03 Feb 2014

Nigerian former vice president defects to opposition

“Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has defected to Nigeria’s main opposition party, adding a heavyweight name to a group that poses an increasing threat to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in elections next year.” Source: Nigerian former vice president defects to opposition | Reuters

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02 Feb 2014

Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into Hong Kong amid booming demand for drugs

“One of the world’s largest and most notorious drug cartels is targeting Hong Kong as it seeks to expand its operations into lucrative new markets, the Sunday Morning Post has learned. Already a key supplier of illicit narcotics to many Western countries, Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel is diversifying its business by

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02 Feb 2014

168 killed, 401 injured in 42 bomb attacks across Pakistan in January

“At least 168 people were killed and 401 others injured in 42 bomb blasts across Pakistan during the first month of the year 2014 as the militants accelerated the number of deadly suicide attacks across the country, according to official statistics.” Source: 168 killed, 401 injured in 42 bomb attacks

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02 Feb 2014

Death toll from Aleppo blitz tops 85

“The death toll from regime air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo has risen to 85, a monitoring group said Sunday, as the conflict grinds on after 10 days of inconclusive peace talks.” Source: Death toll from Aleppo blitz tops 85 | GulfNews.com

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02 Feb 2014

Al Qaida fighters kill rival rebel leader

“Al Qaida fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further exacerbate rebel infighting even as government forces continued their intense shelling of opposition-held areas of the city on Sunday. “ Source: Al Qaida

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02 Feb 2014

Ambush kills four in south Thailand

“Three soldiers and a government official were killed in an ambush by suspected insurgents as they tried to set up a polling station in Thailand’s violence-plagued deep south, authorities said on Sunday.” Source: Ambush kills four in south Thailand | GulfNews.com

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02 Feb 2014

Car Bomb Kills at Least Three in Lebanese Shiite Town

“A car bomb blew up on Saturday near a gasoline station in a Shiite town in northeast Lebanon, killing at least three people, officials said. The bomb was the second to hit the town of Hermel, in the latest attack that appeared linked to the war in neighboring Syria.” Source:

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02 Feb 2014

South Sudan conflict: 3.7m in ‘need of food’, says UN

“The United Nations has said it estimates 3.7 million people are in acute need of food in South Sudan as a result of the civil conflict there. The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer told the BBC $1.3bn (£790m) was needed to deal with the crisis. Violence broke

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01 Feb 2014

Convergence – Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization

Illicit networks affect everyone in our modern, globalized world. From human trafficking in Eastern Europe to drug smuggling in East Asia, to the illicit arms trade in Africa, to terrorist cells in East Asia and insurgents in the Caucasus, transnational illicit networks have tentacles that reach everywhere. The trade in

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01 Feb 2014

Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2012

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains one of the United States’ most critical security challenges in Northeast Asia. North Korea remains a security threat because of its willingness to undertake provocative and destabilizing behavior , including attacks on the Republic of Korea (ROK), its pursuit of nuclear weapons

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