29 Jan 2013

Large arms shipment intercepted off Yemen, Iran eyed as source

“Yemeni forces intercepted a ship on January 23 carrying a large cache of weapons – including surface-to-air missiles – that U.S. officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran and destined for Yemeni insurgents, officials said on Monday.” Source: Large arms shipment intercepted off Yemen, Iran eyed as source | Reuters

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29 Jan 2013

Google releases detailed map of North Korea

“Until Tuesday, North Korea appeared on Google Maps as a near-total white space — no roads, no train lines, no parks and no restaurants. The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang. This all changed when Google, on Tuesday, rolled out a detailed map of one of the world’s

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29 Jan 2013

Syria crisis: ‘at least 65 executed men’ found in Aleppo

“The bodies of dozens of young men, all apparently summarily executed, have been found in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and activists say. At least 65 bodies were found on the banks of the Quwaiq river in the western district of Bustan al-Qasr, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for

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29 Jan 2013

Iran ‘arrests 11 journalists with foreign contacts’

“Iran has arrested 11 journalists accused of co-operating with foreign Persian-language media organisations, according to local media reports.” Source: BBC News – Iran ‘arrests 11 journalists with foreign contacts’

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29 Jan 2013

Two killed in ‘militant attack’ on Algeria pipeline

“Two guards have been killed in an attack by militants on a gas pipeline in northern Algeria, officials say.” Source: BBC News – Two killed in ‘militant attack’ on Algeria pipeline

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29 Jan 2013

Mali crisis: 350 UK military personnel sent to West Africa

“The UK is to deploy about 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces, No 10 has said. This includes as many as 40 military advisers who will train soldiers in Mali and 200 British soldiers to be sent to neighbouring African countries, also to help

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29 Jan 2013

Syrian refugees top 700,000, U.N. struggling to cope

“More than 700,000 Syrian refugees have fled to other countries in the region and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the exodus, the United Nations said on Tuesday.” Source: Syrian refugees top 700,000, U.N. struggling to cope | Reuters

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29 Jan 2013

Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment

“Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara, a senior government source said.” Source: Niger gives green light to U.S. drone deployment: source | Reuters

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29 Jan 2013

Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis

“Egypt’s armed forces chief has warned the current political crisis ‘could lead to a collapse of the state’. General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, in comments posted on the military’s Facebook page, said such a collapse could ‘threaten future generations’.” Source:BBC News – Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis

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29 Jan 2013

European internet-policing initiative calls for ‘flag this as terrorism’ option in browsers

“The European Commission-funded Clean IT Project is wrapping up its two-year, €400,000 ($428,000) inquiry into how to suppress terrorism on the internet this week, and while it’s dropped some of its more outlandish suggestions, its final 30-page report could still have serious implications for free speech if it were adopted.

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