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Oxfam Rings Alarm Bell on Hunger in Yemen

One in every three Yemenis goes hungry every day because of months of political stalemate that has pushed the economy to the verge of collapse and the government towards total paralysis, Oxfam said on Monday.

"Widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition have taken hold in Yemen," the international charity said in a report on the country of 22 million.

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Turkey Strives for Alliance with Egypt

Turkey's top diplomat predicted in an interview published Sunday that his country would form an alliance with a reformed Egypt, creating a new democratic axis of power in the Middle East.

"This is what we want," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told The New York Times.

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Report: U.S. Considers Emergency Hotline with Iran

The U.S. government is considering establishing a direct military hotline with Iran after a series of close encounters between U.S. and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf, The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday.

Citing unnamed U.S. officials the newspaper, on its website, said the United States is especially worried about a fleet of speedboats likely controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Tehran's elite military force.

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Labaki's 'Where Do We Go Now?' Wins Best Film at Toronto Festival

Lebanese-born Nadine Labaki's second directorial effort "Et maintenant on va ou?" ("Where Do We Go Now?") on Sunday won the Toronto film festival's People's Choice Award for best picture.

Set against the backdrop of a war-torn nation, the film chronicles the determination of a group of women to protect their isolated, mine-encircled town from pervasive and divisive outside forces.

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Thousands of Flemish Separatists Stage March near Brussels

Thousands of Flemish nationalists marched Sunday under tight security on the outskirts of Brussels to stake their claim to a part of Belgium at the heart of the country's linguistic feud.

Amid a sea of yellow-and-black flags and balloons -- the colors of northern Dutch-speaking Flanders -- separatists clamored "Our country!" through the largely French-speaking streets of Lindebeek as police helicopters hovered ahead and 300 officers stood watch.

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Egypt's Ex-Tourism Minister Gets 3-Year Jail Term

A Cairo court sentenced former tourism minister Zuheir Garana on Sunday to three years in prison for illegally issuing operating licenses to tourism companies, the state news agency MENA reported.

Garana had been previously convicted in May on different corruption charges to five years in prison.

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Unveiling of New Libya Govt. Delayed as Sirte Battle Rages

The unveiling of a new Libyan government due on Sunday has been put off "indefinitely," Mahmoud Jibril, the number two official in the National Transitional Council (NTC), said.

"The announcement of a new transitional government has been postponed indefinitely in order to finalize consultations," Jibril told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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20 Dead, 500 Hurt as Yemeni Forces Open Fire on Demo

Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters in Sanaa calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday, killing 20 people and wounding 500 others, medics said.

Medics in the capital reported 20 dead and 500 others wounded by live rounds, batons or suffering from breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas.

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Turkey Threatens Ties Freeze if Cyprus Takes EU Helm

Turkey will freeze its relations with the EU if Cyprus takes the union's rotating presidency next year before a solution is reached on the divided island, the deputy prime minister said late Saturday.

"If the negotiations (on Cyprus) do not end positively and the EU handovers the presidency to southern Cyprus, the main crisis will be between the EU and Turkey. Because then we will freeze our relations with the EU," Anatolia news agency quoted Besir Atalay as saying in a TV interview in northern Cyprus.

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Villas-Boas Expects Anelka to Quit Chelsea

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed France striker Nicolas Anelka is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Anelka's contract expires at the conclusion of the current campaign and Villas-Boas claims the former Arsenal and Real Madrid star has indicated he is prepared to run down his current deal.

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