25 Feb 2014

Nigerian Islamists kill 29 pupils in boarding school attack

“Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as the school was burned to the ground, police and the military said on Tuesday.” Source: Nigerian Islamists kill 29 pupils in boarding school attack |

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25 Feb 2014

Over 15,000 Central African Republic civilians at risk of attack

“Thousands of civilians in conflict-torn Central African Republic are at imminent risk of attack, the UN refugee agency warned Tuesday, calling for heightened security and more international troops. More than 15,000 people, most of them Muslim, ‘are at present surrounded and under threat by armed groups,’ UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards

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25 Feb 2014

Chad troops kill civilians in Central African Republic

“Chadian peacekeepers shot dead three civilians in a Christian neighborhood of the capital of Central African Republic on Monday, local residents said. In another incident overnight, two Chadian peacekeepers were shot and killed and another wounded, said Elio Yao, a spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping force, MISCA.” Source: Chad

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25 Feb 2014

Bombs target church, tourist restaurant in Zanzibar

“Homemade bombs went off near a cathedral and a restaurant popular with tourists on Monday on the semi-autonomous and mainly Muslim Zanzibar islands, where sectarian tensions have been mounting, a police spokesman said.” Source: Bombs target church, restaurant in Zanzibar | Reuters

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24 Feb 2014

South Korea-US military drills begin

“Joint military drills between South Korea and the US have begun, amid rare family reunions between North and South Korean relatives separated for decades. The annual military exercises will last until 18 April. “ Source: BBC News – South Korea-US military drills begin

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24 Feb 2014

DoD 5-Year Spending Plan $115 Billion Over Budget Caps, Ignores Sequestration

“The US Defense Department on March 4 will propose a five-year plan that boosts Pentagon spending by a total of $115 billion over sequestration spending caps, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the plan.” Source: Sources: DoD 5-Year Spending Plan $115 Billion Over Budget Caps, Ignores Sequestration

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24 Feb 2014

Militants shoot down Iraqi helicopter and occupy northern town

“Militants shot down a helicopter on Saturday and briefly occupied a town, in an escalating turf war with Iraq’s government that has killed at least 25 people in two days, police said.” Source: Militants shoot down Iraqi helicopter and occupy northern town | Reuters

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24 Feb 2014

Al Qaeda’s chief representative in Syria reportedly killed

“Abu Khalid al Suri, whose real name is Mohamed Bahaiah, has been reportedly killed in a suicide attack in Aleppo. Al Suri’s death has been confirmed on several Twitter feeds managed by Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front. Al Suri, a longtime al Qaeda operative, was a founding member

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24 Feb 2014

France risks long stay after misjudging Central African Republic

“When France sent troops to halt violence between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic, commanders named the mission Sangaris after a local butterfly to reflect its short life. Three months later, it is clear they badly miscalculated.” Source: France risks long stay after misjudging Central African Republic | Reuters

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23 Feb 2014

Ukraine crisis: Parliament told to form unity government by Tuesday

“Ukrainian MP’s have been told they have until Tuesday to form a unity government. ‘This is a priority task,’ parliament’s Speaker Oleksander Turchinov said during a debate held a day after MPs votes to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych. Mr Turchinov has now been given presidential powers temporarily. “ Source: BBC

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