31 Jan 2013

As 2014 NATO pullout approaches, more Afghans flee their homeland

“Last year, at least 50,000 Afghans fled to Europe and Australia, more than twice as many as the previous year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations. With U.S. and many other foreign visas nearly impossible to obtain, the majority of those refugees hired human smugglers. Even more

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31 Jan 2013

European police arrest 103 in suspected human trafficking ring

“Officials are calling it one of the largest operations against human traffickers in Europe. Police in Europe arrested 103 people in 10 countries this week, all accused of smuggling in people on boats, freight trains and small hidden compartments in the floors of buses and trucks. The massive operation spanned

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31 Jan 2013

US Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef

“A 224-foot-long U.S. warship will have to be cut into smaller pieces to get it off a Philippine reef where it grounded two weeks ago, Navy officials said Wednesday.” Source: Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef – CNN.com

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31 Jan 2013

Russia cancels accord with U.S. on fighting drugs, human trafficking

“Just days after the United States withdrew from a joint panel on civil society, Russia said Wednesday that it was dropping out of an agreement that provided help from the United States in fighting narcotics and human trafficking and enhancing the rule of law.” Source: Russia cancels accord with U.S.

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31 Jan 2013

Mexican cult accused of forced labor

“A cult operating in Mexico, along the U.S. border, is accused of kidnapping and forcing victims to work and have sex, the country’s National Migration Institute said Wednesday.” Source: Mexican cult accused of forced labor – CNN.com

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31 Jan 2013

US Private sector adds more jobs than expected in January

“Private-sector employers added 192,000 jobs in January, more than economists were expecting, in a sign of growth in the labor market, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.” Source: Private sector adds more jobs than expected in January | Reuters

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31 Jan 2013

China sentences two Tibetans for inciting self-immolations

“A court in China has handed down heavy sentences to a Tibetan monk and his nephew for inciting eight people to set themselves on fire in anti-Chinese protests, media said on Thursday, the first time punishment has been meted out over such protests. Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on

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30 Jan 2013

Oil and gas infrastructure cybersecurity spending to increase

“Spending is set to pick up considerably from 2014 onwards. ABI Research calculates that cybersecurity spending on the oil & gas critical infrastructure will reach $1.87 billion by 2018. This includes spending on IT networks, industrial control systems and data security; counter measures; and policies and procedures. “ Source: Oil

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30 Jan 2013

Alabama police in reported hostage standoff with suspect in fatal school bus shooting, kidnapping

“The Alabama man police say shot and killed a school bus driver Tuesday in an attempt to kidnap a 6-year-old boy has been hunkered down for hours with the child in an underground bunker on his remote property, The Dothan Eagle, a local newspaper, reported.” Source: Alabama police in reported

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30 Jan 2013

New drug bill ‘to decriminalise ecstasy’ in Colombia

“Colombia’s Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa, has said a new drugs bill would decriminalise personal use of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy.” Source: BBC News – New drug bill ‘to decriminalise ecstasy’ in Colombia

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