Friday, February 18, 2011

World Watch: Bending but not yet breaking

* Middle East: At least 27 people died in anti-government protests in Libya while Bahraini opposition leaders vowed to fight on despite being victims of a violent crackdown.

* Israel: The U.S. was the lone U.N. Security Council member to veto a resolution calling for a halt to new Israeli settlements.

* Italy: Embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proposed a series of judicial reforms that critics claim are an attempt to protect himself from trials.

* Asia: The Philippine government made a last ditch effort to stop the planned executions of three Philippine nationals imprisoned in China.

Image – Hassan Ammar/Associated Press via The New York Times (“Protesters fled during an assault by Bahrain security forces in Manama on Friday.”)
Online Sources- Xinhua, Time, The Guardian, BBC News, MSNBC

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