25 Feb 2014

Venezuela death toll rises to 13 as protests flare

“Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela’s worst unrest for a decade.” Source: Venezuela death toll rises to 13 as protests flare | Reuters

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25 Feb 2014

Ukraine needs $35 billion in aid to avert default, interim leaders say

“Ukraine’s interim leaders said Monday that the country will need $35 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to avert default and called for an international donors’ conference to craft a rescue plan.” Source: Ukraine needs $35 billion in aid to avert default, interim leaders say – latimes.com

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25 Feb 2014

Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran

“Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters – a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran.” Source: Exclusive: Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran – documents | Reuters

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25 Feb 2014

Syrian al Qaeda group gives rival Islamists ultimatum

“The head of al Qaeda’s wing in Syria has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war which ‘will terminate them’, according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday.” Source: Syrian al Qaeda group gives rival Islamists ultimatum | Reuters

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25 Feb 2014

Al-Qaeda envoy assassinated in Syria suicide bombing

“Al-Qaeda’s most senior emissary in Syria, sent to heal a rift between two warring offshoots of the terror network, has been assassinated in a suicide bombing, an attack likely to deepen the power struggle between rival groups.” Source: Al-Qaeda envoy assassinated in Syria suicide bombing | The Times

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25 Feb 2014

Suicide attack at Iranian consulate in Peshawar kills two

“A spokesman for militant commander Mast Gul, once acclaimed in Pakistan for his role fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, has claimed responsibility of a suicide attack at Iranian consulate in Peshawar which killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded ten others on Monday.” Source: Suicide attack at Iranian consulate in Peshawar

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25 Feb 2014

Gunmen kill senior Pakistan Taliban commander

“Unknown gunmen killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had a government bounty on his head on Monday, as a suicide bomb attack targeting the Iranian consulate in Peshawar left two dead.” Source: Gunmen kill senior Pakistan Taliban commander | GlobalPost

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25 Feb 2014

Pakistan Bombs Militant Area as Fears Grow of Wider Conflict

“Pakistani jets bombed what were believed to be militant hide-outs in Waziristan on Tuesday morning as the cabinet met to consider possible broader military action in the volatile border region, officials said.” Source: Pakistan Bombs Militant Area as Fears Grow of Wider Conflict – NYTimes.com

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25 Feb 2014

Egyptian cabinet resigns, paving way for military chief to run for president

“Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his cabinet was resigning, marking yet another abrupt shift in a nation that has been wracked by insurgency and political and economic uncertainty. ‘Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,’ Beblawi said in

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25 Feb 2014

Seven Egyptian Christians found shot execution-style on Libyan beach

“Seven Egyptian Christians were found shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya after they were abducted from their apartments, security officials and local residents said, in the second such execution-style killing this year.” Source: Seven Egyptian Christians found shot execution-style on Libyan beach | Reuters

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