Last Month, China and Pakistan Reached a Secret Agreement to Construct Pakistan’s Third Nuclear Reactor

March 21, 2013

“According to U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials, the secret agreement for the Chashma 3 reactor was signed in Beijing during the visit by a delegation from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from Feb. 15 to 18.”

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U.S. Government Cybersecurity Expansion Includes Monitoring Private E-Mails and Web Traffic

March 21, 2013

“The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure.”

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British Health Minister Advises Banning Use of Preventative Antibiotics in Livestock

March 21, 2013

“Livestock are often given antibiotics whether or not they are unwell as a preventative measure to stop diseases spreading, but the bugs are increasingly developing resistance to the drugs.”

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France: 1 Mali Soldier and 10 Islamist Militants Killed in Overnight Fighting Near the Timbuktu Airport

March 21, 2013

“Burkhard also reported that 15 Islamist fighters had been killed in clashes in Gao, northern Mali, in recent days. After initial confusion, it transpired that these were the same casualties reported by the French army on Tuesday.”

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Mali Local Council: Civil Servants and State Officials Have Yet to Return to Gao, 6 Weeks After France Recaptured the City

March 21, 2013

“Residents of Gao are waiting for state officials to come back, six weeks after French-led troops recaptured this northern Malian city from Islamist fighters.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Praises France’s Military Intervention in Mali

March 21, 2013

“After initially hesitating, the United States has backed the French-led action with logistical support, sending transport planes, surveillance drones and refueling tankers to boost the campaign.”

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al-Qaeda Spokesman: French Hostage Executed in Mali in Retaliation Against France Intervention

March 21, 2013

“In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official said the government is aware of the report of the killing of a French hostage, kidnapped on November 11, and is investigating.”

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France Prime Minister: French Troops Will Pull Out of Mali “From the End of April”

March 21, 2013

“Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius first said the 4,000-strong French contingent would be withdrawn from March. President Francois Hollande then promised a troop reduction from April.”

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France President Hollande: Sovereignty of “Almost the Entire Territory” of Mali Will Be Restored in “a Few Days”

March 21, 2013

“French President François Hollande said Wednesday that the sovereignty of “almost the entire territory” of Mali would be restored in “a few days”, as France prepared to wind down an intervention to drive Islamists from the north of the country.”

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France Recalls Ambassador to Mali Due to Personal Conflict With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

March 21, 2013

“France recalled its ambassador to Mali on Thursday after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, diplomatic sources in the West African nation said. Christian Rouyer will be replaced by Gilles Huberson.”

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U.S. State Department Designates Mali Rebel Group Ansar al-Dine as a Terrorist Organization

March 21, 2013

“Ansar al-Dine, established in late 2011 and led by Iyad ag Ghali, cooperates closely with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, another terrorist group operating in North Africa, the State Department said.”

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Chicago Announces Plan to Close 11% of Elementary Schools Before the 2013-2014 Academic Year

March 21, 2013

“Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country’s third-largest public school district.”

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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: United Nations Will Investigate Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

March 21, 2013

“In a brief statement that he read to reporters, Mr. Ban said he was responding to a formal request made by the Syrian government on Wednesday for a specialized, independent mission to investigate.”

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Re-Instate Military Tuition Assistance Program Cut By Sequestration

March 21, 2013

“Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, along with a Republican Senator from Oklahoma, passed a bill in the senate that would re-instate the tuition program cut by sequestration.”

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RT Publishes Full Release of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton E-Mail Memo Hacking

March 21, 2013

Algerian Gas Plant hostage-takers came from Mali, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Egypt.

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