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World 09 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

ANALYSIS - West turns blind eye to Bahrain crackdown

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The fate of Bahrain's protest movement is a stark reminder of how Western and regional power politics can trump reformist yearnings, even in an Arab world convulsed by popular uprisings against entrenched autocrats.

World 09 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Syrian tanks storm Homs districts, southern towns

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian tanks and troops stormed three districts of the central city of Homs and swept into several southern towns on Sunday, residents said, in a campaign to crush an uprising against autocratic Baathist rule.

World 09 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

UN dilemma: To aid or not to aid Libya's rebels

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A stalemate on the battlefields of Libya and a political deadlock on the U.N. Security Council have left Western powers with a stark choice -- covertly aid the rebels or leave them in the lurch.

World 09 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Lawyer expects verdict for Americans held in Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A lawyer for three Americans charged with spying after they were arrested near Iran's border with Iraq said on Monday he expected the court to issue a verdict at the next hearing on Wednesday.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iran to attend nuclear talks in Turkey - president

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iran will hold talks with major powers in Turkey over its disputed nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday, after earlier discussions failed to resolve the row.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Assad tightens grip on Syria's restive 3rd city

AMMAN (Reuters) - Government forces backed by snipers on rooftops tightened their grip on Syria's third city on Monday, rights groups said, after President Bashar al-Assad sent in tanks in a sharpening crackdown on protests against his rule.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Syria's Assad turns to tanks to put down unrest

LONDON (Reuters) - Tanks are pushing into Syrian towns. Snipers are on rooftops, shooting at anything that moves. Security forces are mowing down or rounding up protesters.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iran tells EU next atom talks must be without pressure

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear negotiator said the next talks with world powers must be held without pressure, a reply to a European Union letter indicating Tehran would stick to a refusal to address its disputed uranium enrichment drive.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iran replies to EU's Ashton on nuclear talks

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator replied on Tuesday to a letter by the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on fresh nuclear talks, Iran's Arabic language al Alam television reported.

World 10 May 2011 | 12:00 AM

Iran replies to EU's Ashton on nuclear talks

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator replied on Tuesday to a letter by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on fresh nuclear talks, saying they should be