a challenge that can be contained”. Unrest across the Middle East is set … Continue reading

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Iran accuses Israel of trying to bully the US into war against it

Iran has accused Israel of ‘bullying the United States’ over the alleged threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, using the prospect of an Israeli military attack on Iran to force the hand of its much larger ally. Speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the idea that Israel might well attack on its own, over the objections of the United States, and said Israel itself was an inconsequential interloper with no rightful place in the Middle East. “I look at it from the outside and I see that a few occupying Zionists are threatening the government of the … Continue reading

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Obama thanks Egypt for protecting US embassy in Cairo

U.S. President Barack Obama has thanked the Egyptian president for securing the U.S. Embassy during protests against a film made in the United States that mocked Prophet Mohammad and sparked worldwide demonstrations and violence. Obama’s rival in the U.S. presidential race, Mitt Romney, called for a tougher line with Egypt after protesters scaled the compound wall and tore down the U.S. flag on September 11. Police clashed with demonstrators for four days after that incident and barriers were erected to stop them getting near the compound. In a letter, Obama repeated Washington’s condemnation of the film and said he looked forward to working with President Mohamed Morsi to build on … Continue reading

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Iranian dissidents convince U.S. to drop terror label

An Iranian opposition group that mounted an extraordinary lobbying campaign to get off the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations has succeeded in that goal, officials said Friday. The decision, by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was based in part on the recent cooperation of the group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Mujahedeen, in completing a move of more than 3,000 of its members out of its long-time location in Iraq, known as Camp Ashraf, said two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of an official announcement. A final convoy of 680 people from Ashraf arrived at Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad airport, on Sept. 16. … Continue reading

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30 dead as Syria bombs crowded gas station

At least 30 people, and possibly more than 100, were killed in Syria Thursday in the northern Raqqa Province, when government warplanes bombed a gas station crowded with people, according to activist groups. One activist near the scene of the attack said bombs struck a gas station in the town of Ayn Issa, near a border post that Syrian opposition fighters had captured two days ago. The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, a group based in Britain with a network of contacts in Syria, said that 110 people were either killed or wounded. If verified, the bombing would be one of the worst casualty tolls from the Syrian military’s use … Continue reading

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Harrier jet CO among the dead during deadly Taliban attack

A US Marine killed during the Taliban’s rampage at Camp Bastion has been identified as the commanding officer of a Harrier squadron and one of the highest-ranking foreign soldiers killed during the 11-year Afghan war. Lieutenant Colonel Chris Raible was one of two Marines who died when a squad of insurgents, dressed in US Army uniforms, made their spectacular incursion onto the base in Helmand Province which houses thousands of foreign troops, including Prince Harry.  The 15 insurgents, all of whom except one were killed, destroyed six Harrier jump jets and seriously damaged two others, during a protracted firefight with coalition forces and made it one of the Taliban’s most … Continue reading

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U.S. has no moral obligation to stop Israel attacking Iran – Bibi

Signalling a deepening dispute with Washington over issuing ultimatums for Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that those who won’t make such demands on Tehran “don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.” In a blistering response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement that the United States is “not setting deadlines” for Iran and that negotiations coupled with sanctions are the best approach, Netanyahu said that if no “red line” is established for Iran, it will continue pursuing an atomic bomb. Protesters threw shoes at a poster of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as demonstrations continued for a sixth day. “The … Continue reading

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Obama and Romney pull negative adverts to honour 9/11 victims

Across the country, Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, tolling church bells, pausing in silence to reflect and mourning the loss of the nearly 3,000 people who died. On the White House South Lawn, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bowed their heads at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. They later laid a wreath at the Pentagon, where the third plane struck. A flag was draped over the building to mark the day. Obama and Michelle had a moment of silence at the White House Tuesday morning to pay tribute to … Continue reading

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Clinton woos voters as he stumps for Obama’s re-election

Former US President Bill Clinton made the nation a big promise Wednesday night, pledging to those still struggling that their economic fortunes will turn around if they re-elect President Barack Obama.  “A lot of Americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy,” Clinton told a spellbound audience of delegates at Time Warner Cable Arena. “If you look at the numbers, you know that employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again, and a lot of housing prices are even beginning to pick up. But too many people do not feel it yet,” he said, and then vowed: “If you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. … Continue reading

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India’s ‘silent’prime minister becomes a tragic figure

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure. The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage. President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh. Ethnic violence between India’s Hindu Bodo tribes’ people and its Muslim minority has prompted many to flee from major cities. But the image of the scrupulously honourable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly … Continue reading

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