Rush to use crops as fuel raises food prices and hunger fears

by Elisabeth Rosenthal New York Times April 6, 2011

The starchy cassava root has long been an important ingredient in everything from tapioca pudding and ice cream to paper and animal feed....

In Syria, many uneasy about where a power struggle might lead. The majority Sunni Muslims want power while the minority Alawite sect is determined to ...

by Leila Fadel Washington Post March 30, 2011

CAIRO — When anti-government protesters buried their dead last week in southern Syria, their chants made clear that the divisions now coursing through Syria run even deeper than politics....

Shady dealings helped Qaddafi build fortune and regime–Colonel Qaddafi’s family and his government have accumulated billions of dollars with t...

by Eric Lichtblau, David Rohde and James Risen New York Times March 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — In 2009, top aides to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi called together 15 executives from global energy companies operating in Libya’s oil fields and issued an extraordinary demand: Shell out the money for his country’s $1.5 billion bill for its role in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 and...

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United States finds $29 billion of Libyan assets in one bank—freezes them

by Robert O'Harrow Jr., James V. Grimaldi and Brady Dennis Washington Post March 24, 2011

The Treasury Department team had been working nonstop on a plan to freeze Libyan assets in U.S. banks, hoping they might snare $100 million or more and prevent Moammar Gaddafi from tapping it as he unleashed deadly attacks against protesters who wanted him gone....

Thousands march to protest Syria killings

by New York Times March 24, 2011

Syria’s repressive leadership came under unexpectedly heavy pressure on Thursday as thousands of angry demonstrators massed again in the southern city of Dara’a, demanding democratic reform and protesting the deaths of more than a dozen people shot by security forces in the past week....

Muslim Brotherhood is rising force in new Egypt

by Michael Slackman New York Times March 24, 2011

CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at t...

Western forces attack Libya, establish no-fly zone; Arab League objects to severity of attack

by Al Jazeera March 20, 2011

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, has said the military operation in Libya called for by the UN Security Council is not aimed at regime change - adding that a "stalemate" could well exist, leaving Muammar Gaddafi in power....

Egypt approves constitutional changes by overwhelming vote

by Al Jazeera March 20, 2011

Egyptians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a package of constitutional amendments, according to official results released on Sunday evenin...

Obama demands pullback of Libyan troops; Tripoli declares ceasefire

by William Branigin, Liz Sly and Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post March 18, 2011

President Obama demanded Friday that the Libyan government move beyond its declaration of a cease-fire in response to a U.N. Security Council resolution and pull its troops back from cities recently captured from rebels....

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