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05 Apr

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Gaddafi forces take Brega 

Rebel forces retreat almost 10km east towards Ajdabiya, as Gaddafi troops mount fresh offensive to take key oil town. 

Last Modified: 05 Apr 2011 14:40 GMT 

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Concern for missing Chinese artist Ai Weiwei 

Acclaimed artist’s apparent detention draws international condemnation while his whereabouts remains a mystery. 

Last Modified: 05 Apr 2011 08:46 GMT 

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In Depth

Bahrain: Still fighting for change

People and Power 05 Apr 2011 14:15 GMT
Bahrainis who were featured in a recent episode of People & Power have now either been arrested or are in hiding.
 
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Obama striving for post-imperialism

Robert Grenier 05 Apr 2011 12:06 GMT
Barack Obama’s evolving Mid East policy is a signal that a transition towards a post-imperial America is occurring.
 
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Goldstone recants, but how much is changed?

Richard Goldstone admits there were flaws in parts of his report on war crimes in the Gaza war, but much is still valid.

The Goldstone Report itself was the subject of a polarised political debate, so it comes as little surprise that Judge Richard Goldstone’s admission that parts of the report were flawed has attracted a similarly black-and-white response. 

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu quickly urged the United Nations to “toss this report into the trash can of history.” Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Goldstone’s recantation, an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Friday, vindicated Israel: “We had no doubt the truth would come out eventually,” he said in a television interview. 

On the other side, Sami Abu Zahri, a spokesman for Hamas, said Goldstone’s change of heart “does not change the fact that war crimes were committed” during Israel’s nearly month-long war in Gaza. 

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Middle East

Juliano Mer Khamis was shot five times near the community theatre he ran

Arab-Israeli actor gunned down in West Bank town

A well-known Arab-Israeli actor, director and political activist was gunned down yesterday in the West Bank town where he ran a drama school and community theatre, Palestinian police said. 

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Saif Gaddafi tests water with approach to rebels

Kim Sengupta: Middlemen make case for Libyan dictator’s son as ‘reformer’ committed to elections. 

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Ai Weiwei, pictured here last year, is under house arrest at his Beijing home

Arts community unites to call for release of dissident Ai Weiwei

A global campaign was gathering pace last night for the release of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who was detained by authorities on Sunday while attempting to board a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong.

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