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Archive | November, 2010

Rio de Janeiro, War against traffickers in the Alemão Complex

Moradores no meio de tiroteios (Portuguese)/Residents in the midst of gunfire. Police seized weapons, drugs and ammunition during police operations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during operations that began November 24 to take control of what was long the most dangerous slum, the Alemão complex. Complexo do Alemão (Portuguese for German’s Compound) is a group […]

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Former UN Ambassador John Bolton Doesn’t Believe Documents About Spying Came from State Department

Transcript of Bolton’s statement … I don’t believe that cable. I’ve probably read a million cables — maybe not a million, but close to it [regarding DNA, iris] I have never seen a cable like that. I do not think that is a State Department cable. I think it probably came from somewhere in the […]

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Signs of Tension and Diplomacy on Korean Penninsula

International tensions and growing diplomacy are both evident in the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. One week ago, North Korea shelled a South Korean island in a long-disputed sea border area. China is asking for talks, but South Korea has been cool to the proposal. North Korea has threatened to be merciless if U.S.-South Korean […]

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North Korea Fires Artillery Shells in Training Drill After Attacking Yeonpyeong

North Korea was estimated to have fired about 20 shells as part of a training exercise on Friday. Blasts were heard several times in Yeonpyeong from the inland area of Gaemori, North Korea, between 12:20 p.m. and a little past 3 p.m. No rounds fell on South Korean territory or in the territorial waters of […]

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Somali Mohamed Osman Mohamud Arrested in Sting to Blow Up Van at Portland, Oregon Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

  Mohamed Osman Mohamud, Christmas Tree Bomber Somali-born teenager Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested in a sting operation at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon while trying to blow up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Mohamud, of Corvallis, Oregon, […]

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North Korea Warns ‘Brink of War’

North Korea has warned that a planned joint US and South Korean military drills are pushing the NOKO/SOKO peninsula to the brink of war. Pundits say that North Korea practices expertise in ‘brinkmanship’ to get what it wants at the negotiation table. The South Korean president Lee Myung-bak ordered reinforcements for about 4,000 troops on […]

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Rio De Janeiro Police Attempt to Round Up Drug Gang Leaders to Stop Street Violence

Armored cars, troops enter a favela or shanty town. Police in Rio prepared to enter a heavily fortified favela on Thursday in an effort to apprehend drug gang leaders they blame for days of widespread violence in the city. In military style, personnel arrived in armored troop carriers and mini-tanks. The 2016 Summer Olympics are […]

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USS George Washington Carrier Group Headed Toward South Carrier After Artillery Exchange

USS Washington CVN-73 left a naval base south of Tokyo on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to join exercises with South Korea from Sunday to the following Wednesday The U.S.S. George Washington has left its home port and is sailing to the Korean Peninsula. The Aircraft Carrier, with 75 fighter aircraft and 6000 Sailors and […]

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Again: London Tuition Protests Over Raised Tuition in London

British students on Wednesday staged another protest against a planned increase in university tuition fees and education budget cuts. Previous protests have turned violent. College students and younger pupils in school uniforms marched from Trafalgar Square toward the Houses of Parliament in London, chanting “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts.” Criminal damage to parked […]

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A Fake Taliban Leader: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour

The Afghan government, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and its NATO allies were duped into holding peace talks with so-called ‘Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour’, claiming to be the second highest official in the Taliban movement. According to Afghan and US sources quoted by the New York Times, authorities held face-to-face talks with ‘Mullah Akhtar Muhammad […]

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