International

German Defense Minister Visits Mali Ahead of German Training Program in Mali Next Month

March 18, 2013

“De Maiziere met with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore on Monday in the capital, Bamako, as well as French General Francois Lecointre, who is commanding the French military mission in Mali.”

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Algerian Newspaper Report: French-Led Troops Using Internationally-Banned Weapons in Mali

March 18, 2013

“The statement said French-led soldiers employ weapons containing depleted uranium with high explosive power to bomb the caves in Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali. “

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U.S. Justice Department Investigating Wall Street Journal’s China News Bureau Over Bribery Allegations

March 18, 2013

“A search by the Journal’s parent company found no evidence to support the claim, according to government and corporate officials familiar with the case.”

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Government: Cyprus Banks to Remain Closed Until Thursday

March 18, 2013

“”Tuesday and Wednesday are bank holidays,” the source said. A decree will be released shortly from the Finance Ministry to this effect, he said.”

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Western Officials Fear That Mali Will Turn Into a Hotbed For Terrorism Following France’s Withdrawal

March 17, 2013

“Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job.”

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Fifth French Soldier Killed in Mali

March 17, 2013

“A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.”

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Canadian Prison Break: Two Prisoners Break Out of Quebec Prison and Hijack a Helicopter

March 17, 2013

“An hour after the escape, police found the helicopter 85km north-west of the jail in the Mont Tremblant area, with the uninjured pilot still on board. Police said they were looking for a “suspicious vehicle” and were focusing their search on the area around Lake Argile.”

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Metro/LCI Poll: French President Francois Hollande Approval Rating (31%) Falls Below Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen

March 17, 2013

“Only 31 percent are satisfied with Hollande’s performance, eight points less than last month, as the Socialist president battles unemployment at a 13-year high and a stagnant economy, according to the poll carried out for newspaper Metro and TV channel LCI.”

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Pakistan Prime Minister Ashraf Praises Elected Government For First Full Term

March 17, 2013

“Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, government were often overthrown in coups, toppled by political infighting or end in assassinations or murders.”

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Report: Israel to Ask President Obama to Approve U.S. Air Strikes on Syria if There is Evidence of Missile Transfers to Hezbollah

March 17, 2013

“Israel will use President Obama’s visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syria if there is evidence that Syrian missiles are to be handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to prevent the transfer.”

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Politically-Motivated Arrests of 5 of the Prime Minister’s Senior Aides in Zimbabwe Raise Concerns

March 17, 2013

“On Sunday plainclothes police detained four of Mr Tsvangirai’s senior aides. Police confirmed the arrest of Thabani Mpofu, an adviser to Mr Tsvangirai, and three subordinates in the prime minister’s office as well prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.”

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Iran Launches Jamaran 2 Destroyer Warship in the Caspian Sea

March 17, 2013

“The 1420-ton warship, which is longer than a football field and can sail at 30 knots with a 20,000-horsepower engine, was put in the water near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali.”

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Deputy National Security Adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes Shaping President Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

March 17, 2013

“Mr. Rhodes is drafting the address to the Israeli people the president plans to give in Jerusalem, but his influence extends beyond what either his title or speechwriting duties suggest.”

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Pope Francis: I Would Like A Poor Church, And For The Poor

March 17, 2013

“Since his election on Wednesday as the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, Francis has signaled a sharp change of style from his predecessor, Benedict, and has laid out a clear moral path for the 1.2-billion-member Church.”

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Cyprus Parliament Vote on Bank Deposit Tax Delayed Until Monday

March 17, 2013

“The announcement set off an immediate scramble among top European officials, with reports that the European Central Bank was pressuring Cypriot authorities to hold the vote without delay.”

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