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World 05 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Kurdish strife clouds election mood in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Mayor Abdullah Demirbas' belief in a political solution to Turkey's Kurdish conflict wasn't shared by his son. He left home to fight.

World 05 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Syrian army pulls back in Deraa, advances elsewhere

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday army units have begun to leave Deraa, the heart of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, but residents described a city still under siege.

World 05 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

SPECIAL REPORT- Why U.S. mistrusts Pakistan's powerful ISI

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In 2003 or 2004, Pakistani intelligence agents trailed a suspected militant courier to a house in the picturesque hill town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

World 05 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Could bin Laden have reached Pakistan nuclear sites?

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Revelations that Osama bin Laden spent years in Pakistan before he was killed there must be rattling anyone who believes al Qaeda and its allies can get their hands on the unstable country's nuclear arsenal.

World 06 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Syrian forces kill 22 protesters - activists

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian security forces killed 22 protesters on Friday demanding an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, rights campaigners said, and the European Union agreed to impose sanctions in response to his crackdown.

World 06 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iraq spent lavishly on postponed Arab summit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq spent $450 million planting palm trees along highways, re-paving roads and restoring a palace of former dictator Saddam Hussein to host a regional summit that has now been delayed to next year.

World 06 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Syrian protests break out after Friday prayers

AMMAN (Reuters) - Protests broke out across Syria on Friday, with thousands calling for freedom in the Kurdish east and dozens briefly marching in Damascus to demand the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, activists and witnesses said.

World 06 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iran to make university courses more Islamic

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran plans sweeping changes to university courses to make them more compatible with Islam, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

World 07 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

New EU sanctions on Syria as 27 protesters killed

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian security forces killed 27 protesters on Friday demanding an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, rights campaigners said, and the European Union agreed to impose sanctions in response to his crackdown.

World 08 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Arab upheaval sharpens Israeli debate on Iran strike

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Behind Israel's tepid welcome of the popular uprisings convulsing Arab neighbours like Egypt and Syria, a long-running debate is gathering pace: Might the turmoil be enough to spur it to attack Iran?