International

15 Year-Old Palestinian Activist Malala Yousufzai Undergoes Successful Skull Surgery in the U.K.

February 4, 2013

“Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager who defied Taliban attackers to promote education for girls, says she’s “feeling all right” after two weekend surgeries.”

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Fighting Between Two Rival Philippine Rebel Groups Leads to 21 Deaths

February 4, 2013

“Roughly 200 ASG members and between 700 to 1,000 MNLF fighters were involved in the clashes.”

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Europol: 680 Suspicious Soccer Matches With Evidence of Match-Fixing

February 4, 2013

“The European Union’s police agency said an 18-month review found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.”

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Vice President Biden: United States and France Agree on Need for a United Nations Mission in Mali

February 4, 2013

“He said the US “stands with France and other partners in Mali” and “provides intelligence support, transportation for the French and African troops and refueling capability for French aircraft,” there.”

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Vice President Biden: United States Supports French Military Action in Mali

February 4, 2013

“Speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande, who visited Mali at the weekend, Mr Biden said they had agreed that African troops should take over from French forces “as quickly as reasonably possible”, before the UN assumes overall command.”

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Report: Vice President Biden Told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov That Washington Wants to Continue With Relations Reset

February 4, 2013

“Kommersant daily, quoting a source in Russia’s delegation at the Munich Security Conference, said Biden believes the normalization of relations between Moscow and Washington may begin with joint cooperation in resisting the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

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United States and South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

February 4, 2013

“The region has also seen a boost in diplomatic activity since last month, when North Korea announced it would conduct a nuclear test to protest U.N. Security Council sanctions toughened after a satellite launch in December that the U.S. and others say was a disguised test of banned missile technology.”

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Syrian Opposition Leader Moaz Alkhatib Criticized for Meeting With Iran and Russia

February 4, 2013

“The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, portrayed Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib’s new willingness to talk with the Assad regime as a major step towards resolving the two-year-old war.”

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Syrian President Assad: Israel Attempting to Destabilize Syria

February 4, 2013

“Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week, and said his country was able to confront “current threats … and aggression”, according to state media.”

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Vietnam Court Sentences 22 People to Prison for “Activities Aimed at Overthrowing the Government”

February 4, 2013

“In that case, 13 people – mostly Catholics, including bloggers and students – accused of having links to the banned Viet Tan group were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence.”

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Sunni-Linked Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 15 People at a Police Headquarters in Kirkuk, Iraq

February 4, 2013

“A suicide car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a provincial police headquarters in a disputed northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90 others, officials said.”

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Israel Planning a “Buffer Zone” Within the Syrian Border For When the Syrian Government is Overthrown

February 4, 2013

“Israel intends to declare a buffer zone inside the Syrian border to prevent radical groups from getting too close to its territory when the embattled Damascus regime topples, security sources said on Sunday.”

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Iran Supreme National Security Council Secretary: Israel Will Regret Its Airstrike Against Syria

February 4, 2013

“The remarks come as Israel is reportedly planning to set up a buffer zone along its border with Syria to guard against Islamist fighters.”

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United Kingdom Deploys Miniature Surveillance Drones in Afghanistan

February 4, 2013

“British troops in Afghanistan are now using 10-centimeter-long 16-gram spy helicopters to survey Taliban firing spots.”

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French-Owned Oil Tanker Likely Hijacked Near the Ivory Coast

February 4, 2013

“A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to steal their valuable cargo.”

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