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Drone Strike Reported in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two people suspected of being militants were killed Sunday morning in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region by what Pakistani and Taliban officials said was a drone strike. If confirmed, the attack could be the first American strike in Waziristan in two months — one of the longest operational pauses since the drone campaign started in earnest ...

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Nigerian Islamist fighters kill 7 foreigners, says UK, Italy and Greece

RADICAL Islamic fighters killed seven foreign hostages in Nigeria, European diplomats have said, making it the worst such kidnapping violence in decades for a country beset by extremist guerrilla attacks. Nigeria’s police, military, domestic spy service and presidency remained silent over the killings of the construction company workers, kidnapped on February 16 from northern Bauchi state. The government’s silence only ...

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Falklanders aim to send message with referendum

Falkland Islanders were to hold a referendum yesterday and today to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal. Residents of the archipelago in the South Atlantic hoisted British and Falklands flags and even created a giant “YES” made of SUVs ahead of the vote. In a ...

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Studies tie stress from storms, war to heart risks

(MYFOXAL) — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stress does bad things to the heart. New studies have found higher rates of cardiac problems in veterans with PTSD, New Orleans residents six years after Hurricane Katrina and Greeks struggling through that country’s…

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Egypt football riot sentences spark deadly unrest

CAIRO: A court verdict over deadly football violence sparked fresh unrest in Egypt on Saturday, with two people killed and buildings torched in Cairo, as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces growing civil unrest. A Port Said court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, confirmed death sentences for 21 defendants and handed down life sentences to five people, with 19 receiving ...

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Venezuela sets first post-Chavez election for April 14

CARACAS: Venezuela announced on Saturday that it will hold a presidential election to succeed late leader Hugo Chavez on April 14 after his political heir took office in a move the opposition rejects. The national electoral council set the date one day after Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s handpicked successor, was sworn in as acting president in a ceremony largely boycotted by ...

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Taliban develop more complex attack methods

As the new US defence secretary prepares to discuss the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, there are fears that the Taliban have developed more sophisticated forms of attack. Wardak province is seen as the most vulnerable, and in footage passed to Al Jazeera, the Taliban appear to move freely without being detected. Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton reports from Kabul. 56 ...

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Radical Muslim Abu Qatada sent to UK prison

A British judge ruled Saturday that radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada must remain in custody following his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions. The cleric, who has been described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe, was arrested in…

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Egypt plunges into turmoil as minister denies police abuse

CAIRO – Egypt’s Interior Minister pleaded on Sunday for an end to “rumours” of police abuse, saying his forces had never fired a single shot at protesters since the start of the 2011 uprising. Mohammed Ibrahim, who is facing an unprecedented strike by thousands of police officers across the country calling for his resignation, told reporters the media was waging ...

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Multiple challenges for Kenya’s new leader

“Uhuru [Kenyatta] has won the presidency. It’s done. Let’s move on.” The son of Kenya’s first independence leader may not have secured Francis Odera’s vote but, like so many other Kenyans, this middle-aged Nairobi resident is just relieved the election has concluded peacefully. Now he and others believe it is time to return to work and do what Kenyans do ...

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