26 Feb 2014

Pakistan launches new strikes near Afghan border; warns militants

“The Pakistani military launched new air strikes targeting militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, and a senior government official warned of a big offensive unless the Taliban showed they were serious about negotiations.” Source: Pakistan launches new strikes near Afghan border;

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26 Feb 2014

Suicide attack kills 10, wounds 40 in Afghanistan

“At least ten people were killed and 40 others were wounded in a suicide attack in central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday. According to a senior police official, Gul Agha, a powerful car bombing that ripped through the crowded hotel in Tirinkot city of Uruzgan killed at

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26 Feb 2014

Italian navy rescues 600 migrants from six boats

“The Italian navy said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 600 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa over the past 24 hours in an operation launched after two shipwrecks in which hundreds drowned.” Source: Italian navy rescues 600 migrants from six boats | GulfNews.com

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26 Feb 2014

Tunisian navy rescues nearly 100 migrants off Jerba

“Tunisian naval forces rescued nearly 100 African migrants off the coast on Wednesday after their vessel got into trouble on route from Libya to Europe, Tunisia’s defense ministry said.” Source: Tunisian navy rescues nearly 100 migrants off Jerba | Reuters

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26 Feb 2014

Egypt sentences 26 to death over Suez plot

“An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death over allegations of forming a terrorist group and targeting the vital Suez Canal water corridor. The Cairo Criminal Court issued its verdict on Wednesday. All defendants but one was tried in absentia. The prosecutors charged the group with planning attacks on ships

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26 Feb 2014

Tanker hijacked off Angola in Jan returned, minus $8 million of diesel

“An oil tanker hijacked for a week off Angola in January has been returned to the country’s authorities, a board member at state oil firm Sonangol said on Tuesday, adding that the hijackers had stolen diesel worth $8 million from the ship.” Source: Tanker hijacked off Angola in Jan returned,

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26 Feb 2014

Rockets rain on Libyan power plant as militias battle

“More than 100 rockets fired in clashes between rival government-paid militia have knocked out a power plant in southern Libya, heightening the risk of summer blackouts, the electricity minister said on Tuesday.” Source: Rockets rain on Libyan power plant as militias battle | Reuters

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26 Feb 2014

France’s Hollande steps in to calm row with Morocco

“President Francois Hollande telephoned the king of Morocco to try to calm a rare diplomatic row between France and its former colony about allegations of human rights abuses. In one of two incidents that upset Rabat, French police went to the Moroccan embassy in Paris seeking to question the head

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25 Feb 2014

Pentagon’s Chuck Hagel plans to downsize US military

“Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled plans to shrink the US Army to its smallest size since before the US entered World War Two. Outlining his budget plan, the Pentagon chief proposed trimming the active-duty Army to 440,000-450,000 personnel, down from 520,000 currently. Cold War-era Air Force fleets – the

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25 Feb 2014

US considers seeking extradition of Mexican drug lord

“As Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sits locked in the basement of a Mexican prison, the US Department of Justice is debating whether to seek the drug lord’s extradition to face prosecution in one of several American communities that have indicted the violent Sinaloa cartel on charges of pushing millions of

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