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United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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Australia Blocks North Korea From Re-Opening Embassy, Citing North Korea’s Nuclear Test

March 7, 2013

“Australia, a close U.S. ally, is one of a few Western countries to have diplomatic ties with North Korea, which first opened a Canberra embassy in May 2002. It closed the embassy six years later and then sought this year to reopen it.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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North Korea Warns United States of a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

March 7, 2013

“An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.”

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North Korea Threatens to Nullify 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korean War

March 6, 2013

“The threat came on Tuesday as the United States, with Chinese backing, introduced a draft UN resolution to punish North Korea for its nuclear test on February 12.”

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Chinese General Who Threatened the United States With a Nuclear Strike Visits the Pentagon

March 5, 2013

““If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Zhu told a Financial Times reporter in 2005.”

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United Nations Security Council Considering Resolution to Increase Sanctions Against North Korea

March 5, 2013

“The United States and China introducing a resolution that would target North Korean bankers and overseas cash couriers, tighten inspections of suspect ship and air cargo and subject the country’s diplomats to invasive scrutiny and increased risk of expulsion.”

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Shipment Seized Off the Coast of Yemen Contained Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles

March 4, 2013

“The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen.”

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Thailand Agrees to Engage in Peace Talks With National Revolution Front Rebels

February 28, 2013

“The agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday between representatives of the Thai government and the National Revolution Front (BRN) rebels, ahead of talks between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.”

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Witnesses Support Claims of Human Rights Abuses by Sri Lankan Military Against Tamil Tiger Rebels

February 25, 2013

“Their accounts cast fresh doubt on the Sri Lankan government’s claim that the rebels were killed by their own supporters and add to a growing body of evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan military during the conflict.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) Dismisses China’s Hacking Denials

February 24, 2013

“He said the attacks were illegal and unprecedented in scope, and that the United States was not currently able to protect American companies from them.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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Afghan President Karzai Orders U.S. Special Forces to Leave Strategic Province Over Allegations of Torture by Afghan Soldiers

February 24, 2013

“Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces.”

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Taliban Insurgents Launch 4 Attacks on Sunday in Afghanistan

February 24, 2013

“Taliban insurgents were behind the three explosions in the provinces, said Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group. But he disavowed knowledge of the attempt in Kabul.”

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