03 Jan 2013

Fiscal cliff: US urged to tackle budget deficit

“US politicians have been urged to do more to sort out the budget by the two largest credit rating agencies. The warning comes despite the US narrowly agreeing a deal to stave off the US ‘fiscal cliff’ of spending cuts and tax rises worth $600bn (£370bn). Rating agency Moody’s said

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03 Jan 2013

Pakistani officials: Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 15, including a Taliban leader

“Two suspected U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region left 15 people dead — including a Taliban commander — on Thursday, Pakistani intelligence officials said. Among the 11 killed in one strike in the province of South Waziristan was a Taliban commander named Mullah Nazir, also known as Maulvi

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03 Jan 2013

Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s Current TV

“The Arab television network Al Jazeera said Wednesday it has acquired Current TV, the U.S. network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. The buy will give the network — headquartered in Doha, Qatar — greater access to the U.S. market.” Source:Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s Current TV –

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03 Jan 2013

2 abducted U.N. peacekeepers freed in Darfur

“Two U.N. peacekeepers have been freed in the Darfur region of Sudan more than four months after they were abducted while on patrol, the United Nations said. Hasan Al-Mazawdeh and Qasim Al-Sarhan, both Jordanian nationals, were abducted on August 20 in the town of Kabkabiya, about 87 miles west of

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02 Jan 2013

State Department Issues Warning on Libya

“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Libya and strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid, and southern Libya, including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. Because of ongoing instability and violence,

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02 Jan 2013

Iran warns foreign planes near Strait of Hormuz

“Mehr, a semi-official news agency quoted Adm. Amir Rastgari, spokesman for a five-day naval drill, as saying that naval and air defense forces on 30 occasions warned off reconnaissance planes, drones and warships belonging to ‘extraregional forces’ that approached the drill, using a term that the Islamic Republic commonly employs

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02 Jan 2013

Nigerian carriers grounded by debt and poor safety

“After shock revelations by a former Air Nigeria finance director, the airline closed its operations in September. The country’s other top airlines have racked up such huge debts only a government bailout can save them.” Source:Nigerian carriers grounded by debt and poor safety [501822334] | The Africa Report.com

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02 Jan 2013

2 men killed in knife attack at a school in southern Egypt

“Egyptian security officials say two men have killed a technician and a principal at a school in the southern city of Luxor, slitting their throats with a knife. The officials say the assailants walked into the school early Wednesday, led the two men into the computer lab, killed them and

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02 Jan 2013

3 Turkish students injured in bomb blast

“Three students were injured on Wednesday when a percussion bomb exploded in a high school in southeastern Turkey, local newspaper Today’s Zaman reported. The home-made bomb, which was suspected to be planted by members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), exploded at 12:15 p. m. in a high school

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02 Jan 2013

Microsoft pushes out emergency fix for Internet Explorer vulnerability

“Microsoft has released a quick fix for a vulnerability in older versions of its Internet Explorer browser that is actively being used by attackers to take over computers. The vulnerability affects IE versions 6, 7 and 8. The latest versions of the browser, 9 and 10, are not affected. The

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