26 Nov 2010

Asian Currencies Fall on Korean Peninsula Tensions, Debt Crisis in Europe

“Asian currencies had their biggest weekly loss in six months as an exchange of artillery fire on the Korean peninsula deterred investment in the region and Europe’s debt crisis bolstered demand for dollars. The Bloomberg-JPMorgan Asia Dollar Index slid for a third week, its longest losing streak since February, after

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25 Nov 2010

23 killed in Rio crime crackdown

“At least 23 people have been killed in five days of clashes as Brazilian security forces seek to crush drug gangs and impose law and order in the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro. The gangs are fighting back by opening fire on police stations and setting cars and buses

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24 Nov 2010

China, Russia quit dollar

“Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies. ‘About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,’ Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg. The

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24 Nov 2010

Koreas on ‘brink of war’ because of Seoul, Pyongyang says

“North Korea on Wednesday blamed South Korea for driving them ‘to the brink of war,’ a day after the North shelled a South Korean island and killed four people. South Korea provoked the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island by holding a military drill off their shared coast in the Yellow Sea,

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23 Nov 2010

NATO targets terrorism, cybersecurity as central to 21st century mission

“The new ‘strategic concept,’ which is NATO’s first mission statement in more than a decade, elevates the role of political and civilian answers to security challenges. For the first time, for example, the military alliance will create a small civilian component to assist the military side in future interventions such

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23 Nov 2010

North, South Korean forces trade fire; 2 South Korean marines dead

“In a sharp escalation of hostility along their disputed sea border, North Korean and South Korean forces traded fire Tuesday, a deadly skirmish that jacked up diplomatic tensions in a volatile region. Two South Korean marines were killed and 15 South Korean soldiers and civilians were wounded when the North

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23 Nov 2010

Ten arrested over Belgium terrorism plot

“Ten men have been arrested in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany on suspicion of plotting an attack on Belgium. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office said the arrests were part of ‘an inquiry into international jihadist terror’.” (Source: Ten arrested over Belgium terrorism plot – RTÉ News)

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19 Nov 2010

Israel warplanes attack Gaza target after rockets: witnesses

“Israeli warplanes raided at least two targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian witnesses and Hamas officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attacks, one of which sent plumes of smoke shooting into the air in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, witnesses said.”

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18 Nov 2010

Cholera protesters attack cars in Haiti capital

“Protesters in Haiti’s capital are lashing out at U.N. peacekeepers and the government, blocking roads and attacking foreigners’ vehicles. Demonstrators are setting up burning barricades, and Haitian police have fired tear gas. U.N. and non-governmental organization vehicles have been pelted with rocks. “ (Cholera protesters attack cars in Haiti capital)

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18 Nov 2010

Germany says guarding against Mumbai-style attack

“German authorities are on guard against threats of armed attack on civilians of the kind that killed 166 in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Thursday. Police are taking added precautions, de Maiziere said, a day after Germany tightened security measures citing threats

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