29 Jun 2011

Iraq Oil Assets May Be at Risk of Seizure

“The expiration today of United Nations protection of Iraq’s oil revenue from creditors seeking damages stemming from Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait may make the assets vulnerable to seizure, exacerbating tensions between the two countries. “ (Source: Iraq Oil Assets May Be at Risk of Seizure – Bloomberg.)

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29 Jun 2011

Nigeria imposes curfew on Abuja nightclubs and pubs

“A curfew has been imposed on Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, following recent attacks by Islamist militants, meaning nightclubs, beer parlours and cinemas must close early. They must shut by 2200 local time (2100 GMT) and public parks that admit children should close by 1800.” Source: BBC News – Nigeria imposes curfew

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29 Jun 2011

UN rights deputy sees risk of new war in Sudan

“A senior U.N. human rights official warned Wednesday of the risk that full-blown war may break out again between north and south Sudan if clashes in the border areas spread. Fighting between north Sudan’s military and elements linked to the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, has persisted along

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28 Jun 2011

Serial hijackings leave millions at risk of a chemical disaster

“The latest in a series of hijackings of chemical security legislation since 2001 took place at the June 22 mark up of H.R. 901 in Representative Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) Homeland Security Committee. It sounds crazy but King’s bill would extend current law until 2018 even though it prohibits the Department

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28 Jun 2011

Pakistan Taliban Threatens Attacks on Targets in U.S., Europe

“The Pakistani branch of the Taliban is threatening to carry out 10 new terror attacks, which will include targets in the U.S. and Europe, to “avenge” the death of Osama bin Laden, one of the group’s leaders said in a video over the weekend. “Soon you will see attacks against

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28 Jun 2011

Top hotel in Kabul attacked by suicide bombers

“Two suicide bombers attacked a major hotel frequented by Westerners in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul late Tuesday, a police source said, and a Reuters witness said gunfire was heard for several minutes after one blast. Gunfire tapered off several minutes after the blast was heard, the Reuters witness said. The

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28 Jun 2011

Up to 15 EU banks to fail stress test

“Up to one in six European banks is set to fail an EU-wide financial health check, according to euro zone sources close to the stress-testing, as officials scramble to set up backstops for those at risk. The result, which the European Central Bank and others hope will persuade investors the

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28 Jun 2011

Greek protests turn violent as EU warns of default

“Anti-austerity protests turned violent in Athens on Tuesday as the European Union warned Greek lawmakers the country faces immediate default unless they back an unpopular economic plan this week. Hooded youths throwing stones and wielding sticks set fire to garbage bins and a telecoms truck outside parliament and riot police

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28 Jun 2011

Nigerian Sect Targets Security Forces, Non-Muslim Civilians

“Islamic militants in Nigeria belonging to the Boko Haram group are being blamed for a series of attacks in the city of Maiduguri including bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed at least 28 people. Boko Haram began in 2004 as a gathering of fundamentalist, middle-class university students united behind

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28 Jun 2011

Taiwanese spy operation led to Chinese official’s dismissal, claims leaked cable

“The puzzling resignation of China’s minister of finance was caused by his sexual involvement with a Taiwanese spy, who extracted classified information from him, according to a leaked American diplomatic cable. At the time of his 2007 resignation, Jin Renqing, a Communist Party bureaucrat with over 40 years of financial

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