International

Bombings Kill At Least 65 People on the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Ira

March 19, 2013

“The nearly 20 attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, demonstrated in stark terms how dangerously divided Iraq remains more than a year after American troops withdrew. More than 240 people were reported wounded.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls For U.S. Troops On The Ground in Syria To Secure Chemical Weapons

March 19, 2013

“”Absolutely, you’ve got to get on the ground. There is no substitute for securing these weapons… I don’t care what it takes. We need partners in the region.”"

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Syrian Government And Rebels Blame Each Other For First Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack

March 19, 2013

“Neither of the accusations could immediately be verified, and a chemical weapons expert in the U.K. told CBSNews.com there was very little evidence to suggest any actual chemical weapons had been deployed.”

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Cyprus Parliament Likely to Reject Terms of Bailout And Tax on Bank Holdings

March 19, 2013

“Cyprus’s Parliament is likely to reject an international bailout package that involves taxing ordinary depositors to pay part of the bill, President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday.”

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Cyprus Finance Minister Michael Sarris Abruptly Resigns; President Anastasiades Rejects Resignation

March 19, 2013

“Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting that Cyprus finance minister Michael Sarris has resigned, citing Market News International.”

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Hundreds of Egyptian Villagers Lynch Two Men Accused of Kidnapping Children

March 19, 2013

“Mamdooh al-Munir, a local spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood said that the lynching followed a spate of rapes in the area. He said there had been a number of incidents in the last few months of girls being abducted on their way home from school.”

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British Politicians Drafts New Code to Regulate and Restrict the Press

March 18, 2013

“The body being proposed by politicians would be independent of the media and would have the power to force newspapers to print prominent apologies.”

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U.S. Defense Contractor in Hawaii Arrested For Leaking Classified Information to Chinese Woman

March 18, 2013

“A U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii has been arrested on charges of passing national defense secrets, including classified information about nuclear weapons, to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, authorities said on Monday.”

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Syrian Opposition Coalition Elects Ghassan Hitto as Interim Prime Minister

March 18, 2013

“Syria’s opposition coalition early Tuesday elected a little-known American-educated IT manager and Islamic activist to head an interim government to administer the areas seized by rebel forces from the forces of President Bashar Assad.”

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Video Shows French Hostages Held By Islamist Extremists in Cameroon

March 18, 2013

“The video’s audio airs a man’s voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says that his family is being held by the Islamic radical sect known as Boko Haram which wants all its members freed, especially women and children held in Nigerian and Cameroonian custody.”

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Venezuela to Create Foreign Exchange Mechanism Allowing Citizens Another Channel to Buy U.S. Dollars

March 18, 2013

“He didn’t provide specific details, but people familiar with central bank deliberations last week said the government will allow dollars to be bought at rates much weaker than the fixed rate.”

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European Union Finance Ministers Sticking to Target for Cyprus to Raise 5.8 Billion Euros

March 18, 2013

“Euro-area finance ministers told Cyprus to raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) from bank depositors to unlock emergency loans, maintaining the revenue target while suggesting sparing small-scale savers.”

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Pentagon: U.S. B-52 Fighter Jets Conducted Simulated Nuclear Bombing Raids on North Korea During Military Exercises

March 18, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle.”

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FBI Arrests Bo Jiang, a Chinese Scientist Working For a NASA Contractor, While Attempting to Flee to China

March 18, 2013

“He made Jiang’s name public for the first time last week during a subcommittee hearing where he also charged that Jiang had taken “voluminous sensitive” NASA documents back to China on a trip in 2012.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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