30 Nov 2012

Train cars with toxic cargo crash off New Jersey bridge into creek

“A bridge collapsed in the West Deptford area of New Jersey on Friday, sending several train cars carrying toxic chemicals crashing into a creek near the Delaware River, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable chemical, is believed to be leaking into Mantua Creek, Petty

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29 Nov 2012

Syria: Internet and mobile communication ‘cut off’

“The internet has been cut off and mobile phones have been disrupted in Syria, monitoring firms have said. Networking firm Renesys said the country’s connection protocols were unreachable, ‘effectively removing the country from the internet’.” Source: BBC News – Syria: Internet and mobile communication ‘cut off’

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26 Nov 2012

‘Hackers’ on trial in Turkey for the first time

“A group of Internet hackers appeared before an Ankara court on Monday on charges of terrorism, the first time alleged cyber criminals have been put on trial in Turkey, local media reported. The 10 members of the ‘Redhack’ group are accused of belonging to an armed terrorist organization, illegally obtaining

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05 Nov 2012

U.S. soldier faces hearing in Afghanistan massacre

“The U.S. soldier accused of carrying out one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars was appearing in a military courtroom Monday, where prosecutors will lay out their case that he killed 16 people, including children, during a predawn raid on two villages in the Taliban’s heartland.”

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31 Oct 2012

U.S., allies marshaling African proxies for fight against terrorism – latimes.com

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and diplomatic counterparts from France have been shopping around a plan to train and equip West African troops to drive out the Al Qaeda-aligned militants who hold sway over a swath of northern Mali the size of Texas. Ultraorthodox Muslims this year hijacked a long-simmering rebellion

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14 Oct 2012

U.S. Says Iranian Hackers Are Behind Electronic Assaults on U.S. Banks, Foreign Energy Firms

“Iranian hackers with government ties have mounted cyberattacks against American targets in recent months, escalating a low-grade cyberwar, U.S. officials say.” Source: U.S. Says Iranian Hackers Are Behind Electronic Assaults on U.S. Banks, Foreign Energy Firms – WSJ.com

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05 Oct 2012

Health officials: Patients in 23 states linked to fungal meningitis infections

“Patients in 23 states could have been exposed to tainted medications that are being linked to dangerous fungal meningitis infections, health officials announced Thursday.” Source: Health officials: More patients linked to fungal meningitis infections – CNN.com

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02 Aug 2012

Chinese teenager ‘kills eight in knife attack’

“A teenager has killed eight people and wounded five others in a knife attack in China’s Liaoning province, state media says. “ Source: BBC News – Chinese teenager ‘kills eight in knife attack’

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27 Jul 2012

Russia denies plans for new navy bases abroad

“Russia’s Defence Ministry has denied reports Moscow its planning to set up its first new overseas navy bases since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.” Source: BBC News – Russia denies plans for new navy bases abroad

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19 Jul 2012

China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans

“Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans to African countries over the next three years, boosting a relationship that has been criticized by the West and given Beijing growing access to the resource-rich continent.” Source: China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans | Reuters

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