01 Jan 2013

Series of deadly attacks hit Iraq

“At least 23 people have been killed and scores of others wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq. A total of 15 shootings and bombings struck 13 cities and towns in the north on Monday, central and south of Iraq, the officials said.” Source:Series of deadly attacks hit Iraq – Middle East

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01 Jan 2013

Attack on church in NE Nigeria kills 15

“Gunmen have raided a church service in a village in Nigeria’s volatile northeast and killed 15 people, a rescue official says. ‘We received information from our personnel in Chibok that some attackers stormed a church during Sunday service yesterday and killed 15 people,’ AFP quoting Mohammed Kanar, the regional coordinator

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01 Jan 2013

Expats who bounce cheques no longer risk prison in UAE: paper

“The United Arab Emirates will stop imprisoning expatriates for writing cheques that bounce, Abu Dhabi daily The National reported on Tuesday, citing a senior official. The UAE’s tough penalties for defaulting on loans, which is a criminal offence in the Gulf Arab monarchy, were relaxed for Emirati citizens in October

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01 Jan 2013

Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

“House lawmakers voted Monday on a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president’s $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies including the CIA, adding extra cash for counterterrorism and counterintelligence. But that’s down from roughly $80 billion in 2012, which marked the peak of intelligence spending since the 9/11 attacks.”

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01 Jan 2013

Vomiting Larry battles Ferrari of the virus world

“Norovirus is hitting hard this year – and earlier too. In Britain so far this season, more than a million people are thought to have suffered the violent vomiting and diarrhea it can bring. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said this high rate of infection relatively early in the winter

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01 Jan 2013

Pakistan: Seven charity workers shot dead

“Seven charity workers, six of them women, have been shot dead in north-west Pakistan, police say. The women, some of them teachers, were attacked near a children’s community centre. A male colleague died with them. All were Pakistani citizens.” Source:BBC News – Pakistan: Seven charity workers shot dead

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01 Jan 2013

Dozens of children crushed to death in Ivory Coast, state media say

“A New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when more than 60 children were crushed to death in a stampede, according to state media reports. The victims ranged in age from eight to 15, the official AIP news agency said. They were

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