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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09 Jul 2012

Japan’s government could run out of cash by October

“Japan’s government could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit.” Source: Japan’s government could run out of cash by October | Reuters

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02 Jul 2012

Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers

“An Afghan policeman shot dead three British soldiers at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province on Sunday, Afghan officials said, the latest in a chain of increasingly frequent rogue killings.” Source: Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers | Reuters

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01 May 2012

Tricky allegiances among China, Brazil and others

” Even as emerging market growth slows, China and Brazil still expect the kind of growth that makes American and European policymakers salivate. Yet these superpowers haven’t yet formed healthy, mutually beneficial economic alliances. The push-pull between the two illustrates the challenges both countries have as they try to amass

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