International

President Obama to Announce a Troop Reduction in Afghanistan During his State of the Union Address

February 12, 2013

“The highly anticipated announcement on the next phase of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by more than half by a year from now.”

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United Nations Security Council “Strongly Condemns” North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“A united U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and pledged further action Tuesday, calling Pyongyang’s latest defiant act “a clear threat to international peace and security.”"

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United Nations Security Council to Hold an Emergency Meeting to Discuss and Address North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“South Korea’s U.N. Mission informed reporters early Tuesday that the closed-door meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT). South Korea joined the Security Council in January for a 2-year term and currently holds the council’s rotating presidency.”

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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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North Korea Confirms Conducting Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“It may take days to ascertain whether the North used highly enriched uranium for the first time in the nuclear test, a move that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon.”

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Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

February 11, 2013

“Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.”

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Head of Guinea’s Military Killed in a Plane Crash in Liberia

February 11, 2013

“General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo, who was on a security mission to Liberia, was appointed by Conde after the latter won elections in 2010 in the world’s top bauxite producer.”

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Eritrea President Blames “Bankrupt Enemies” For Dissident Army Mutiny

February 11, 2013

“The incident sparked protests by exiled Eritreans in Europe, who briefly occupied embassies in London, Rome and other cities last month to express support for the mutinous soldiers.”

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China’s Patience With North Korea “Wearing Thin”

February 11, 2013

“China’s patience with North Korea is wearing thin, and a widely-expected nuclear test by the latter could bring that frustration to a head.”

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Nigeria Arrests 3 Journalists For Inciting Violence By Calling Polio Vaccinations an Anti-Islam Western Conspiracy

February 11, 2013

“Polio crippled thousands of people every year in rich nations until the 1950s. As a result of vaccination, it is now only endemic in three countries – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

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Russian Coal Mine Explosion Kills 18 Miners

February 11, 2013

“The Emergency Situations Ministry said dozens of men were working in the Vorkutinskaya mine in the Komi region at the time of the blast, which officials blamed on a buildup of methane gas.”

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s CPR Party Reverses Decision to Withdraw From Government

February 11, 2013

“Congress for the Republic (CPR) Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou told a news conference that the party had decided to remain in the government.”

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Car Explosion Kills 12 People Near the Turkish-Syrian Border; Unclear if Explosion Was Accidental

February 11, 2013

“Turkish media say the explosion of a car near the border between Turkey and Syria has killed at least 12 people and wounded nearly 30 others.”

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Fighting Between Government Forces and Syrian Rebels Escalates in Damascus, Syria

February 11, 2013

“In this war of murky battlefield reports, it is hard to know whether the rebels’ recent forays past some of the capital’s circle of defenses.”

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Syrian Rebels Capture Country’s Largest Hydroelectric Dam

February 11, 2013

“Rebels led by the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra now control much of the water flow in the country’s north and east, eliciting warnings from experts that any mistake in managing the dam may drown wide areas in Syria and Iraq.”

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