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Tokyo to aid Africa antiterrorism fight
Jiji Press [Japan], by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/26/2013 2:39:00 PM

Washington - Senior Japanese and U.S. officials have agreed to cooperate to improve the capabilities of northwest African countries to combat militant groups as part of a regionwide counterterrorism campaign. The agreement, reached at a meeting Friday in Washington between Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae and U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, came after dozens of foreign workers, including 10 Japanese nationals, were killed by Islamic militants during last week’s hostage crisis at the Ain Amenas gas complex in Algeria.

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Positive fallout from the tragedy [murders of 10 innocent Japanese workers] in Algeria is that Japan has joined the fight against Al Qaeda in Africa. This includes Mali.

      


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Militants Kill Dozens of Mourners
in Pakistan and Afghanistan
New York Times, by Salman Masood & Declan Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/8/2013 5:22:42 PM     Post Reply
Islamabad, Pakistan - The living were honoring the dead on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday when militant bombers struck, killing at least 44 people in two attacks that coincided with one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. (Snip) At the eastern end of the border, in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, a bomb exploded at a graveyard where people had gathered to pay their respects to a slain relative. Fourteen women and children from the same family were killed. Reporters in Quetta described scenes of chaos and devastation after the attack on the police funeral.

   

 

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US-based institute: satellite
images show NKorea expanding
its uranium enrichment plant
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 8:33:18 PM     Post Reply
Vienna - A U.S. institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show Pyongyang is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant, jibing with the country’s announced plans to expand technology that can be used both to create energy and the core of nuclear weapons. (Snip) In an accompanying note, ISIS said the photos of the Nyongbyon nuclear complex show construction under way to “effectively double” the size of the enrichment hall. That, said ISIS, would allow North Korea to also double the number of centrifuges now enriching uranium.

Barack Obama:
Trayvon Martin wasn´t perfect
Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Hal Boedeker    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 7:49:36 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama discussed Edward Snowden, the health care law, Hillary Clinton and Russia during a Tuesday visit to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But Obama´s comments about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin had special local interest. George Zimmerman was acquitted last month of murder in the teen´s death in Sanford. Some Americans have criticized Obama previously for commenting on the issue, but Leno said that the president had spoken eloquently and from the heart about Trayvon´s death. "I think all of us were troubled by what happened," Obama told Leno.

Puppies: How I got my troll to apologise
News Limited Network [Australia], by Claire Porter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 3:56:01 PM     Post Reply
Anyone who regularly uses social networks like Twitter, YouTube or Reddit may have had the unfortunately common experience of having to deal with trolls, those wonderful human beings who take pleasure from harassing and upsetting others. (Snip) I wasn´t planning to write about the experience, but it concerns me that trolling has become such a prevalent aspect of social networking. When you are told over and over again by strangers that you are useless at your job, that you are worthless as a human being, that you´re ugly, it´s no surprise that both teenagers and adults alike have resorted to

Syria biggest threat to US security: CIA
Australian Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 3:33:02 PM     Post Reply
The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for al-Qaeda, a CIA official says. (Snip) Morell said there were now more foreign fighters flowing into Syria each month to take up arms with al-Qaeda-affiliated groups than there were going to Iraq to fight with al-Qaeda at the height of the war there. The Syrian government´s weapons "are going to be up for grabs and up for sale" as they were in Libya when Moamer Kadhafi fell, he added. "It's probably the most important issue in the world today,"

Christie creates investigative unit
to root out public employee
pension and benefits fraud
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Christopher Baxter    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 2:55:06 PM     Post Reply
Trenton - Gov. Chris Christie today signed an executive order creating a new investigative unit to uncover pension and disability benefits fraud perpetrated by public employees across the state. The governor´s office said in a statement the unit will be housed within the state Treasury Department and will be headed by Jim Scott, a former criminal investigator for the Internal Revenue Service who currently works in the state Attorney General´s Office. “Siphoning of pension and disability benefits by fraud or ineligibility hurts everyone, including honest current and future pensioners and,

   

 

  


 
iPhone GPS led investigators to
suspects in killing of Washington
& Jefferson football player
Post-Gazette [Pittsburgh, PA], by Janice Crompton    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 2:31:11 PM     Post Reply
GPS tracking of Washington & Jefferson College football player´s stolen iPhone led Washington police to three suspects who were arrested yesterday in the player´s October 2012 beating death. According to criminal complaints police filed Tuesday, GPS tracking of Timothy McNerney´s phone, taken from him in the attack, indicated the phone was near the Houston Street home of Adam R. Hankins, 23, of Washington and the McDonald home of Eric Dante Wells, 24. Confronted Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Fayette County, both men admitted their roles

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 1:47:56 PM     Post Reply
Currently, women diagnosed with with early stage invasive breast cancer undergo a biopsy of their lymph nodes during surgery to remove tumours in the breast. They have to wait up to three weeks for the result, and if further disease is found, they have go undergo a second operation. The new test means that surgeons can find out if cancer has spread during the initial surgery - and if they find it, they can remove it at the same time. (Snip) The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the test - the RD-100i OSNA system produced by Sysmex UK - for women with early

Russian TV airs anti-Putin diatribe
Australian Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 1:19:35 PM     Post Reply
A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee. (Snip) It would be unthinkable for Russian state television to air a report critical of Putin. The planted news item went on to link Putin to the 2006 murder of journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya and attack corruption that had reached "unimaginable heights". It launched into the terrorist attacks at the beginning of Putin´s presidency, saying they raised his approval rating,

Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal
to scale back Assad support - sources
Reuters, by Khaled Yacoub Oweis*    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/7/2013 11:51:51 AM     Post Reply
Amman & Doha - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday. (Snip) Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia´s position as a main gas supplier to Europe. In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and

Nidal Hasan delayed justice,
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Dallas Morning News [TX], by Jacquielynn Floyd    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2013 1:06:10 PM     Post Reply
If justice were administered by popular vote, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan would have disappeared into a maximum-security hole a long time ago. He might already be dead. He might have been executed by now for his undisputed role in the murders of 13 people and the injuries of 32 more in the Fort Hood shooting rampage four years ago. If regular Joes like me and you got to decide what seems reasonable and fair, Hasan would have been forced a long time ago to shave off his holy-man beard, quit drawing a paycheck from the U.S. government and put a sock in that “soldier for Allah” business.

   

 

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The GOP isolationist myth
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/6/2013 2:13:48 AM     Post Reply
They´re back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we´re told. In July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a set-to over American foreign policy. Christie clumsily denounced "this strain of libertarianism that´s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought." It was clumsy in its garbled syntax but also in its ill-considered shot at "libertarianism." What he meant to say, I think, was "isolationist," and that is the term a host of commentators on the left and right are using to describe Paul and his



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