13 Jan 2012

57 killed in tribal revenge attack in South Sudan

“Hundreds of armed attackers from a South Sudanese tribe that suffered a devastating assault last month charged into three villages, burned them to the ground and killed 57 people, an official said Friday, an act that perpetuates a cycle of revenge attacks in the world’s newest nation.” (Source: The Associated

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13 Jan 2012

Australia ranks highest for nuclear materials’ safety, North Korea takes last place

“Australia takes first place in nuclear materials’ safety, while North Korea lags in last, a new study by the Nuclear Threat Initiative has found.  The study, released on Wednesday, tracks the 32 nations that have materials for nuclear weapons and rates the precautions each country has in place from best

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13 Jan 2012

Talks end in Nigeria as protests widen

“Negotiations between labor unions and the Nigerian government ended late Thursday without an agreement to restore fuel subsidies, and a union official expressed resolve, in the absence of an accord, to halt oil production in the eighth-largest petroleum-exporting nation.” (Source: Talks end in Nigeria as protests widen – CNN.com.)

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13 Jan 2012

Cyber-Crimes Pose ‘Existential’ Threat, FBI Warns

“Despite the increased frequency and severity of online crime and espionage in 2011, many American corporations and consumers are still not taking the threat seriously, the FBI’s top cyber official said Thursday. The risk posed by criminal hackers is “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” said Shawn Henry, the

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12 Jan 2012

Cyber defense effort is mixed, study finds

“A Pentagon pilot program that uses classified National Security Agency data to protect the computer networks of defense contractors has had some success but also has failed to meet some expectations, according to a study commissioned by the Defense Department. The program showed that Internet carriers could be trusted to

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12 Jan 2012

Somali pirates arrested trying to board Spanish navy ship

“Somali pirates tried to board a Spanish navy ship off the Horn of Africa nation but it repulsed the attack and arrested six pirates, the European Union Naval Force for Somalia said on Thursday.” Source: Somali pirates arrested trying to board Spanish navy ship | News by Country | Reuters

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12 Jan 2012

Mexico drug war deaths over five years now total 47,515

“Mexican officials say nearly 13,000 people were killed in violence blamed on organised crime between January and September last year. This means there have been 47,515 drug-related killings since President Felipe Calderon launched his crackdown on drug traffickers in late 2006.” Source: BBC News – Mexico drug war deaths over

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12 Jan 2012

Yemeni security: 20 killed in Sunni-Shiite clashes in northern Yemen

“Yemeni security officials say 20 fighters have been killed in new clashes between an ultraconservative Islamist group and former Shiite rebels in the country’s north.” Source: Yemeni security: 20 killed in Sunni-Shiite clashes in northern Yemen – The Washington Post

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12 Jan 2012

Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon

“Chinese hackers have deployed a new cyber weapon that is aimed at the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and potentially a number of other United States government agencies and businesses, security researchers say.” Source: Malicious Software Attacks Security Cards Used by Pentagon – NYTimes.com

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12 Jan 2012

2 bodies left at Mexico mall; drug toll at 47,500

“Two decapitated bodies were found inside a burning SUV early Wednesday at the entrance to one of Mexico’s most luxurious malls, feeding fears drug violence is infiltrating privileged realms previously thought safe.” Source: 2 bodies left at Mexico mall; drug toll at 47,500 – Yahoo! News

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