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2013 Might Change the World

'Economist' editorial says both democracies, dictatorships better be wary

(Newser) - Might 2013 turn out to be an epochal year in world history? The editors at the Economist wouldn't be surprised, citing ever-growing protests on multiple continents. The demonstrations have different origins—bus fares in Brazil, development in Turkey, austerity in Europe, "pretty much everything" in the "perma-protest"... More »

US Pledges $30M More in Syria Aid

France formally recognizes opposition coalition

(Newser) - Two pieces of good news this week for the newly-formed Syria opposition coalition : France became the first Western country to officially recognize it as the only valid representative of the Syrian people, and the US pledged $30 million in humanitarian aid. Hillary Clinton pledged the additional aid today at a... More »

Bahrain Bans All Protests

Kingdom moves to quash pro-democracy rallies

(Newser) - Bahrain has imposed emergency-style rules banning all protest gatherings and threatening legal action against groups considered to be backing escalating demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom. The order, announced by the Interior Ministry, is the most sweeping attempt to quash the kingdom's anti-government uprising since martial law... More »

Syrian Army Agrees to Holiday Truce

Ceasefire in effect for Eid al-Adha

(Newser) - The Syrian military says it will cease military operations for four days starting tomorrow in observance of a major Muslim holiday. In the announcement read on state TV today, however, the army said it would still respond to gunfire or roadside bombs and keep rebels from bolstering their positions or... More »

Now Syrian Rebels Have Missiles

Meanwhile, war reaches Damascus, the wealthy

(Newser) - This could change things: Some Syrian rebels now have antiaircraft missiles, rebels and regional officials say. Video footage appears to show the rebels using such weapons, which have been smuggled into the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rebels say they downed a military helicopter yesterday, one of at least... More »

Eyes on Syria, US Military Now in Jordan

Outpost is closest American presence to Syria

(Newser) - The US military now has a presence in Jordan, less than 35 miles from the Syrian border, that it secretly set up this summer; more than 150 specialists are stationed there. Right now, the mission is focused on helping Jordan deal with tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, but it'... More »

NATO Ready to Defend Turkey in Syria Conflict

Border conflict continues for sixth day

(Newser) - As Turkey continued firing back at Syria for a sixth day today after a Syrian shell crossed the border and killed five civilians last week, NATO says it is prepared to defend Turkey. The alliance has "all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary,"... More »

Turkey OKs Military Ops in Syria as Shelling Continues

Syria apologizes for civilian deaths

(Newser) - Turkey continued shelling Syria for a second day today, reportedly killing several government soldiers, after Syrian shells killed at least five civilians in a Turkish border town yesterday. In what a prime minister's aide calls a warning to Syria, Turkey's parliament today authorized military operations inside Syria, even... More »

Reporter Killed by Sniper in Syria During Live Broadcast

As military HQ is hit by 2 explosions

(Newser) - Damascus has been rocked by bombings for the past two days, with at least two large blasts hitting Syria's military headquarters there this morning. The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the attack, said to be the largest since July explosions killed President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and other... More »

Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured

Pakistani official offers $100K for filmmaker's murder

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Bangladesh today as rage over an anti-Islamic film continued to inflame the Muslim world, the Guardian reports. Scores were hurt in the nation's capital, Dhaka, when protesters threw stones and police fired back with teargas and batons. Police also arrested dozens of... More »

20 Dead in Pakistan Protests

Sanctioned day of rage gets violent, as US airs ads condemning video

(Newser) - Pakistan's government declared today a national holiday specifically so people could go out and protest The Innocence of Muslims—but that official sanction hasn't kept things calm. Demonstrations in Karachi and Peshawar left 20 dead and more than 100 injured as protesters torched movie houses, police cars, and... More »

So Much for Obama's 'Reset' With Muslims

Charles Krauthammer is blaming Obama's weakness for the protests

(Newser) - Back in 2009, Barack Obama gave a much-lauded speech in Cairo promising a "new beginning" between the US and the Muslim world, based on "mutual respect." Charles Krauthammer found that "curious, as over the previous 20 years, America had six times committed its military forces on... More »

German Anti-Islam Group Plans to Screen Movie

Government wrestles with free speech vs. public safety

(Newser) - An anti-Muslim organization in Germany plans a public screening of the controversial movie the Innocence of Muslims, reports the Christian Science Monitor . Officials in Germany are weighing whether the screening should be banned for the sake of public safety, or whether forbidding it would violate free-speech rights. The small right-wing... More »

Egypt Orders Arrest of Filmmaker, Terry Jones

It issues warrants for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and others

(Newser) - Egypt wants Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is allegedly behind the anti-Muslim film that sparked protests across the Islamic world, behind bars—or worse. Cairo authorities ordered the arrest of Nakoula and six other Egyptian Coptic Christians living in the US, all of whom they say were involved with the Innocence ... More »

Hezbollah Chief Leads Huge Protest

Hassan Nasrallah demands US ban anti-Muslim video

(Newser) - In a rare public appearance, the leader of the militant Hezbollah group exhorted hundreds of thousands of supporters today to keep up the campaign against an anti-Islam video that has unleashed deadly violence and anger at the US across the Muslim world. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah spoke for about 15 minutes... More »

Media World Freaks Over Newsweek Cover

Editor Tina Brown does it again

(Newser) - Chalk up one more for Newsweek in the magazine cover wars: Their latest headline, "Muslim Rage," runs in big black font over a photo of furious Muslim protesters. The cover article by activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali recounts her tale of emancipation from Muslim fundamentalism, but also makes an... More »

Video: Libyans Tried to Save US Ambassador

Chris Stevens was alive when mob found him

(Newser) - Ambassador Chris Stevens was still breathing when Libyans stumbled across him inside a room in the American Consulate in Benghazi, cheering, "Alive, alive" and "God is great." They tried to rescue him after last week's deadly attack in the eastern Libyan city, witnesses said. A group... More »

Pakistani Protest at US Consulate Turns Violent

Hezbollah leader urges people to 'express our anger'

(Newser) - Rage over an anti-Islamic video reignited today as hundreds of angry Pakistanis battled police outside the US consulate in Karachi, leaving one protester dead and 18 others injured, the AP reports. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the rock-throwing protesters and eventually beat them back with batons. A... More »

US Orders Diplomats to Flee Tunisia, Sudan

American citizens told to 'keep a low profile'

(Newser) - Washington has ordered all "non-emergency" diplomatic personnel to leave Tunisia and Sudan in the wake of violent protests that claimed four lives in Tunis and two in Khartoum, AFP reports. "Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family... More »

Sudan Rejects Marine Mission: Official

US troops delayed and possibly stopped altogether

(Newser) - Objections by Sudan's government have held up the security mission of an elite Marine team that the US planned to send to Khartoum, a US official said today. As a result, the deployment has been delayed and possibly curtailed, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity... More »

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