27 Jan 2013

French, Malian forces capture airport and key bridge in militant stronghold

“In an overnight land and air assault, French forces took control of the radical Islamist haven of Gao in northern Mali, France’s defense minister said Saturday, marking the biggest gain yet of the two week-long military intervention.” Source: French, Malian forces capture airport and key bridge in militant stronghold –

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27 Jan 2013

Clash between Pakistani Taliban, militia said to kill 31

“At least 31 people were killed when Pakistan Taliban attacked a pro-government militia, according to reports from the two sides on Saturday, but the Taliban were beaten back after hours of fierce fighting.” Source: Clash between Pakistani Taliban, militia said to kill 31 | Reuters

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27 Jan 2013

Third bomb attack in 24 hours kills eight Afghan police

“A roadside bomb killed eight policemen in Afghanistan’s volatile southern province of Kandahar, police said on Sunday, the third deadly attack by insurgents against police in 24 hours.” Source: Third bomb attack in 24 hours kills eight Afghan police | Reuters

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27 Jan 2013

Israel vows Syria strike at any sign of chemical arms transfer

“Any sign of Syria’s grip on its suspected chemical weapons slipping as it battles an armed uprising could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice premier said on Sunday.” Source: Israel vows Syria strike at any sign of chemical arms transfer | Reuters

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27 Jan 2013

Fire at nightclub kills more than 200 in Brazil

“At least 200 people were killed in a nightclub fire in southern Brazil on Sunday after a band’s pyrotechnics show set the building ablaze, and fleeing patrons were unable to find the emergency exits, local officials said.” Source: Fire at nightclub kills more than 200 in Brazil | Reuters

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26 Jan 2013

5 Indian sailors held hostage in Nigeria are freed

“Five Indian sailors kidnapped off Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta and held captive for more than a month have been released by their abductors, a spokesman said Saturday.” Source: 5 Indian sailors held hostage in Nigeria are freed – US News and World Report

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26 Jan 2013

Ex-CIA officer Kiriakou gets 2 ½ years for leaks

“A federal judge rejected arguments that a former CIA officer was acting as a whistleblower on the agency’s use of torture when the officer leaked a covert agent’s name to a reporter, sentencing him to more than two years in prison.” Source: Ex-CIA officer Kiriakou gets 2 ½ years for

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26 Jan 2013

US blacklists Afghan airline accused of smuggling opium

“Afghanistan’s largest private airline, Kam Air, has been barred from receiving US military contracts amid allegations of drug smuggling, officials say. The US military says it conducted an investigation which showed Kam Air transported large quantities of opium on civilian flights to neighbouring Tajikistan. The Central Asian country is a

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26 Jan 2013

At least 22 die in Egyptian clashes over death sentences

“At least 22 people died on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, adding to bloody street turmoil confronting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.” Source: At least 22 die in Egyptian clashes over death sentences | Reuters

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26 Jan 2013

Pentagon laying off 46,000 staff

“The US defence department says it has begun laying off most of its 46,000 temporary employees, as automatic defence budget cuts loom in March.” Source: BBC News – Pentagon laying off 46,000 staff

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