16 Mar 2011

FBI: Terrorism, al-Qaida Pose Biggest Threat to US

“The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says terrorism in general and al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to pose the most significant threat to the United States. Robert Mueller testified Wednesday at a House of Representatives committee hearing. “ Source: FBI: Terrorism, al-Qaida Pose Biggest Threat to US

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16 Mar 2011

Four N.Y. Times journalists missing in Libya

“Four journalists for The New York Times are missing in Libya, the newspaper said Wednesday on its website. The Times said the missing journalists are Anthony Shadid, the paper’s Beirut bureau chief and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in

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16 Mar 2011

Wholesale prices up 1.6 pct. on steep rise in food

“Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent

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16 Mar 2011

Radiation Fears Spark Tokyo Exodus, KLM and Lufthansa Cancel Narita Flights

“The international and domestic terminals at Narita International Airport were crammed with passengers leaving the capital after a small spike in radiation levels were detected in Tokyo following a reactor fire that has raged for two days at a troubled nuclear plant 150 miles north of the city. Four of

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16 Mar 2011

Israeli strike kills two Hamas security men

” Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing two Palestinian militants, Hamas and Palestinian medical officials said.” Source: Israeli strike kills two Hamas security men | Reuters

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16 Mar 2011

The Perilous Intersection of Mexico’s Drug War & Pemex

“The stillness of early Sunday morning December 19, 2010 was shattered by a thunderous explosion. Residents across San Martin Texmelucan, a small town about 60 miles from Mexico City, were awakened to the latest, and one of the most deadly incidents, involving possible fuel theft at Pemex, Mexico’s national oil

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16 Mar 2011

Jordan’s king sets 3-month deadline for political reforms

“Jordan’s king has set a three-month deadline for agreement on political reforms. Abdullah II says a 53-member committee with government officials and opposition leaders will draft new laws for parliamentary elections and political parties — key demands in 11 weeks of protests.” Source: Jordan’s king sets 3-month deadline for political

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16 Mar 2011

Security Forces Rout Protesters from Bahrain Square

“Hundreds of riot police and military troops moved early Wednesday into Pearl Square, the stronghold of the antigovernment protest movement here, using tanks, helicopters and jeeps with machine guns mounted on their roofs to expel demonstrators clamoring for reform. “ Source: Security Forces Rout Protesters from Bahrain Square – NYTimes.com

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15 Mar 2011

Bahrain king declares state of emergency after protests

“The king of Bahrain has declared a state of emergency, due to start immediately and which will last for three months, state TV has reported. The announcement follows weeks of unrest in the kingdom. The nation’s armed forces chief has been authorised to take all measures to ‘protect the safety

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15 Mar 2011

Japan earthquake disrupts technology companies

“Technology firms are facing major disruption to supplies in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami which have devastated parts of Japan. The country is home to several of the world’s major high tech manufacturers. Many of them have had to stop production to carry out safety checks and the

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