World News Briefs -- June 11, 2013 (Evening Edition)



Turkish Police Move In To Clear Taksim Square -- Al Jazeera

Riot squad uses tear gas and water cannon on protesters as prime minister urges "legitimate" demonstrators to leave.

Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, the epicentre of protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, driving thousands into narrow side streets.

Police and water cannon vehicles advanced across the square, entirely clearing the north side after a day of skirmishes that had defied the authorities' efforts to restore full control on Tuesday.

Moments before their advance, police were confronted by protesters jeering and calling for them to leave the square.

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MIDDLE EAST

France says Syrian war at 'turning point', mulls arming rebels.

Deadly blasts shake Syrian capital.

UN seeks to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees.

Syrian war enters new phase but no end in sight.

Al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents exploit Iraq's sectarian woes.

Turkish riot police move into Taksim Square - live updates. Clashes in Istanbul as Turkish PM says he won't yield.

Russia's Putin says Iran nuclear push is peaceful.

Iran denies any malfunction at Russian-built nuclear power plant.

Tzipi Livni threatens to quit Israeli coalition.

ASIA

UN: Afghan civilian casualties up almost 25 percent.

South, North Korea talks canceled after discord over delegate.

In Asia, dissidents worry that U.S. may share Prism data.

Pakistan says Indian jets violate air space.

Ambushed ex-Indian minister dies.

China's latest 'sacred' manned space mission blasts off.

Pakistan threatens to ban Google unless it cleans up YouTube.

AFRICA

UN: Sahel still faces humanitarian crisis.

Nigeria offensive pushes 6,000 refugees into Niger: U.N..

Libyan army chief urges rebels to join the army.

Egypt warns Ethiopia over Nile dam.

Egypt's opposition says 'too late' for unity talks with president.

Libya: Militia violence shocks Libya.

Mali, Tuaregs reach election deal.

Mali: Timbuktu's literary gems face Islamists and decay in fight for survival. Timbuktu rebel damage to historic sites 'underestimated'.

UN envoy faces Somalia challenges.

Nelson Mandela still in 'serious, but stable condition'.

EUROPE

Russia's Putin says U.S. supports opposition protesters.

Gorbachev in hospital for routine checkup.

Pope admits there is a ‘gay lobby’ at the highest levels of the Vatican.

EU wants clarity on US data snooping. U.S. Prism spying program rattles EU lawmakers.

Russia would consider asylum for American in cyber furor.

Hundreds of riot police on London's streets as officers raid 'squat HQ' of G8 protesters.

France threatens veto of EU-US trade deal.

Half of France's scheduled flights cancelled amid strike.

Feisty Swiss minister shakes up secretive banks.

Austria starts withdrawal from Golan Heights.

Special Report: French homeless seek refuge in offices.

Rabies returns to Spain for first time since 1975.

AMERICAS

US State Department accused of covering-up overseas misconduct.

ACLU files suit over NSA surveillance, citing 'chilling effect'.

Damage from NSA leak being assessed.

House Speaker John Boehner: NSA leaker a ‘traitor’.

Canada says it monitors foreign phone, internet traffic.

Sluggish Brazil economy erodes Rousseff's popularity.

Colombia, FARC rebels open new round of peace talks in Cuba. Colombian peace talks to resume in Cuba.

Venezuela arrests Colombians over Maduro assassination plot.

Rape in Colombia’s war unearthed.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Analysis: Zawahiri's letter to al Qaeda branches in Syria, Iraq.

New layer of secrecy at Guant√°namo court.

Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Asleep on the job: Banker's nap costs millions.

Shale oil 'adds 11% to world reserves'.

NSA leaks present a business and ethics crisis for Silicon Valley.

Global markets tumble as investors bail on risk.

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