28 Sep 2010

Afghan Official, 5 Others Killed by Bomber

“A suicide car bomber killed a deputy governor and five other people Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, police said. In an emotional speech, President Hamid Karzai urged Afghans to decry such violence and fretted that young people will choose to flee their country. The explosion occurred when the official was driving

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28 Sep 2010

Mayor murdered in Mexico is 11th this year

“The mayor of the Mexican town of Tancitaro, in southern Michoacan state, has been murdered, making him the 11th municipal leader slain so far this year, the state prosecutor said. Mayor Gustavo Sanchez, 29, and a colleague, Rafael Equihua Cervantes, 36, were found murdered on a rural road early Monday,

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28 Sep 2010

Terrorism fears put Paris on high alert

“When an unclaimed package was spotted in a busy subway station Monday, police immediately diverted trains, ordered thousands of frustrated travelers into the street and dispatched a bomb squad to test for explosives. Within half an hour, the armor-suited specialists had determined there was no bomb. Train and subway passengers

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22 Sep 2010

Risk of small-scale attacks by al-Qaeda and its allies is rising, officials say

“Al-Qaeda and its allies are likely to attempt small-scale, less sophisticated terrorist attacks in the United States, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday, noting that it’s extremely difficult to detect such threats in advance. ‘Unlike large-scale, coordinated, catastrophic attacks, executing smaller-scale attacks requires less planning and fewer pre-operational steps,’ said

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22 Sep 2010

3 French employees kidnapped from ship off Nigeria

“Pirates armed with Kalashnikov rifles clashed with Nigerian navy forces in a failed bid to take over an offshore oil platform, then kidnapped three French employees of a marine services company while retreating, a Nigerian official said Wednesday. Navy Commodore David Nabaida said a Thai employee also may have been

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21 Sep 2010

France raises anti-terror security after tip-offs

“France is on heightened alert for possible terror attacks after intelligence suggested public places could be targeted, officials have said. The officials, who spoke anonymously, said one tip-off suggested a female suicide bomber was planning to attack the transport system. Without confirming the reports, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said ‘the

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15 Sep 2010

Zawahri criticises Pakistani govt in al Qaeda tape

“Al Qaeda’s number two Ayman al-Zawahri released an audio recording on Wednesday accusing the Pakistani government of responding too slowly to severe flooding in the country and calling on Pakistanis to revolt. Zawahri, believed to be hiding in mountains along the Afghan-Pakistani border, spoke in a 44-minute recording which appeared

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15 Sep 2010

US Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba

“The U.S. Embassy in Jordan has warned Americans of a ‘possible imminent threat’ in the country’s Red Sea port of Aqaba and has recommended avoiding the city for the next 48 hours. The embassy said Wednesday it has received ‘credible information’ of a potential terrorist attack in the Gulf of

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14 Sep 2010

Intelligence official, four family members killed in Nigeria

“Unknown attackers brandishing machetes stormed the home of a senior intelligence official and hacked him and four members of his family to death in an apparent targeted killing, police said Tuesday. Two other children managed to escape the attack, though one was wounded, according to police. ‘The man Garba Bello,

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13 Sep 2010

Cuba to lay off 500,000 in 6 months, allow private jobs

“Cuba announced on Monday it would lay off ‘at least’ half a million state workers over the next six months and simultaneously allow more jobs to be created in the private sector as the socialist economy struggles to get back on its feet. The plan announced in state media confirms

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