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U.S. takes Iranian dissident group MeK off terrorist list NEW YORK — The Obama administration has taken the Mujahideen-e-Khalq off the U.S. terrorist blacklist culminating an expensive PR campaign by the Iranian dissidents.
Myanmar leader hails democratic reform UNITED NATIONSMyanmar’s president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that no one can reverse the democratic reforms that have helped his nation shed its international pariah status over the past 18 months.
Netanyahu to U.N.: It’s 11th hour on Iran nukes UNITED NATIONS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned world leaders Thursday that Iran could make a nuclear weapon by spring, and called on them to draw a “red line” to stop the Islamic regime.
Iranian president hurls insults with less fury UNITED NATIONSIran’s president complained Wednesday about threats of military action from “uncivilized Zionists” and intimidation by nuclear-armed “hegemonic powers” in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
Obama’s camp calls Libya hit ‘terrorism’ UNITED NATIONS — The Obama administration said Wednesday it now thinks the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya was linked to an affiliate of al Qaeda — an evaluation that comes two weeks after the strike and as the White House has struggled to defend its initial read on the situation.
U.N. chief alarmed by ‘war talk,’ Syrian crisis UNITED NATIONSU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed alarm at the “shrill war talk” between Iran and Israel, and urged leaders to cool their rhetoric.
World leaders clash over Syria UNITED NATIONS — Sharp differences on how to end Syria’s civil war surfaced at the United Nations on Tuesday, as an Arab ruler urged total support for Syrian rebels soon after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admonished nations not to arm either side in the conflict.
Pakistani president fires back at critics over terror fight UNITED NATIONS — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday slammed critics who say his country has not done enough in the fight against terrorists and blamed U.S. drone attacks against suspected terrorists for complicating efforts to win hearts and minds.
Afghan president Karzai blasts anti-Islam film UNITED NATIONS — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the production of an anti-Islam film and publication of cartoons perceived as insulting to Muslims cannot be justified as freedom of speech or expression, but that they also must not be used as an excuse for violence.
A Faux Wood PlankU.S. election year. Indian remedies to a fever-pitch outsourcing debate.
U.S. to take Iranian dissident group off terrorist list The Obama administration intends to take off its list of foreign terrorist groups an Iranian opposition group that was given shelter by Saddam Hussein in Iraq and has renounced violence.
Clinton denounces violent anti-film protests in Pakistan Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday denounced deadly protests in Pakistan against an anti-Islam film and said “responsible leaders” must condemn the violence.
Suu Kyi calls for release of Russian punk rock band Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday called for the release of three female members of a Russian punk rock band jailed for interrupting a ceremony inside a Moscow cathedral to protest President Vladimir Putin.
Myanmar reform leader Suu Kyi praised on Hill President Obama on Wednesday met with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who earlier was awarded Congress‘ highest honor at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda that brought together Senate and House leaders from both sides of the political aisle as well as two former first ladies.
Suu Kyi calls for easing US sanctions against Myanmar Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi wants the US to ease remaining sanctions on her country. “I do support the easing of sanctions because I think that our people should start taking responsibility for their own destiny,” Suu Kyi said at the US Institute of Peace on Tuesday.
Suu Kyi backs lifting of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that she supported the easing of U.S. sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation even though democratic reforms in her country had only cleared the first hurdle.
Nobel activist to warn U.S. of too much faith in Myanmar One of Asia’s most prominent democracy advocates will warn the Obama administration and members of Congress on a visit to Washington this week against “reckless optimism” over the chance for real political reform in her native Myanmar.
Nobel activist to warn U.S. of too much faith in Myanmar One of Asia’s most prominent democracy advocates will warn the Obama administration and members of Congress on a visit to Washington this week against “reckless optimism” over the chance for real political reform in her native Myanmar.
Stevens ‘was one of us’ to his friends in LibyaTo most Libyans, J. Christopher Stevens was one of them. The U.S. ambassador had stood by them, as they rose up and toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s regime last year. What they cherished most was his unwavering optimism about their future.
U.S., Libya to probe violence after slaying of ambassadorU.S. and Libyan officials launched investigations Wednesday into a deadly nighttime attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, trying to determine whether it was a premeditated assault by Muslim militants or a mob enraged by a U.S.-produced film that derides Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
Libyan officials condemn, apologize for attack on U.S. ConsulateLibyan officials on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in attackThe U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after armed men stormed the U.S. diplomatic mission in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday.
Libyans burn U.S. Consulate in Benghazi; U.S. official killedA U.S. official was killed and others injured when an armed mob attacked the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s eastern port city of Benghazi on Tuesday.
Performer says South Sudanese police beat, robbed himAn internationally acclaimed South Sudanese hip-hop artist and peace activist says he was beaten and robbed by police while visiting his homeland to promote peace.
Gingrich urges U.S. to seek regime change in Iran through dissidentsA preemptive military strike is unlikely to destroy Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons sites, so the United States must embrace a policy of regime change in Tehran that involves aiding opposition groups, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Monday.
Taliban accuse U.S. of ‘unjust’ war in AfghanistanThe U.S. used the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks as an “illegal pretext” for an “unjust” war on Afghanistan, the Taliban said in a statement on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the attacks.
Prez Obama unites hope with realism in pitch for re-election US President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for a second term in office telling Americans that when they pick up the ballot to vote in November they will "face the clearest choice of any time in a generation."
Clinton backs Obama for second term Wednesday night belonged to Bill Clinton. The two-term former US President, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brought the house to its feet as he passionately laid out the case for re-electing Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America and meticulously punched holes in the Republican nominee’s agenda.
Michelle urges Americans to give ‘man we can trust’ another term  Democrats on Tuesday kicked off their party's national convention with a passionate appeal from First Lady Michelle Obama to Americans to give her husband another four years in the White House, while other speakers made the case why Republican challenger Mitt Romney "doesn't get it."

Former Gadhafi spy chief extradited to LibyaMauritania extradited Moammar Gadhafi’s former spy chief back to Libya on Wednesday, prompting calls from an international human rights group that he be tried before the International Criminal Court.
Sudanese activist says uprising is imminentA Sudanese man who traveled to South Sudan in May to help rebuild a church and ended up being arrested, tortured and charged with terrorism while on a trip north to Sudan, says his countrymen are mobilizing to topple the regime in Khartoum and desperately need U.S. support.