Monday, March 17, 2008


Shops set on fire in Tibet unrestPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:05am

Shops were set on fire in violence in Tibet's capital of Lhasa on Friday, China's Xinhua news agency reported after days of rare street protests in the contested region. Full Story

Blair in Japan for climate talksPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:18am

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has arrived in Japan for talks aimed at ending the "deadlock" over global greenhouse gas targets. He said there was a "consensus" that a deal had to be reached - with a 50% cut in carbon emissions needed by 2050. Full Story

Thaksin supporters lose bid to lead Thai senatePosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:22am

A former senior judge was elected leader of Thailand's Senate on Friday, defeating a rival candidate backed by supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Full Story

28 killed in Lanka clashesPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:29am

At least 28 Tamil Tigers were killed and scores injured in fierce clashes with security forces in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region, officials here said. As many as three LTTE cadres were gunned down by troops in Janakapura in Welioya, the army said. Full Story

2 moderate quakes hit southern PhilippinesPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:38am

Two moderate earthquakes hit southern Philippines Thursday without causing casualty or damage, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The first quake with a magnitude of 4.3 hit around 15:08 local time (0708 GMT) the areas of Tagum City, Davao City in Davao del Sur and Bislig in Surigao del Sur, said Phivolcs. Full Story

Pakistan court quashes final Bhutto husband casePosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:40am

A Pakistani court Friday quashed the last remaining graft case against the widower of Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said, removing the final possible hurdle to him standing for prime minister. Full Story

3 Taliban killed in Afghanistan clashesPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:43am

Afghan and foreign troops clashed with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving three suspected militants dead and two wounded, an official said. Full Story

Protesters press for resignation of Philippine presidentPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 9:05am

Thousands of students and left-wing activists pressed their call for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's resignation Friday in the third mass protest in a month over corruption allegations implicating her and her husband. Full Story

Dutch police arrest Pakistani man on terror chargesPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 9:42am

Dutch police have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of belonging to a terrorist group and planning an attack in western Europe, prosecutors said Friday. Full Story

Malaysia PM urged to resign as rift opens in partyPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 11:13am

The son of former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad on Friday asked Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down from office following the ruling coalition's election debacle at the weekend. Full Story

Delegates Address Strife, Perceptions of Islam at OIC SummitPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 1:30pm

Leaders at the Organization of the Islamic Conference which took place in Dakar, Senegal this week said they were intent on improving Islam's image throughout the world. Full Story

Palestinians Unite in Anger Against Israeli AttackPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 1:31pm

It was a display of Palestinian unity rarely seen since the militant Islamic group Hamas seized power in Gaza last summer and left the rival pro-Fatah Palestinian Authority struggling to hold on to the West Bank. Full Story

EU leaders urge banks to reveal lossesPosted on Friday, March 14, 2008 at 5:04pm

EU leaders urged international banks to help calm markets by revealing recent losses, wrapping up two days of talks that come to a close Friday with a report showing inflation in the euro area hit a new high. Yearly inflation in the 15 nations that share the euro hit a revised 3.3 percent last month, the EU statistical agency said Friday -- setting a new record as prices for oil and food surged. Full Story

Russian agents foiled Putin assassination attemptPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:33am

Russia's secret service foiled an assassination attempt on President Vladimir Putin in Red Square on March 2, the day of the presidential election, the Tvoi Den daily reported on Saturday. Full Story

Conservatives ahead as Iran counts votePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:34am

Conservatives were on Saturday expected to win Iran's legislative election, but with reformists set to retain a foothold in parliament despite the mass vetoing of their candidates before the vote. Full Story

Two Afghans killed in suicide attack on NATO convoyPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:35am

A suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of NATO-led forces in southeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed two Afghan civilians, an official said. One NATO soldier was wounded in the attack which happened on a road outside the town of Khost, close to the border with Pakistan. Full Story

Afghan mobile phones cut after Taliban attacksPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:36am

Mobile phone operators have shut down their networks at night in parts of Afghanistan after attacks by Taliban militants who say troops use the signals to track them down, residents and a phone company official said on Saturday. Residents in parts of southern Afghanistan reported their mobile telephones no longer worked at night and an official from one of the companies confirmed its network had been shut down from dusk till dawn in some areas of the country. Full Story

USA tones down praise for MusharrafPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:37am

Just months ago, the United States publicly championed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as an "indispensable" ally. Now, officials barely mention the man the Bush administration once promoted as essential to holding together a nuclear-armed country deemed crucial to the U.S.-led fight against extremists in South Asia. Full Story

High Al Qaeda figure captured, Pentagon saysPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:39am

A high-level Al Qaeda operative who helped Osama bin Laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001 during the U.S. military operation has been captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon and CIA said Friday. Muhammad Rahim, an Afghani, was captured last July in Lahore, Pakistan, by Pakistani authorities, who quickly handed him over to the CIA, according to sources familiar with Rahim's detention. Rahim was then kept in secret custody by the CIA until he was handed over to the Pentagon and to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay this week. Full Story

US lawmakers want Venezuela on US list of terrorism sponsorsPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:14am

Two US lawmakers Friday introduced a resolution calling for Venezuela to be added to a US list of state sponsors of terrorism amid allegations linking Caracas to Colombia's leftist FARC rebels. Full Story

Many feared dead in Albania base blastPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:20am

Some 63 people working near the site of a major explosion at an Albanian army base may have been killed or seriously injured by the blast, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha's spokeswoman said on Saturday. Full Story

Ukraine journalist killers jailedPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:42am

A court in the Ukraine has sentenced three former police officers to prison for the murder of investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze. Mykola Protasov was given a sentence of 13 years, while Valeriy Kostenko and Oleksandr Popovych were each handed 12-year terms. Full Story

Albanian arms blasts 'kill many'Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:44am

Many people are feared to have died in a series of huge blasts at an arms depot near the Albanian capital, Tirana, officials say. About 150 people, including children, were also wounded in the explosions, which damaged the city's main airport. Full Story

Thousands join anti-war protestsPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:45am

Thousands of people have gathered in London and Glasgow for demonstrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Demonstrators are calling for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, against an attack on Iran, and for Gaza's borders to be re-opened. Full Story

Paisley in St Patrick's Day callPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:49am

Ian Paisley has called for St Patrick's Day to be designated a public holiday in Northern Ireland. The first minister and former moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church said he always celebrates the day by preaching about the saint. Full Story

Politicians head for White HousePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:50am

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is leading a delegation to the United States for St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House. First Minister Ian Paisley is not attending but junior minister Jeffrey Donaldson is going in his place. Full Story

Man in court after Heathrow alertPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:52am

A man has appeared in court after triggering a major security alert at the UK's biggest airport. Keetheeswaran Uthayakumar, 27, of no fixed abode, appeared before Uxbridge Magistrate's Court, charged with endangering aircraft at Uxbridge. Full Story

Kosovo Serbs seize UN courthousePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:53am

Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs have taken over a UN courthouse in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, raising a Serbian flag to replace the UN's. The protesters broke into the building in the Serb-dominated part of the city, forcing UN police to retreat. Full Story

Chancellor urges hostage releasePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:54am

Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer has called for the release of two hostages being held in Tunisia. The two Austrian tourists are thought to have been abducted by al-Qaeda in North Africa last month. Full Story

Talk to Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas: former top Blair aidePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 10:57am

Western governments should talk to Islamist extremists including Al-Qaeda and the Taliban to end violence, one of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's closest aides said in comments published Saturday. "It's very difficult for democratic governments to do -- talk to a terrorist movement that's killing your people," Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell he told The Guardian in an interview. Full Story

Letter threat to railway stations creates flutterPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:26pm

A letter purportedly sent by a terrorist organisation threatening to blow up a number of railway stations in north India, including New Delhi, has created a flutter with security being stepped up. Full Story

China struggles to quell violence in TibetPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:27pm

At least 10 people were killed and many injured in the worst pro-independence street protests to rock Tibetan capital Lhasa in two decades as China struggled to quell the monks-led revolt that reverberated worldwide and threatened to cast a shadow on 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Full Story

Colombia hotel blast leaves 1 dead, 2 injuredPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:28pm

Unknown persons activated a bomb in a hotel in the northwestern Colombian town of San Rafael which killed the manager and injured two other people, the authorities announced Saturday. Full Story

Hu Jintao re-elected as China presidentPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:29pm

China's legislature re-elected Hu Jintao as president Saturday, giving him a second five-year term as leader of the world's most populous country. It also returned Hu as head of the Central Military Commission, the body overseeing the armed forces. Full Story

300 Detained in Security Operation in Western KenyaPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:15pm

Kenyan authorities say 300 people have been detained during security operations this week in western Kenya, as government forces crack down on a suspected militia group in the Mount Elgon region. Full Story

Protesters in Hungary clash with policePosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:17pm

Hundreds of anti-government protesters clashed with police in the Hungarian capital Saturday, as they sought to disrupt commemorations of the failed 1848 war of independence against the ruling Habsburgs. Full Story

US draws portrait of Iraq bombersPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:42pm

The suicide bombers who have killed 10,000 people in Iraq, including hundreds of American troops, usually are alienated young men from large families who are desperate to stand out from the crowd and make their mark, according to a U.S. military study. Full Story

Bin Laden aide in U.S. handsPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:44pm

A senior al Qaeda operative who worked to procure chemicals to attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan and helped Osama bin Laden escape from U.S. forces at Tora Bora in 2001 was handed over to Pentagon officials this week by the CIA. Full Story

43 militants arrested in SwatPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 9:34pm

Security forces and police arrested 43 militants, including five key aides of rebel cleric Maulana Fazlullah, during a daylong search operation in Swat on Friday, while a minor was killed in one of three remote-controlled blasts. Full Story

Indians involved in missile technology smugglingPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 9:35pm

An employee of the Indian Embassy in Washington and Indian government agencies conspired with an Indian businessman to obtain secret weapons technology from US companies, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Full Story

Rocket attack on US consulate in Iraq kills womanPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 9:36pm

A barrage of 25 Katyusha rockets aimed at the US consulate in the central Iraqi city of Hilla on Saturday slammed instead into a residential area, killing a woman, police said. Full Story

Kosovo Serbs refuse to leave courtsPosted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 9:41pm

Hundreds of Serbs who occupied two court buildings operated by the United Nations had refused to leave after negotiations with the UN broke down. Full Story

Belgian tourists in Guatemala freed - ministryPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:30am

Four Belgian tourists being held by peasant farmers in the Guatemalan jungle have been released, the Belgian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. Full Story

India should intervene and end war in LankaPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:31am

Appealing to India to "intervene immediately and put an end to the war", a senior Sri Lankan Tamil MP has alleged that the island nation's army plans to capture the LTTE-held Vanni area, which could result in a huge loss of lives. Full Story

Islamabad on alert after deadly blastPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:34am

Pakistan's capital was on high alert Sunday and embassies reviewed security measures after a bomb struck an Italian restaurant crowded with foreigners, killing a Turkish aid worker and wounding at least 12 other people. Full Story

Eighty 'confirmed' killed in Tibet unrest: govt-in-exilePosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:35am

Eighty people have died in a wave of unrest and a Chinese crackdown in Tibet, the Himalayan region's exiled government said Sunday. Tibetan officials in Dharamshala, the base of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, said the 80 "confirmed" dead included 26 people who were shot near a prison in Lhasa. Full Story

New Pakistan parliament set to convenePosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:36am

Pakistan's new parliament convenes Monday, setting the stage for a power struggle between U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf and a new coalition government that has vowed to assail his already diminished powers. Full Story

Thailand bomb attacks leave 2 dead and 18 injuredPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:37am

Two people have been killed and 18 others have been injured in two separate attacks in Thailand's troubled Muslim deep south. A 20kg remote-controlled bomb, hidden in a car near the entrance of a hotel in the city of Pattani, killed one man and wounded 13 others yesterday. Full Story

Five people killed in accidental blast in northern PhilippinesPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:39am

Four children and a 20-year-old man were killed in an accidental explosion of a rifle grenade in a northern Philippine province, police said Sunday. One of the children found the M203 rifle grenade in a river near their homes in Santa Clara village in Quezon town, Nueva Ecija province, 120 kilometres north of Manila, on Saturday. Full Story

Thousands turn out in Italy for anti-Mafia marchPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:39am

Italians have turned out in the tens of thousands to attend a giant parade in the southern city of Bari, to protest against organised crime. Full Story

Rebels kill six Indian soldiersPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:40am

A separatist group in the Indian state of Manipur claims their fighters have killed at least six Indian soldiers in an attack on an outpost. Full Story

Bombs kill three, wound 21 in Thai Muslim southPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:27pm

Bombs killed three men and wounded 21 people in three separate attacks in Thailand's troubled Muslim far south, police said on Sunday. Full Story

Al-Qaeda deadline approaches for kidnapped Austrian touristsPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:28pm

A deadline set by al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb will expire at midnight on Sunday (March 16th) in the case of two Austrian tourists believed to have been kidnapped in Tunis and allegedly held in Mali. Algeria's Annahar reported that the tourists were being held captive by a group headed by Hemadou Abid aka Kamal Abu Zeid, at an al-Qaeda base in northern Mali some 150km from the city of Kidal. Full Story

Kandahar no longer most dangerous: generalPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:36pm

Kandahar, where Canadian forces are responsible for security, is no longer the most hazardous place in Afghanistan, according to a senior Afghan general. Full Story

Venezuela-Colombia border show cheers end of crisisPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:41pm

Two weeks ago Venezuela promised to line the Colombian border with tanks -- but on Sunday tens of thousands of concert goers crowded the frontier to celebrate how the tanks never arrived. Full Story

Leading Muslim cleric urges Qaeda to free AustriansPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:42pm

A leading Sunni Muslim cleric urged al Qaeda's North Africa wing on Sunday to free two Austrian hostages it abducted in Tunisia more than three weeks ago. Full Story

Suspected Islamist 'may have helped foil UK attack'Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:43pm

A suspected Islamist leader may have helped foil an attack in Britain just after the 2005 London train bombings by tipping off Belgium's intelligence service, a newspaper reported Saturday. Full Story

Bomb threat empties Paris book fair honoring IsraelPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:43pm

A bomb threat on Sunday targeted the Paris book fair, forcing organizers to evacuate visitors to the literary event, which this year is honoring Israeli writers despite a Muslim boycott, police said. Visitors were told to leave the Paris exhibition hall shortly before 5 p.m. Full Story

Israel test-fires missile to intercept Gaza rocketsPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:44pm

Israel last week test-fired a missile capable of intercepting short-range rockets like those fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 television reported Sunday. Full Story

Suicide vest now weapon of choice for Qaeda in Iraq: USPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:45pm

The explosive vest has become the weapon of choice for Al-Qaeda in Iraq, with most jihadists nowadays wearing the lethal garment and the number of suicide attacks rising, the US military said Sunday. Full Story

Is the Mahdi Army's 'cease-fire' over?Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:46pm

The gun battle in Sadr City between Shiite militiamen and the Iraqi Army lasted only 10 minutes, according to residents of the slum where Moqtada al-Sadr holds great sway. Full Story

Split hard-liners hold Iran parliamentPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 5:47pm

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory Sunday in Iran's parliamentary elections, saying the people had voted to reject the West after nearly complete results showed conservatives holding their majority. Full Story

U.S. death toll in Iraq quietly nearing 4,000Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 6:12pm

Sometime soon, the U.S. military will suffer the 4,000th death of the war in Iraq. Full Story

Four FBI agents were wounded in Pakistan bombingPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 7:56pm

FBI agents were among those wounded in a bomb attack on an Italian restaurant in Islamabad during the weekend, the FBI said on Sunday. Full Story

Chad rebel chief threatens attack on oil zonePosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 8:41pm

A Chadian rebel leader threatened on Sunday to attack Chad's southern oil-producing Doba region unless France and the United States put pressure on President Idriss Deby to start a dialogue with his foes. Full Story

Pakistan: Missiles hit house, at least 20 deadPosted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 9:41pmA missile strike near the Afghan border destroyed the house of a suspected militant leader Sunday, killing at least 20 people, witnesses and state-run Pakistan Television said. Full Story

Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

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