02 Jul 2011

Puerto Rico police chief quits amid crime concerns

“Puerto Rico’s police chief resigned Saturday amid sharp criticism over a rising homicide rate in the U.S. territory and allegations of police abuse. Jose Figueroa Sancha stepped down after less than three years overseeing a 19,000-strong force. “You, my fellow police officers … represent the hope of a society that

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01 Jul 2011

Somalia, Yemen Tops World’s Most Failed State Index

“Somalia gained new notoriety this week, as revelations about recent U.S. drone strikes there surfaced and the Eastern African nation was ranked first on a list of the most failed states in the world. The Fund for Peace launched its 2011 Failed State Index at an event earlier this week,

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01 Jul 2011

Message to US agents: ‘We’ll chop your heads off’

“A spray-painted sign threatening death for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents was found Friday next to a school in a northern Mexico state capital, officials said. Addressed with profanity to ‘Gringos (D.E.A.),’ the unsigned graffiti warned: ‘We know where you are and we know who you are and where you

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01 Jul 2011

Gadhafi threatens to take war to Europe

“Moammar Gadhafi, rallying his supporters in war-torn Libya, threatened Friday to take the fighting to Europe, according to an audio message aired by state TV. ‘You are mistaken, you are involved in a battle that you don’t know what you are going to face, so withdraw, and run away,’ Gadhafi

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01 Jul 2011

Syria Pulls Armed Forces From Some Cities

“The Syrian military and the government’s security forces have largely withdrawn from one of the country’s largest cities as well as other areas, residents and activists said Wednesday, leaving territory to protesters whose demonstrations have grown larger and whose chants have taunted a leadership that once inspired deep fear. “

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01 Jul 2011

Riyadh will build nuclear weapons if Iran gets them, Saudi prince warns

“A senior Saudi Arabian diplomat and member of the ruling royal family has raised the spectre of nuclear conflict in the Middle East if Iran comes close to developing a nuclear weapon. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to Washington, warned senior Nato military officials that

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01 Jul 2011

U.S. Homeland Security Isn’t Affected by Debt-Ceiling Showdown

“U.S. Homeland Security workers protecting borders and guarding against terrorists won’t be affected by a possible federal government shutdown in the event that Congress fails to raise the federal debt ceiling. “We continue to operate regardless of any budget debt ceiling,” Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano said today at

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30 Jun 2011

British strikes set to cause chaos for schools, travel

“Hundreds of thousands of British teachers, air traffic controllers, customs officers and other public sector workers went on strike Thursday, causing potential chaos for schoolchildren and travelers. Workers are marching in many British cities, including London, where thousands of strikers marched peacefully in the center of the city, their route

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29 Jun 2011

Obama Counterterrorism Plan Focuses on Threat ‘From Within’

“The Obama administration’s new counterterrorism strategy is the nation’s first to focus on al- Qaeda’s ability to attack the U.S. ‘from within,’ White House adviser John Brennan said.” (Source: Obama Counterterrorism Plan Focuses on Threat ‘From Within’.)

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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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