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Editor's Picks 11 September 2012
Barcelona, Spain
By Editor's Picks
10 Sep 2012

According to the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police), a million and a half people from all corners of Catalonia gathered in the streets of Barcelona Tuesday, September 11, 2012, to demand independence of Catalonia and create a new sovereign state in Europe.

Thousands of wounded Syrians escape to Lebanon for medical treatment amid an increasingly bloody conflict in their homeland, living in overcrowded conditions, suffering psychological distress and unable to afford medical care.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday, September 11, in Cairo, where they discussed a number of regional issues, particularly the Syrian crisis.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Neal Wolin met on Tuesday, September 11 to discuss measures taken by Lebanese banks to safeguard the financial sector from the negative impacts of the Syrian crisis.

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Editor's Picks for 7 Aug 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Aug 2012

Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.

Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.

Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.

Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.

Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims