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11 Jul 11
Syria opens 'national dialogue' with opposition
The Syrian government is holding a two-day meeting with members of the ruling Baath party and its opponents. The government says the Damascus meeting will begin discussion of possible reforms, including multi-party elections and a new media law. But many opposition leaders and protest organisers have refused to attend.
Misleading data target gun owners in scandal that could rock Obama
Under the Obama administration, a controversial government project that runs guns into Mexico has contributed to fraudulent statistics seemingly targeting U.S. gun owners. The misleading data raise questions about the intentions of Project Gunrunner, which some believe could be a defining scandal for the White House.
Pakistan: US aid cut will not harm fight against terror
Pakistan's army spokesman has said a cut in US military aid will not affect its ability to combat terror groups. Gen Athar Abbas told the BBC that Islamabad had not yet been officially told of the reason for the $800m (£500m) cuts or what they would entail. The money equates to about a third of the annual US security aid to Pakistan.
China: EU bailout leaves 'fundamental problems' unresolved
China's ambassador to the EU has said Greece might default despite EU and IMF efforts, but indicated that Beijing will continue to support the single currency. "Despite the recent payment of €12 billion by the EU and IMF, some of the fundamental problems in Greece have not yet been resolved ... People are still discussing if there will be a restructuring [of Greek debt] or a default, obviously a restructuring would have much smaller negative consequences," ambassador Song Zhe told press at an event in Brussels on Friday (8 July).
Top eurozone officials meet amid alarm on Italy
Top eurozone officials are meeting on Monday (11 July) morning to discuss the debt crisis in the 17-nation single currency region amid concerns that it could spread to Italy. European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet, EU monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn, eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, are attending the specially-convened event in Brussels.
'Israel painted as bad guy to speed Lebanese drilling'
Following the cabinet’s decision on Sunday to approve a demarcation of the country’s northern maritime borders for UN submission, an energy policy expert said that Lebanese claims to Israeli exploratory territory may be fueled by a need to position Israel as the “bad guy” in order to get its own laws on the matter passed faster.
US defense chief warns of Iran supplying weapons in Iraq
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday the United States is concerned about Iran providing weapons to Iraq militants and will take unilateral action when needed to deal with the threat. Fourteen US military personnel were killed in Iraq in June, the highest monthly toll in three years.
Mideast Quartet meets to avoid looming crisis
Envoys from the Middle East diplomatic Quartet meet on Monday in Washington in one of the final attempts to avoid a major confrontation at the United Nations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
In Israel, diggers unearth the Bible's bad guys
The city of Gath, where the annual digging season began this week, is helping scholars paint a more nuanced portrait of the Philistines, who appear in the biblical story as the perennial enemies of the Israelites.
Small tsunami reaches Japan after major quake
Small tsunami waves reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan Sunday after a major quake hit the region heavily damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Somalia Drought is Worst Humanitarian Crisis
The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world after meeting with refugees who endured unspeakable hardship to reach the world's largest refugee camp.
Deadlocked Debt Talks to Resume as Clock Ticks
Negotiations at the White House deadlocked Sunday as the president continued to push his "grand bargain" -- $4 trillion plan that includes tax increases and changes to Medicare and Medicaid and took a short-term idea off the table, a source close to the discussions told Fox News.
IMF chief calls on US to raise borrowing limit
The International Monetary Fund's new chief foresees "real nasty consequences" for the U.S. and global economies if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.
Geithner says hard times to continue for many
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT'-nur) says many Americans will face hard times for a long time to come.
Palestinians are preparing for September, but is Israel?
A simulation exercise by Palestinians, designed to help them assess what will happen after the UN vote in September, leads to a few conclusions. One is that widespread violence is possible - but not inevitable or desired.
Slow progress at Fukushima plant 4 months after disaster
Four months after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still grappling with the crisis the disaster unleashed but say they are making slow progress.
Top US military official in China to improve ties
The top military officers from China and the United States are meeting in an attempt to improve relations amid tensions in the disputed South China Sea. The visit to China by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the first of its kind in four years. Mullen and top Chinese general Chen Bingde are trying to improve military-to-military ties after setbacks over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, cyberattacks traced to China and concern about Beijing's military plans.
Gonorrhoea strain found to be 'resistant to antibiotics'
A new strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea has become resistant to antibiotics, international research shows. Analysis of the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea found a new variant which is very effective at mutating.
Cyprus: Eight dead in blast near Zygi naval base
At least eight people have been killed in a blast at a munitions dump in southern Cyprus. Early reports said a fire broke out near the Evangelos Florakis naval base at Zygi in the early hours of the morning.
White House: US suspending $800M in Pakistan aid
President Barack Obama has ordered the suspension of $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military, his chief of staff said Sunday, as part of what experts say is a tougher line with a critical U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism. Top aide William Daley described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "difficult" and said it must be made "to work over time." But he added that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give" Pakistan.
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