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'Merchant of Death' Faces New Extradition Hearing in Thailand

The alleged arms dealer to the world, Viktor Bout, could face another extradition hearing in Thailand after new charges were filed against him in New York. The possibility comes after a Thai court ruled it could not extradite Bout to face charges in the United States of supporting terrorism. Thailand's attorney general's office on Thursday said it could file another extradition case against suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. U.S.

Analysts Say Iran's Revolutionary Guard Accumulating Broad Powers

Iran is reacting sharply to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks that the Persian state is becoming a military dictatorship. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accuses Clinton of spreading "lies" and the United States of turning the region into a so-called "arms depot." But several Washington-based analysts on Iran back Clinton's assertions. Iran's Revolutionary Guard was formed in 1979 to protect the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution from the Shah's army. Now U.S.

Ukrainian Court Suspends Presidential Election Results

A Ukrainian court has temporarily suspended the results of this month's presidential election pending review of an appeal filed by the losing candidate. The Supreme Administrative Court released a statement Wednesday saying the Central Election Commission ruling that declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner had been put on hold. Defeated Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the February 7 vote. Ms.

Russia Delays Arms Delivery to Iran

Russia is delaying delivery of its S-300 air-defense system to Iran and is also calling for Tehran to adhere to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines for enrichment of nuclear fuel.  The moves follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's two-day visit to Moscow. The Interfax News Agency quotes the deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, as saying delivery of the S-300 air defense system to Iran has been delayed by technical problems.

Burma Sentences 4 Activists to Hard Labor as UN Human Rights Envoy Visits

The Burmese opposition says military authorities sentenced four activists to prison terms with hard labor on the same day that a U.N. human rights expert began a mission to Burma. Opposition members say a Burmese court sentenced the four women to two years in prison Monday as U.N.

Ahmadinejad Warns Against New Sanctions on Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran will act against any new sanctions and is still open to a uranium swap deal. During a news conference in Tehran Tuesday, Mr.

Ukraine Presidential Vote Faces Court Challenge

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is mounting a formal legal challenge against the results of Ukraine's recent presidential election, amid indications that apparent winner Viktor Yanukovych may be inaugurated as early as February 25. The head of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc in parliament, Ivan Kyrylenko, says the prime minister's party will contest the presidential election no later than Tuesday in Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court. Kyrylenko says his bloc is offering substantive and serious arguments for review by the judicial branch. Ms.

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S.

Sri Lanka Justices to Hear Appeal on Presidential Candidate's Arrest

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for an appeal to be heard challenging the arrest of former military chief and Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan high court has cleared the way for a hearing later this month on a fundamental rights petition concerning the detention of former General Fonseka. Justices also ordered the government to allow him to have access to visiting family members and medicine. The political opposition contends Fonseka's arrest Monday on conspiracy charges was illegal.

South African President Under Pressure for Personal Misconduct

Churches and opposition leaders in South Africa are criticizing President Jacob Zuma's leadership after he admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock. The criticism follows Mr. Zuma's state of the nation speech which appeared to be overshadowed by the scandal. The Anglican church of South Africa Friday criticized what it called President Jacob Zuma's misconduct.

VOA, BBC, Deutsche Welle Condemn Iran for Blocking Broadcasts

Voice of America, the BBC and Deutsche Welle have condemned Iranian authorities for what they say is the illegal jamming of their broadcasts to Iran. The international broadcasters released a joint statement Friday accusing Iran of jamming their shared satellite. They said the move violates international agreements and called on satellite operators to pressure Iran to stop. The U.S.

Tymoshenko Refuses to Concede Ukraine Election Defeat

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko continues to resist calls to concede election defeat despite growing domestic and international consensus that Sunday's vote gave the presidency to her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych.  In her first public appearance since the election, Ms. Tymoshenko did not mention the vote, but attacked projected winner Viktor Yanukovych for breaking campaign promises. Speaking at a meeting of her Cabinet, Ms.

Somali Pirates Free Taiwanese Fishing Boat

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry says Somali pirates have freed a Taiwanese fishing boat held since last April. The Win Far 161 and its crew were released Thursday.   The French news agency, AFP, quotes a maritime monitoring group - Ecoterra International - as saying a ransom was paid, but the amount was not immediately clear. The group also says three of the 30 crew members did not survive the ordeal.

Thailand Prepares for Fresh Wave of Protests Ahead of Thaksin Court Verdict

Anti-government protesters in Thailand vow to step up pressure on the government and the Supreme Court ahead of a crucial ruling involving former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Protesters are expected to gather Friday in Bangkok, in front of Thailand's anti-corruption commission, in the first stage of a campaign against the government. The main anti-government group, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, plans a series of protests throughout the country over the next several weeks.

Zimbabwe's Unity Government Marks Shaky First Year in Power

Zimbabwe's rickety government of national unity commemorates its first anniversary Thursday. On February 11 last year, Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister of Zimbabwe after disputed elections and months of negotiations. He took the junior post to President Robert Mugabe despite the fact that his Movement for Democratic Change had won a parliamentary majority at the polls. Mr. Tsvangirai also won the first round of the presidential vote in March 2008 although he did not receive the more than 50 percent majority needed for an outright victory. Mr.