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World 02 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syrian army pounds rebel strongholds around capital

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, activists said, killing at least ten and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital.

World 02 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Protests in Tunisian town show anger at Islamist government

SILIANA, Tunisia (Reuters) - In a remote town in Tunisia's interior, protesters angry over joblessness and harsh police tactics call for the downfall of new Islamist rulers, echoing the revolt that ignited the Arab Spring two years ago.

World 02 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syrian army pounds rebel strongholds around capital

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, activists said, killing at least ten and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital.

World 02 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syrian rebels bombed, opposition open to peacekeepers

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus on Saturday, residents said, as the opposition indicated it could accept an international peacekeeping force if President Bashar al-Assad is forced from power.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syrian jets bomb rebels, Internet down for third day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus on Saturday, residents said, and a countrywide Internet blackout entered its third day.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after U.N. vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Islamists rally behind Mursi as Egypt's rifts widen

CAIRO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Islamists demonstrated in Cairo on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is racing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after U.N. vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Syrian jets bomb rebel-held areas of Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus on Saturday, residents said, and a countrywide Internet blackout entered its third day.

World 01 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

Tunisian security forces fire teargas, birdshot at protesters

SILIANA, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisian security forces fired teargas and live rounds in the air on Saturday to try to disperse several thousand protesters in a town that has seen days of clashes this week over economic problems in the North African state.