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Arab League calls emergency meeting on 2 Sudans

By Michael Onyiego / AP JUBA: The Arab League said Thursday it would hold an emergency meeting over the increasing violence between Sudan and South Sudan. The south reported new skirmishes even as Sudan’s president increased his threats of war toward the south. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir said the recent violence has “revived the spirit …

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Arab League goes from bluster to clout in Arab Spring

By Samer Al-Atrush / AFP CAIRO: Back in 2008, flamboyant Libyan leader Moammer Qaddafi warned rulers at an Arab League summit in Damascus that they, too, could face the fate of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The assembled dictators, who between them ruled more than 300 million Arabs, burst out laughing. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was there, …

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Iraq seeks Arab debt forgiveness as summit opens

By Mariam Karouny and Serena Chaudhry / Reuters BAGHDAD: Iraq asked countries at an Arab League summit on Tuesday to forgive its pre-invasion debts, urging others to follow the United Arab Emirates and Algeria which have already agreed to write off what they were owed by their fellow OPEC member. “We’ve asked Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, …

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Arab League: Syria commits crimes against humanity

By Agencies CAIRO: The Arab League chief said the Syrian regime’s killing of civilians amounts to crimes against humanity and called for an international inquiry. Nabil Al-Araby said Tuesday that it would not be ethical or moral to allow those behind the killings in the cities of Homs and Idlib to get away with their …

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UN-Arab League Syria envoy Annan seeks political deal

By Edmund Blair / Reuters CAIRO: Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy on Syria, will urge government and opposition to halt violence and seek a political settlement after a year of conflict when he makes his first trip to Damascus on Saturday, he said on Thursday. World powers have met behind closed doors at the …

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Arab League chief says fuelling violence will not help Syria

By Tamim Elyan / Reuters CAIRO: Arab League chief Nabil Al-Araby said on Thursday he was opposed to violence as a way to end the Syrian crisis after Gulf states called for arming the rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have led the Arab charge to isolate Syria, although other leading …

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