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Riot police advance on protesters in Istanbul park

Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas on protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square and neighboring Gezi Park on Saturday, an intervention that came shortly after the prime minister warned that security forces "know how to clear" the area. Protesters had defied Recep Tayyip Erdogan's...

Iran's Rowhani: moderate pledged to engage with world

Hassan Rowhani, the bearded cleric who is leading the pack in Iran's presidential election, is a moderate who has pledged to engage more with world powers in hopes of easing crippling economic sanctions. Rowhani, who headed Iran's nuclear negotiating team in the early 2000s under reformist...

Iraq journalists held for 'stealing' minister's notepad

Iraqi press freedom activists on Saturday decried the detention for more than 10 days of two journalists accused of stealing the notebook of the country's defence minister following a meeting of political leaders. Mohammed Fuad and Afdhal Jumaa are alleged to have stolen Saadun al-Dulaimi's...

Anti-poverty activists gather, but Syria dominates G8 talks

Thousands of protesters are expected on the streets of Belfast to urge G8 leaders to act on global poverty, although the issue looks likely to be overshadowed by concerns over the Syria conflict. Police in the Northern Ireland capital expect 10,000 people to join two demonstrations organised...