27 Feb 2014

Suicide car bomb kills at least 10 in Somali capital

“An Islamist militant suicide bomber drove a car into a Mogadishu cafe frequented by members of the security forces on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and blowing the place to bits. Al Shabaab said it had carried out the attack, which followed an assault by its fighters on the

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27 Feb 2014

Two humanitarian workers injured in landmine explosion in Mali

“Two employees of humanitarian group Medecins du Monde’s Belgian chapter were seriously injured on Wednesday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a landmine in restive northern Mali, the organization and a local official said.” Source: Two humanitarian workers injured in landmine explosion in Mali | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

Arab Spring will fail unless Tunisia transition succeeds: foreign minister

“Tunisia said on Wednesday that it needs more help from its European partners in its transition to democracy because if it fails no other country in the Arab region will succeed.” Source: Arab Spring will fail unless Tunisia transition succeeds: foreign minister | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

Morocco suspends judicial cooperation with ally France

“Morocco said it had suspended judicial cooperation agreements with France in a growing diplomatic row with its former colonial ruler over allegations of human rights abuses. President Francois Hollande spoke to the Moroccan king earlier this week to try to calm the rare row between France and Morocco, an ally

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27 Feb 2014

U.N. authorizes sanctions regime for Yemen, leaves blacklist blank

“The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday authorized sanctions against anyone in Yemen who obstructs the country’s political transition or commits human rights violations but stopped short of blacklisting any specific individuals.” Source: U.N. authorizes sanctions regime for Yemen, leaves blacklist blank | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

Twelve dead in Qatar restaurant gas explosion

“Twelve people were killed, including two children, and about 30 wounded when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital off Doha on Thursday, authorities in the Gulf Arab state reported.” Source: Twelve dead in Qatar restaurant gas explosion: news agency | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

Under US Pressure, Iraq Denies Iran Arms Deals

“Iraq, facing heavy pressure from the United States, has denied signing deals for weapons and ammunition with Iran in apparent violation of international sanctions.” Source: Under US Pressure, Iraq Denies Iran Arms Deals | Defense News | defensenews.com

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27 Feb 2014

US general: Grim Afghan future if no security pact

“Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, embolden the enemy and prompt some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban

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27 Feb 2014

North Korea fires short-range missiles in apparent exercise

“North Korea fired four short-range missiles over the sea off its east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea’s Defence Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.” Source: North Korea fires short-range missiles in apparent exercise | Reuters

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27 Feb 2014

Thai PM faces negligence charges as protest leader broaches talks

“Thailand’s anti-corruption agency weighed charges of negligence against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday as the leader of protests aimed at forcing her from power suggested a televised debate after weeks of refusing to talk. The charges relate to a disastrous rice subsidy scheme that paid farmers above the market

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