American Foreign Policy

Retreating Islamist Rebels Burn Library of Historic Manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali

January 28, 2013

“Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town’s mayor, in an incident he described as a “devastating blow” to world heritage.”

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France Foreign Minister: Syria Risks “Falling Into the Hands of Islamist Militant Groups”

January 28, 2013

“Western concern over the growing strength of jihadist militants fighting autonomously in the disorganized ranks of anti-Assad rebel forces is rising.”

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U.S. Envoy Urges North Korea to Cancel Plans to Conduct a Third Nuclear Test

January 28, 2013

“North Korea’s top governing body warned last Thursday the regime would conduct another nuclear test. It said its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads and are capable of striking the U.S.”

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U.S. F-16 Fighter Jet Goes Missing Over the Adriatic Sea

January 28, 2013

“The plane lost contact with the control tower at about 1900 GMT and the Italian coast guard has joined in the search-and-rescue in the Adriatic Sea, where the jet is presumed to have gone down, ANSA reported.”

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Poll: Japanese Citizens Divided on Whether to Revise Japan Constitution’s Military Restrictions

January 28, 2013

“The survey by the Asahi newspaper and a University of Tokyo research team showed that 50 percent of voters were in favor of revising the constitution, up from 41 percent in 2009.”

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Report: French Air Strikes in Mali Kill Civilians in Gao

January 28, 2013

“French warplanes and helicopters have attacked the northern Malian city of Gao. French fighter jets have bombed areas in and around the town 30 times over the past 36 hours.”

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Iran Denies Media Reports of a “Major Explosion” at an Underground Uranium Enrichment Facility

January 28, 2013

“Reuters has been unable to verify reports since Friday of an explosion at the underground Fordow bunker, near the religious city of Qom, that some Israeli and Western media have said caused significant damage.”

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Israeli Vice President Minister Silvan Shalom: Movement of Chemical Weapons in Syria “Red Line” for Military Action

January 28, 2013

“A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces said that the deployment of the Iron Dome in the north — where Israel borders Syria and Lebanon — was part of a routine rotation around the country and “not related to any current situation assessments.””

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U.S. State Department: Iran Sentences American Pastor to 8 Years in Prison

January 27, 2013

“Earlier this month Iran’s semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini’s attorney as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.”

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British Government Warns Citizens to Leave Somaliland After Terrorists Threaten Foreigners

January 27, 2013

“A person who has been briefed on the new British warning said that a terrorist organization, most likely the Shabab, had threatened to kidnap foreigners in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.”

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Mali Military Forces, With French Support, Capture Timbuktu Airport

January 27, 2013

“A reconnaissance team has already reached the edge of Timbuktu, a senior Malian officer said, adding that French and Malian soldiers were approaching the city “without meeting any resistance”.”

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French and Mali Troops Restore Government Control in Timbuktu

January 27, 2013

“A Malian military source said the combined forces reached “the gates of Timbuktu” late on Saturday night without meeting resistance from the insurgents.”

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Satellite Photos: North Korea Preparing, Almost Ready to Conduct a Third Nuclear Test

January 25, 2013

“The North said a nuclear test was part of “upcoming” action but did not say exactly when or where it would take place.”

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Lawyers: Former British Man and Terror Suspect Accuses the CIA of Torture

January 25, 2013

“Although secret police in Djibouti were responsible for much of the torture, he says they worked in collaboration with US interrogators from the CIA and FBI.”

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Justice Department Opens Criminal Investigation Into Possible Contract Rigging By USAID

January 25, 2013

“Memos from the inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development also reveal that the IG is investigating whether Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg tried to interfere with an internal investigation.”

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