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Apr10

Libya: Peace talks not possible amid fighting, UN envoy

UN special envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/R The United Nations’ special envoy to Libya has hinted that next week’s planned peace conference could be postponed amid ongoing fighting between rival militias for control of the capital, Tripoli. In a statement on April 9, Ghassan Salame expressed hope that the meeting will be convened as soon as conditions permit, saying: “We cannot ask people to take part in the conference during gunfire and air strikes.” The UN had planned to hold a conference in the southwestern town of Ghadames from April 14 to April 16 to discuss a way out of the country’s eight-year conflict. Last week, militia commander...

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Mar31

Israel kills four Palestinians before truce takes effect

By: AFP Source: AFP Five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, prompting Israeli tanks to respond by firing on Hamas military posts early Sunday, hours after a massive Palestinian protest along the border between Israel and Gaza. The rocket attack and Israeli response did not cause any casualties, according to the Israeli army and witnesses in Gaza. The Israeli tanks fired at Hamas posts in the central Gaza Strip and east of Gaza City, witnesses said. Tens of thousands of Gazans earlier gathered at the Israeli border to mark a year since protests and clashes erupted there, but fears of mass bloodshed were averted after late Egyptian-led negotiations. Four Palestinians were...

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Mar23

Karachi: Mufi Taqi Usmani and family survive assassination attempt

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD —  A prominent Islamic scholar in Pakistan survived an assassination attempt Friday that killed his two security guards and critically injured two other people, police said. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and his fellow cleric, Maulana Aamir Shahab, were traveling in two cars in the southern city of Karachi when unknown gunmen on motorbikes ambushed them and opened fire, senior police official Amir Farooqi told reporters. The assailants managed to flee, he said. Farooqi added that Usmani’s wife also was traveling with him in the car, but both escaped uninjured. In Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, incidents of political, ethnic, militant...

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