International

Ban urges immediate end to Hostilities in Sudan Border Region

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, which has caused the death of many civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands, and put United Nations staff directly at risk. In a statement issued by his spokesperson,  Ban voiced his deep concern about the deterioration [...]

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U.S. Fails in Gun-Running Sting Operation, Ends up Giving Mexican Drug Cartels weapons

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Now to a bungled US operation that ended up handed Mexican drug cartels weapons. A US congressional hearing has been told that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms intentionally allowed Mexicans to buy weapons. It was attempting to track them back to senior members of Mexican drug cartels but once the [...]

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Secretary Gates Questioned on Pakistan’s Arrest of CIA Informants

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source The reported arrest in Pakistan of informants who helped the United States find Osama bin Laden evoked outrage Wednesday on Capitol Hill and pleas for patience from top military officials. The arrests represent the latest crisis in the strained relationship between the two countries, a relationship that experts and military officials say is [...]

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Obama Aide: Despite Congressional pressure, the Libya Operation will proceed

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Obama administration made clear Wednesday that it will keep running military operations in Libya even if it doesn’t get formal approval from Congress, contending U.S. involvement is limited to a support role that does not violate the War Powers Act. The White House is facing pressure from Congress to clarify U.S. actions in [...]

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Tripoli Blasts heard near Gaddafi’s Compound

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Six explosions have been heard in the centre of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, near the fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound of Col Muammar Gaddafi. Smoke could be seen rising in the area at dawn on Thursday. The compound has been the target of a number of Nato air strikes in recent months. The [...]

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Gaddafi’s Son Mentions Possibility of Elections

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Elections watched by international observers could take place in Libya within three months, one of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sons says in a published interview. The European Union, the African Union, the United Nations or NATO could be present to ensure transparency, Saif Gadhafi told the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. “The [...]

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Syrians flee Northern City of Maarat al-Numan, fearing military assault

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Hundreds of Syrians fled the northern city of Maarat al-Numan Wednesday ahead of a feared military assault, as Turkey’s prime minister pushed President Bashar al-Assad to end a crackdown against a widening anti-government uprising. Witnesses and activists in Maarat al-Numan say Syrian troops intermittently shelled areas near the city and raided nearby [...]

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Turkey has fallout with Syria

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The final decision on launching the Gaza flotilla may not have been made. The difficulties are clear – they reflect the complex fallout for Turkey from the situation in Syria. Turkey has almost completely changed its position on Syria in light of the regime’s killings, torture and brutal repression of demonstrations. It [...]

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EU Warns of Chaos from the Greece Problem

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Greek government is on the brink of collapse after pitched battles on the streets of Athens, sending world sharemarkets tumbling as EU leaders squabbled over whether and how to launch a second attempt to keep Greece from insolvency. George Papandreou, the socialist prime minister, appeared to admit defeat by offering to [...]

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Pakistan Army Chief Kayani fighting to keep job

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Pakistan’s army chief is fighting to save his position in the face of “seething anger” in the army establishment over the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, according to the New York Times. Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who has led the army since 2007, “faces such intense discontent over what is [...]

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6.6-Magnitude Earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

June 16, 2011

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Senator Graham: Now is the time to “pour it on” in Afghanistan

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   As Senate Democrats ramp up their calls to pull out significant numbers of troops from Afghanistan this summer, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is warning that U.S. military efforts in the country will not survive if Congress “becomes an isolationist body.” Within the next few weeks, President Obama will reveal his much-anticipated decision [...]

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Rocket fired at police ceremony with Afghani Vice President in attendance

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Source 2 A suicide bomber driving a car filled with explosives killed seven people in the Kapisa province, just north of the capital Kabul. [/expand]

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CIA launches attacks in Yemen

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The CIA is taking over the command of carrying out aggressive drone strikes in Yemen from the military. The spooks used to give intelligence support to the campaign take out al-Qaeda operators in the country. The CIA operates under different legal restrictions, giving the US a freer hand to carry out strikes [...]

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United Kingdom presses Sri Lanka to investigate War Crimes

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The UK Foreign Office has pressed Sri Lanka to investigate alleged atrocities during its civil war after “horrific” footage aired in a TV programme. Britain’s Channel 4 showed what it said was previously unseen footage of what purported to be extrajudicial killings of Tamils by the military. Sri Lanka’s defence ministry dismissed [...]

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