The Spanish government has authorized legal proceedings to outlaw two Basque parties close to Batasuna, the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said Friday. Full Story
Intelligence officer among four killed by Beirut bomb Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 9:32am
A senior intelligence officer investigating killings largely blamed on Syria was slain with three other people in a car bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday, officials said. Captain Wissam Eid, 31, a member of the Internal Security Forces (ISF), was among the dead along with his bodyguard, a security official told AFP. Full Story
Sri Lanka fixes dates for elections in war-torn east Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:21am
Sri Lanka has fixed dates to hold local elections in the recently recaptured east for the first time in 14 years, a day after the government unveiled a home grown peace plan aimed at giving more autonomy to war-torn areas. "The elections will be held on 10th of March," said an official at the Department of the Elections Commissioner, asking not to be named in line with policy. Full Story
Koreas hold first talks in new year Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:22am
North and South Korea held working-level military talks Friday, the first dialogue between the two countries this year, as Seoul's conservative president-elect prepared to take office with calls for a tougher stance toward Pyongyang. Full Story
Italian leaders set for crisis talks Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:23am
Italy's president is set to hold talks with political leaders after Romano Prodi, the country's prime minister, stepped down. Giorgio Napolitano said on Friday that he wants to avoid calling snap elections after a no-confidence vote in the senate forced Prodi's government to resign. Full Story
Russia fights threat of imminent terrorist attack Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:25am
A counter-terrorist operation has been launched in parts of the Republic of Ingushetia due to the threat of an imminent large-scale terrorist attack, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday. The FSB said it had received information indicating that "terrorists had been preparing a series of attacks on administrative buildings, police and citizens in public places on the territory of Ingushetia." Full Story
N Korea to close its lonely embassy Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:27am
"We have no friends," North Korea's most senior diplomat, Pak Myong-guk, told The Weekend Australian as he prepared to lock the doors of his embassy for the last time. Despite sharing the same Canberra street with the embassies of other sometimes-rogue states such as Iran, Iraq and Libya, Mr Pak said he and his small team of envoys lived anisolated life in the nation's capital. Full Story
Sarkozy sees UN OK on Indian nuke deal Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 10:47am
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog and India appear to be within weeks of an agreement on oversight of New Delhi's civilian nuclear program a deal that is key to a U.S. atomic deal with the South Asian country. The announcement came on the first day of Sarkozy's two-day visit to India aimed at cementing French-Indian diplomatic and political links. Notably absent was Sarkozy's girlfriend, model-singer Carla Bruni, who declined to accompany him, reportedly because they were not yet married. Full Story
Bird Flu Strikes Again in Northern Thailand Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:28am
The H5N1 bird flu virus has re-emerged in a northern Thai province for the first time since March last year, forcing the slaughter of 10,000 chickens, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Thursday. The outbreak occurred on a farm in Nakhon Sawan, 240 km (149 miles) north of Bangkok, where the owner reported 4,085 chickens had died earlier this month, senior Livestock Department official Nirundorn Aungtragoolsuk told Reuters. Full Story
HuJI commander shot dead in J&K Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:29am
JAMMU: The self-styled supreme commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HuJI) and the alleged mastermind of the UP serial blasts, Bashir Ahmed alias Sabah was on Friday shot dead by police in Kishtawar district. The HuJI chief, who was being tracked by the Jammu and Kashmir police for nearly a month, was killed in an ambush by the commandos of the state police in Cahtru village of Kishtawar district, official sources said. Full Story
Bodies dumped in Northern Sri Lanka Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:29am
Jan 25, Colombo: Police found more than a dozen unidentified bodies of youth dumped in a swamp at Kiriketuwewa on the Horoupathana - Kebithigollawa road in North Central Sri Lanka yesterday, the military said. The victims, some with their hands tied behind their backs were apparently hacked to death, the sources added. Full Story
8 countries ban poultry imports from India due to bird flu Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:31am
NEW DELHI: The bird flu outbreak in West Bengal is now taking a toll on the country's poultry exports. Till January 24, eight countries had officially stopped import of poultry products from India. While UAE, one of India's largest clients, continued its ban on Indian poultry products, imposed following the outbreak in Manipur in July 2007, the countries to have imposed a fresh ban after the West Bengal outbreak are: Oman, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Bhutan, Kuwait and Bahrain. Full Story
Nepal unveils three-phase poll security plan Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 1:01pm
The government in Nepal has unveiled a major security plan to ensure violence-free Constituent Assembly polls on April 10 that could be disrupted by some Madhesi outfits in the Terai region bordering India. Announcing a three-phase security plan at the Singhdurbar Secretariat, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said at least 1.34 lakh security personnel will be deployed for the polls to form a body to decide a new political system for the country. Full Story
Burma Dissident Aressts Ongoing Posted on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 2:51pm
Amnesty International has said Burma's military government have detained 96 pro-democracy activists since November, when it promised to stop such arrests. The human-rights group said many had been trying to gather evidence of the suppression of last year's protests, in which at least 31 people were killed. Full Story
'Top militant killed' in Kashmir Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 8:23am
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say security forces have killed a top militant involved in a series of explosions across the country. Full Story
Afghan gunmen abduct aid worker Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:03am
Gunmen abducted a U.S. female aid worker on Saturday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the provincial governor said. Full Story
Police clash with protesters in Russian region Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:04am
Russian riot police fired warning shots into the air and beat demonstrators who tried to rally on Saturday against alleged vote-rigging in the Muslim region of Ingushetia, a witness said. Full Story
Afghan official: American woman kidnapped Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:26am
Gunmen kidnapped a burqa-clad American aid worker and her driver while they were driving through a residential section of southern Afghanistan's largest city early Saturday, a provincial governor said. Full Story
Nuclear weapons are secure, a top Pakistani official says Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9:38am
A top official of Pakistan dismissed concerns Saturday over the security of its nuclear program but said there was increased alertness around its nuclear weapons and facilities given the country's recent political turmoil and militant violence. Full Story
Tribal gangs clash in Kenyan town Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:10pm
Kenyan police battled on Saturday to stop clashes between tribal gangs wielding machetes, spears and bows and arrows that have killed at least 27 people in the western town of Nakuru in three days of bloodshed. Full Story
New U.S. strategy working in east Afghanistan Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:11pm
Afghan village elder Noor Mohammad stroked his white beard as he listened to a local government chief appeal for help to rebuild the economy of this snow-bound plateau shattered by war and the fight with the Taliban. Full Story
Claim Gadhafi Son Linked to Iraq Attack Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:12pm
A devastating explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign fighters under the sponsorship of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida in Iraq said Saturday. Full Story
Palestinian radical founder dies Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 3:33pm
The founder of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), George Habash, has died in Jordan, associates say. Full Story
Lebanon buries slain officer Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 4:10pm
Lebanon's police chief vowed on Saturday to confront those who "terrorize this nation" at a memorial service for a police intelligence officer killed in a car bomb attack the previous day. Full Story
One policeman killed in Chechnya shootout Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 7:24am
One policeman was killed in a shootout with militants in the Republic of Chechnya in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region, a source in local law-enforcement bodies said on Sunday. Full Story
US claims Al-Qaeda using children as Iraq suicide bombers Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 9:41am
Al-Qaeda is using children as suicide bombers in Iraq, with at least two attacks in the past week committed by 15-year-olds, a US military commander claimed on Sunday. Full Story
Amal protester killed in Beirut clash - sources Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:42am
An activist from the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Amal was killed in Beirut on Sunday when the army opened fire to break up a protest against power cuts, two Amal officials said. Full Story
Pakistan 'seizes back key tunnel' Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 10:46am
Pakistani security forces say they have recaptured an important road tunnel which was seized by pro-Taleban militants on Thursday. A battle has raged around the Kohat tunnel since Pakistan launched an operation to reclaim it on Friday. Full Story
20 Gazans caught in Sinai in possession of explosives, surveillance devices Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 1:43pm
Egyptian security forces caught 20 Palestinians in several areas of the Sinai overnight Saturday in possession of explosives and electronic devices which would enable them to listen in to the Egyptian forces' communications networks. Full Story
Egypt tries to control Gaza border chaos Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 1:45pm
Egyptian forces brandishing electrified batons stopped Gaza cars from crossing the breached border Sunday and tightened security at checkpoints to try to confine Palestinians who moved freely into Egypt for a fifth straight day. Full Story
Pakistan's Army Steps Aside From Election Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:09pm
Pakistans military chief General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday appeared to be distancing the countrys influential army from direct involvement in next months parliamentary elections, in an apparent bid to keep the army out of the controversy likely to precede and possibly follow the elections. Full Story
Israel launches air raids on Hamas targets in Gaza Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 6:32pm
Israel launched a double air strike on Hamas targets in the southern Gaza Strip late on Sunday, without causing any injuries, witnesses said. Full Story
US military deaths in Iraq at 3,935 Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:26am
As of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at least 3,935 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,200 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. Full Story
UN climate envoy nominated as SKorean prime minister Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:27am
South Korea's incoming president on Monday nominated the United Nations special envoy on climate change as prime minister, his first cabinet appointment. President-elect Lee Myung-Bak said Han Seung-soo was selected because of his wide experience in diplomacy, economics and politics. Full Story
India bird flu disease 'alarming' Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:27am
The bird flu epidemic has spread further in the Indian state of West Bengal with 13 of the state's 19 districts affected, officials say. An outbreak has been reported from Budge Budge, a suburb of the capital, Calcutta, officials say. Full Story
US shift seen to Pakistan, Afghanistan Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:28am
In a shift with profound implications, the Bush administration is attempting to re-energize its terrorism-fighting war efforts in Afghanistan, the original target of a post-Sept. 11 offensive. The U.S. also is refocusing on Pakistan, where a regenerating al-Qaida is posing fresh threats. There is growing recognition that the United States risks further setbacks, if not deepening conflict or even defeat, in Afghanistan, and that success in that country hinges on stopping Pakistan from descending into disorder. Full Story
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January 28, 1961 - RwandaRepublic DayCelebrates the proclamation of the Republic. Also known as Democracy Day.
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