28 Aug 2011

Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel makes big move into meth

“Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel appears to be expanding methamphetamine production on a massive scale, filling a gap left by the breakdown of a rival gang that was once the top trafficker of the synthetic drug.” (Source: The Associated Press: Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel makes big move into meth.)

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27 Aug 2011

Mexican Mayor Says Many Colleagues Under Threat From Gangsters

“The mayor of the southeastern Mexican city of Merida told Efe that organized crime elements pose a threat to many of her colleagues, 27 of whom have been killed nationwide over the past five years. Of those mayors, 19 were killed from the start of 2010 to the present, several

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27 Aug 2011

Nigeria president avoids naming suspects at bomb site

“Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited on Saturday the site of a bomb attack at the U.N. building in Abuja, refusing to be drawn on who was to blame but recognizing the threat posed by a radical Islamist sect.” Source: Nigeria president avoids naming suspects at bomb site | Reuters

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26 Aug 2011

NRC inspectors head to nuclear power plants in path of Irene

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has dispatched additional inspectors to nuclear power plants along the East Coast to ensure the safety of those facilities in advance of Hurricane Irene, the agency said Friday.” Source: NRC inspectors head to nuclear power plants in path of Irene – CNN.com

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26 Aug 2011

Expert: Drug gangs control half of Mexico

“Violent crime has become a problem of national security in Mexico, where half of the territory is outside of state control and “we’re in the hands of the narcos,” an intelligence expert and author of a new book on Mexico’s public safety woes, said. Jorge Carrillo Olea, founder of Mexico’s

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26 Aug 2011

Irene evacuations, transit shutdown ordered in NYC

“Nearly 300,000 people were ordered Friday to evacuate flood-prone areas and subways, buses and trains prepared to shut down a day later as Hurricane Irene steamed toward New York, the most powerful storm to target the city in decades. It was the first time the nation’s largest city was evacuated.

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26 Aug 2011

Brazilian gunmen attack van carrying oil employees

“Police say four gunmen intercepted a van and a microbus carrying seven U.S. citizens, one Canadian and 10 Brazilians working for a company that provides services to Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras. “ Source: Brazilian gunmen attack van carrying oil employees – El Paso Times

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26 Aug 2011

Somali Islamists behead 11 civilians in capital

“Residents say Somali Islamist rebels have beheaded at least 11 civilians in the capital in the past two weeks. They said Friday the attacks are designed to show the insurgency can still act in Mogadishu after withdrawing from their bases there earlier this month. The al-Shabab rebels said the retreat

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26 Aug 2011

Colombia sees surge in violent crime against oil workers

“Thanks in part to dramatically improved security in recent years, Colombia has vaulted into the major leagues of global crude producers. Ironically, that same success may be driving a surge in violent crime against oil workers flooding into areas formerly considered off-limits to outsiders.” Source: Colombia sees surge in violent

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26 Aug 2011

Fukushima caesium leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’

“Government nuclear experts, however, said the World War II bomb blast and the accidental reactor meltdowns at Fukushima, which has seen ongoing radiation leaks but no deaths so far, were beyond comparison. The amount of caesium-137 released since the three reactors were crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami

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