30 Jan 2013

Bulgarian mobster shot outside court in Sofia

“A convicted crime boss and his bodyguard have been shot and wounded outside the main courthouse in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The kind of open gang warfare the country saw in the 1990s has receded since it joined the EU. Tuesday’s incident is seen as a sign that the poorest

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30 Jan 2013

South Korea launches first civilian rocket amid tensions with North

“South Korea launched its first space rocket carrying a science satellite on Wednesday amid heightened regional tensions, caused in part, by North Korea’s successful launch of its own rocket last month.” Source: South Korea launches first civilian rocket amid tensions with North | Reuters

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30 Jan 2013

Spain’s recession worsens in the fourth quarter

“The downturn in the Spanish economy worsened in the final three months of 2012, as output fell 1.8% from a year earlier, official data has indicated.” Source: BBC News – Spain’s recession worsens in the fourth quarter

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30 Jan 2013

Massive ivory haul from Africa seized in Singapore

“Customs officials in Singapore have uncovered a shipment of 1.8 tonnes of ivory, with a value of around $2.5m (£1.6m).” Source: BBC News – Ivory haul from Africa seized in Singapore

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30 Jan 2013

Israel to transfer held tax revenues to Palestinians

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to transfer withheld tax and customs duties collected last month for the Palestinian Authority to ease the deepening financial crisis there, his spokesman said Wednesday.” Source: Israel to transfer held tax revenues to Palestinians – The Washington Post

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30 Jan 2013

Israel hits target in Syria border area: sources

“Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons.” Source: Israel hits target in Syria border area: sources | Reuters

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30 Jan 2013

Senate approves Kerry as secretary of state

“John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.” Source: Senate approves Kerry as secretary of state | Reuters

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30 Jan 2013

Arab nations, U.S. pledge hundreds of millions for Syria crisis

“U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened a donor conference for humanitarian aid for Syria on Wednesday by calling on all parties, especially the government of President Bashar al-Assad, to end the violence in the nearly two-year old conflict that, by United Nations estimates, has left at least 60,000 dead.” Source:

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30 Jan 2013

Threat of terror attacks against US by Iran and Hezbollah rising, report says

“Iran’s elite Quds Force and Hezbollah militants are learning from a series of botched terror attacks over the past two years and pose a growing threat to the U.S. and other Western targets as well as Israel, a prominent counterterrorism expert says.” Source:Threat of terror attacks against US by Iran

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30 Jan 2013

WTO Allows Antigua to Open Piracy Site

“Antigua and Barbuda have been given the power by the World Trade Organization to sell or give away U.S. copyrighted media downloads without compensation to the rights holders.” Source:WTO Allows Antigua to Open Piracy Site | Threat Level | Wired.com

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