17 Dec 2010

Zimbabwe’s president threatens ‘revenge’ against Western companies

“Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened Friday to seize all Western-owned investments in the country unless their governments remove targeted sanctions imposed on him and his senior ZANU-PF party members. The 86-year-old former guerrilla leader spoke at his party conference in Murare. ‘This conference must come with a real program, a

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17 Dec 2010

U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised

“The U.S. government’s main code-making and code-cracking agency now works on the assumption that foes may have pierced even the most sensitive national security computer networks under its guard. ‘There’s no such thing as ‘secure’ any more,’ Debora Plunkett of the National Security Agency said on Thursday amid U.S. anger

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17 Dec 2010

As China premier Wen visits India, tension over oil markets not far from surface

“Competition between India and China as they seek bigger shares of the world’s dwindling supply of oil is likely to accelerate the rise in oil prices, economists say. It also has the potential to ignite lingering tension between the two countries going back to China’s 1962 invasion of India and

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17 Dec 2010

Moody’s slashes Ireland’s credit rating

“Moody’s has downgraded debt-stricken Ireland by five notches just days after the Irish parliament approved a multi-billion euro international bailout. The credit ratings agency cited increased uncertainties over Ireland’s economy and public finances for cutting its foreign and local-currency government bond ratings from Aa2 to Baa1. The action follows similar

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17 Dec 2010

FBI, Homeland Security issue holiday threat notice to law enforcement

“U.S. officials say they have no specific and credible information about planned terror attacks on the United States, but they have issued an intelligence bulletin to state and local law enforcement warning terrorists could target large crowds at holiday gatherings. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued an intelligence

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17 Dec 2010

DPS issues Mexico travel warning | mexico, violence, travel

“The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans to avoid travel to Mexico during the holidays because of ongoing violence there. The DPS said the safety of Texans cannot be guaranteed in Mexico, which has seen a rise in violence over the past few years. Included in the warning

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16 Dec 2010

14 civilians die in Afghanistan bombing

“Fourteen civilians were killed and four others injured when a minibus struck a roadside bomb while traveling to Herat, Afghanistan, an official said. Shafiq Behrazian, spokesman for the governor of Herat Province, said the minibus was traveling from Koshk-e-Kohna district to the main part of the city of Herat when

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15 Dec 2010

Iraq: Al Qaeda Planning Holiday Attacks in West

” Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday. Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told The Associated Press that the botched bombing in central Stockholm last weekend

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15 Dec 2010

Ciudad Juárez Hits 3,000 Murders in 2010

“Ciudad Juárez, where vicious turf battles have sparked one of the highest homicide rates in the world, reached an even bloodier high in 2010. The death toll in drug related violence in the border city, the hardest hit by Mexico’s drug war, rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were

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12 Dec 2010

Swedish security police: Violence was ‘an act of terrorism’

“The explosions that killed one person and wounded two others in central Stockholm, Sweden, were ‘an act of terrorism,’ a Swedish police official said Sunday. Two explosions occurred within minutes of each other Saturday in the district full of Christmas shoppers, Swedish authorities said. A Swedish news agency and police

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