04 Jan 2013

Gaza: Fatah holds biggest rally since Hamas came to power

“Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction are holding celebrations in Gaza to mark its 48th anniversary. The rival Hamas movement, which governs Gaza, allowed Fatah to hold its first mass rally there since Hamas ousted Fatah’s forces five years ago.” Source:BBC News – Gaza:

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04 Jan 2013

Swiss bank Wegelin to close after US tax evasion fine

“Switzerland’s oldest bank is to close permanently after pleading guilty in a New York court to helping Americans evade their taxes. Wegelin, which was established in 1741, has also agreed to pay $57.8m (£36m; 44m euros) in fines to US authorities.” Source:BBC News – Swiss bank Wegelin to close after

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04 Jan 2013

Deadly gun attack in Philippines town of Kawit

“A gunman has opened fire in a town near the Philippine capital, Manila, killing at least seven people and wounding six before being shot dead by police. The gunman, reported to be a former local election candidate, ran through the streets of Kawit, 40km (25 miles) south of Manila, shooting

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04 Jan 2013

Zambia asks mining firms to reduce electricity usage

“Zambia’s state-owned utility Zesco Ltd has asked mining companies in Africa’s top copper producer to cut back on electricity use to help ease a power shortage, its managing director said on Friday. Zambia generates 1,746 megawatts (MW) of electricity but demand exceeds capacity by about 70 MW during nighttime peaks

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04 Jan 2013

A CIA veteran on what ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ gets wrong about the bin Laden manhunt

“When I was head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center from 2002 to 2004 and then director of the National Clandestine Service until late 2007, the campaign against al-Qaeda was my life and obsession.” Source:A CIA veteran on what ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ gets wrong about the bin Laden manhunt – The

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04 Jan 2013

U.S. troops arrive in Turkey; rebels battle for airport in Syria

“U.S. troops arrived in Turkey on Friday to man Patriot missile defense batteries near the Syrian border, according to Turkish state media. Syria has previously launched Scud missiles at cities near the Turkish border in a desperate bid to extend its firepower.” Source:U.S. troops arrive in Turkey; rebels battle for

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03 Jan 2013

Suicide car bomber kills 27 Shi’ite pilgrims in Iraq

“A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 27 Shi’ite Muslims at a bus station in the Iraqi town of Mussayab on Thursday, police and medics said, as they were gathering to return home from a religious rite.” Source:Suicide car bomber kills 27 Shi’ite pilgrims in Iraq | Reuters

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03 Jan 2013

Syria rebels ‘beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs’ as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

“Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved

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03 Jan 2013

A Tiny City Built to be Destroyed by Cyber Terrorists, So Real Cities Know What’s Coming

“The U.S. military is ramping up preparation for cyber wars of the future that will be waged over computers instead of traditional combat zones. In this world, some of our best technological advances look more like vulnerabilities. We’ve figured out how to network bank accounts, streetlights and power grids, how

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03 Jan 2013

Turkish Registrar Enabled Phishers to Spoof Google

“Google and Microsoft today began warning users about active phishing attacks against Google’s online properties. The two companies said the attacks resulted from a fraudulent digital certificate that was mistakenly issued by a domain registrar run by a Turkish domain registrar.” Source: Turkish Registrar Enabled Phishers to Spoof Google —

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