Sunday, August 31, 2008


Floods in India imperil millionsPosted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:48pmMillions of farmers and their families may be displaced for months after severe floods in northern India wiped out crops and homes, leaving hundreds of villages under several feet of water, officials said Friday. Full Story

Thai police fire tear gas as protests escalatePosted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:50pmThai police on Friday fired tear gas and scuffled with protesters who are demanding the premier step down, as escalating turmoil in the kingdom heaped pressure on the seven-month-old government. Full Story

Malaysia deports 4 suspected militantsPosted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:52pmMalaysia deported four suspected Islamic militants to Indonesia earlier this month after having detained them for years without trial, a human rights advocacy group said Friday. Full Story

AFP admits there was no evidence against Mohamed HaneefPosted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:53pmTHE Australian Federal Police has formally abandoned its $8 million investigation of Mohamed Haneef, more than 12 months after the Indian doctor was arrested at Brisbane airport over alleged terror offences. Full Story

Quake hits Tibet, no damage reportedPosted on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 12:55pmA magnitude 5 earthquake struck Tibet on Friday near the border with Nepal, close to an area hit earlier in the week by a stronger quake that damaged hundreds of homes. Full Story

Nigeria militants: 29 military personnel killedPosted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 5:12pmNigeria's main militant group claims it has killed 29 military personnel in three separate attacks across the country's restive southern oil region. Full Story

Pak Govt suspends military operations against TalibanPosted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 5:13pmThe Pakistan government on Saturday announced that it would suspend military operations against the Taliban in the country's northwestern tribal areas in view of the holy Islamic month of Ramzan but warned that any action by the militants would meet with a firm response. Full Story

Brazil intel agency accused of illegal wiretapsPosted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 7:06pmBrazil's national intelligence agency will investigate accusations that its agents tapped the phones of top government officials including the president of the Supreme Court, officials said Saturday. Full Story

UN: Georgians effectively blocked from homesPosted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 8:32pmRussian troops remaining in Georgian territory are effectively preventing Georgians from returning to their homes, a U.N. representative said Saturday. Full Story

40 militants killed in Pakistan air strike: armyPosted on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 8:53pmPakistan's army killed 40 militants in an air strike that targeted a rebel stronghold in the country's troubled northwestern Swat region, a military spokesman said Saturday. Full Story

ICE accused of tracking immigrants at Head StartPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:06amImmigration enforcement officials are now targeting migrant and seasonal Head Start centers in some states as part of efforts to track down illegal immigrants, the executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association says.

Yvette Sanchez, president of the Washington, D.C.-based association, was in Milwaukee recently for a meeting of the national board of directors at United Migrant Opportunity Services Inc. Full Story

Nigerian Kidnappers Demand $12 Million Ransom for IsraeliPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:10amNigerian gunmen are demanding $12 million for the release of an Israeli businessman kidnapped in the Niger River Delta city of Port Harcourt. Four gunman abducted Ehud Avni at his home late Tuesday. Full Story

Zimbabwe Ruling Party Rejects Latest Opposition DemandsPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:12amState media in Zimbabwe say President Robert Mugabe's party has rejected the opposition's latest power-sharing demands. The Herald newspaper reports Saturday that the ruling ZANU-PF has dismissed the suggestion that the Cabinet be co-chaired by Mr. Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as "stunning ignorance on how government works." Full Story

Pakistani Taliban vow to strike during RamadanPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:13amPakistani Taliban will continue attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, rejecting a government announcement it would halt military actions in the northwest, a Taliban spokesman said on Sunday.

Violence has surged in Pakistan in recent weeks with the military battling al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked fighters in three different parts of the northwest. Full Story

Iran Top Military Commander Warns Attack Would Spark World WarPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:23amOne of Iran's top military commanders warns any attack against Iran would start a new world war. Iranian state media reported the comments by Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri Saturday. General Jazayeri says unrestrained greed of the United States and Zionism are pushing the world to "the edge of a precipice." Full Story

Anti-Qaida fighter killed with family in Iraq's Diyala provincePosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:32amGunmen shot dead an anti-Qaida fighter and his family in a village in Iraq's Diyala province, a provincial police source said on Saturday. "Salah al-Zeidi, his wife, and two sons were killed late on Friday when unknown gunmen stormed their house in the al-Wathba village, south of the provincial capital Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Full Story

5 arrested, dozens detained in pre-RNC raidsPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:35amActivists planning protests around the Republican National Convention say they are being targeted in a heavy-handed attempt to chill dissent after police arrested five people, detained dozens of others, and seized computers and protest guides in raids Friday night and Saturday on private homes and the major meeting center. Full Story

Suspected terrorist's wild ride endsPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 4:58amThe wild ride of Abdelkader Belliraj ended at the Hotel Fashion. The Moroccan-born Belgian had quite a resume: accused terrorist kingpin, assassin, gangster, double agent - and hotelier. He visited from Belgium now and then to oversee the hotel, a three-star inn with a sidewalk cafe where men sip tea and watch a parade of whining scooters, dusty taxis, sunburned tourists and veiled Berber women. Full Story

Chemical prompts lockdown at 2 St. Louis ERsPosted on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 5:00amEight people were sickened Saturday after exposure to a chemical at an Illinois plant, and emergency rooms at two hospitals where they were treated were quarantined. Full Story

Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

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