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Protesters clash with riot police

Associated Press / January 23, 2011

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ALGIERS — Helmeted riot police armed with batons and shields yesterday clashed with protesters throwing rocks and chairs who tried to march in defiance of Algeria’s ban on public gatherings. At least 19 people were injured, the government said, but an opposition party official put the figure at more than 40. Algeria has been among the many North African and Middle Eastern countries hit by shows of resistance against their autocratic leaders after a young Tunisian man set himself on fire last month.

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Supplies on way to space station
TOKYO — A Japanese rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station lifted off from a remote island yesterday on a mission designed to help fill a hole left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program. The unmanned rocket was ferrying nearly 6 tons of food, water, clothing, and experimental equipment to the astronauts in orbit aboard the international project involving 15 nations.

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Militia chief held in pilgrim attacks
BAGHDAD — Iraqi police arrested the local leader of a government-backed Sunni Muslim militia on charges of planning the deadly bombings on Shi’ite pilgrims last week, Iraqi officials said yesterday. If the Awakening Council leader is found guilty, it would affirm government doubts about integrating the Sunni fighters into the nation’s security forces.

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