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Celebratory gunfire at wedding ends in bloodshed

 
The incident, which was caught on video, took place during a wedding celebration in Taiz in southwestern Yemen. As wedding guests dance to the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style”, one of them takes out a machine gun and fires into the air in celebration. However, he loses control of the weapon and ends up shooting several guests. Read more...
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Mutinying infantry wreaks havoc in Yemeni city

 
In Yemen, the smallest spark could tip the country into armed conflict. In the country’s southeast, already weakened by separatists and al Qaeda, the mutiny of an infantry group on Saturday caused a spiral of violence in the streets of Radah. Read more...
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Facing superior firepower, Free Syrian Army resorts to homemade weapons

 
One of the major challenges facing Syria’s rebel force, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), is that it lacks the fire power to take on the well-equipped regular army. With Syria’s borders more or less closed, the FSA is struggling to obtain the necessary weapons. As a result, the FSA is using its limited means to try and manufacture its own weapons.
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Free Syrian Army soldier: "We lack weapons”

 
Omar is a member of the Free Syrian Army, made up of military deserters who have joined the ranks of the opposition. The group attacked a Syrian surveillance centre in Damascus on Tuesday. Omar explains the main challenges the Free Syrian Army is facing. Read more…
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Syria dodges armoured vehicle ban by… painting them blue

 
Under increasing pressure from the Arab League, Syria promised early November to halt its deadly crackdown on opposition protesters. Part of the deal meant no more of the military's armoured vehicles on the streets. But instead of getting rid of them, the regime had a better idea: paint them blue. Read more...
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Syria’s media war: are the protesters peaceful or violent?

 
Over the past few days, Syria’s state television, as well as YouTube channels linked to the government, have been showing videos of people they say are protesters taking up arms. This, if true, would be at odds with the opposition’s proclaimed efforts to keep protests peaceful. Two Syrian anti-government activists tell us what they think of these videos. Watch videos and read more…
 
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You got a problem? I’ve got an AK-47

The CCTV footage of a shooting outside a restaurant in north Lebanon has made its way onto the net. The attack was not fatal, but nevertheless, the images reveal that almost 20 years after the Lebanon war ended, guns are still common accessories, and owners not afraid to use them. Read more and see the video...

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French aviation company congratulates 'brother and leader of the Libyan revolution' Gaddafi

It's not unusual for companies in Libya to publicly well-wish "Brother and leader of the Revolution", Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Except when it's... French military aviation company Dassault Aviation. Read more.

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