Sunday, September 14, 2008


Pakistan claims killing 72 militants in 3 daysPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:06amPakistan's military said Saturday it killed at least 72 militants in three days of fighting near the Afghan border, where Taliban and al-Qaida militants are believed to be hiding. The army has intensified ground and air attacks in an effort to flush out Taliban and local militants from the Bajur tribal region. Full Story

Militants battle Nigerian forces in oil regionPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:08amMilitants battled Nigerian armed forces in the country's southern oil region Saturday and threatened to launch reprisal raids on the oil infrastructure in Africa's biggest crude producer. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta told The Associated Press in a statement that the Nigerian army and navy attacked their positions in a surprise raid on Rivers State, pouring in ground troops from landing craft and bombing their fighters from jet planes and helicopters. Full Story

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez suspects US plot as navy officer is detainedPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:09amVenezuelan authorities have detained a high-ranking navy officer on suspicion of involvement in a purported plot to overthrow President Hugo Chavez. Full Story

Navy Base Possible Target of Two BombsPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:10amA U.S. naval base may have been the target of two explosions that rattled a nearby residential area just south of Tokyo, police said Saturday. No one was wounded in the late Friday blasts in a neighborhood about half a mile from the Yokosuka Naval Base, according to a statement by the Yokosuka Police Station. Full Story

German police arrest suspected al Qaeda supporterPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:11amGerman police have arrested a 30-year old Turk suspected of having collected money and equipment for al Qaeda, prosecutors said on Saturday. Germany's federal prosecutor's office said Oemer Oe., who was arrested on Friday, had also tried to recruit militants to al Qaeda training camps since 2006. Full Story

Wave of blasts hit Indian capitalPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:13amFive suspected bomb blasts have been reported within minutes of each other in markets in India's capital, Delhi. At least eight people were killed in the attacks, police said, while at least 30 people are reported hurt. Full Story

Iraq bombings kill at least 8Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:22amTwo bombings in Iraq killed at least eight people on Saturday, one targeting police in Baghdad and another against Kurdish forces just outside the disputed town of Khanaqin, police said. Full Story

Official Says Georgian Policeman Shot Dead Near Rebel RegionPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:23amA Georgian policeman has been shot and killed near the breakaway province of Abkhazia. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said the policeman was shot and killed Saturday when shots were fired from the direction of a nearby Abkhaz-controlled checkpoint. Full Story

Blast Outside Kabul Kills Afghan GovernorPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:24amGeneral Mustafa Khan told reporters that Logar province governor Abdullah Wardak was killed by a bomb planted near his home just 20 kilometers outside Kabul. He says when his vehicle turned onto the gravel road in front of his house, a remote controlled bomb exploded, killing the governor, his driver and two guards. Full Story

Gunmen kill 4 Iraqi TV staff in MosulPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:40amGunmen kidnapped and shot dead three Iraqi journalists from Iraq's Sharqiya TV station along with their driver in the volatile northern city of Mosul on Saturday, the station and police said. It was one of the single deadliest militant attacks on journalists in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Full Story

At least 17 Dead, up to 135 Injured in Los Angeles Train CollisionPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:52amThe rush-hour train was packed with as many as 350 commuters, and was heading northwest from Los Angeles about 4:30 p.m. when it collided with a freight train in the suburb of Chatsworth. One passenger car lay on its side with the train's engine pushed back inside it. Two other cars remained upright. The freight train's engine was also turned on its side. Full Story

Twenty injured as fresh violence hits Indian KashmirPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:54amAt least 20 people were injured on Saturday in the main city of Indian Kashmir when Muslim demonstrators clashed with troops in the latest anti-India protest to hit the region, police and witnesses said. Full Story

Boy stabbed, four injured in Wes Bank clashesPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:58amAt least four Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli troops and Jewish settlers in the West Bank on Saturday after an intruder stabbed a child in a nearby settlement, officials said. Full Story

Nigeria militants order oil workers to leave deltaPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 12:27pmNigerian militants on Saturday warned oil firms in the Niger Delta to withdraw their workers in the next 24 hours or face a "hurricane" of retaliation after a gunbattle with security forces. Full Story

Report: Police dead in Turkmenistan shootoutPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 2:25pmA large gunfight erupted overnight in the capital of Turkmenistan, in a rare instance of violence in the authoritarian Central Asian nation, witnesses said Saturday. Full Story

Suspects arrested in home invasion ringPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 3:22pmSix young men have been arrested in a series of home invasions in Suffolk County, N.Y., police say. Police said the suspects, who range in age from 18 to 21, allegedly were behind six home invasions that typically resulted in home owners being bound while intruders ransacked their homes, Newsday reported Saturday. Full Story

Sri Lankan rebels warn of genocide as UN agencies pull outPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 3:49pmSri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday accused the government of planning a genocidal campaign against Tamils as UN agencies pulled out of rebel-held regions in the island's north. Full Story

8 LTTE terrorists killed, 2 bodies recovered in Wanni fightingPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 4:03pmAt least 8 LTTE terrorists were killed, 2 wounded during separate fighting ensued between troops and LTTE, Saturday (Sep 13), at the Vavuniya-Mullaittivu battle front. Full Story
Italy's Prodi to head panel on Africa peacekeepingPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 4:24pmFormer Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will head a panel that will consider how the international community can support African Union peacekeeping operations, the United Nations said on Friday. Full Story
This time terror email was latePosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 5:22pmIndian Mujahideen, the hardline splinter of SIMI that is suspected by intelligence agencies to be behind the serial blasts in Delhi, followed the routine of sending an email to the media to coincide with the blasts, it came with a difference. Unlike in the previous instances, where emails from Indian Mujahideen arrived before bombs went off in courts in UP towns, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, the latest hate message vowing "Eye for An Eye" revenge sent from Mumbai reached 11 minutes after the first of the bombs had exploded in Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh. Full Story
Newspaper: 2 bomb blasts in central Myanmar kill 2Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:18pmTwo bombs exploded at a nightspot in a rural town in central Myanmar, killing two people, a state newspaper reported Saturday. The blasts occurred 10 minutes apart Thursday night at a lounge in Kyauk-kyi township, the state-run New Light of Myanmar said. Full Story
Taliban go on the attack in tribal PakistanPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:19pmDozens of Taliban militants took control of a government office in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border Saturday, raising concerns about an advance on the nearby city of Peshawar, a police chief said. Pakistani police and government troops rolled into the sparsely populated town of Nasir Bagh in armored personnel carriers to assess the situation, police chief Riaz Khan said. Full Story
Your intelligence is weak, Pakistan tells USPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:21pmPakistan has raised the issue of weak US intelligence with the Bush administration, pointing out that it was undermining the efforts of the government in fighting the war against terrorism and creating serious problems for it. The issue of flawed and weak US intelligence was flagged by National Security Adviser Mehmud Durrani in a protest letter addressed to his American counterpart Stephen Hadley a day after the first-ever US ground attack on Angoor Adda. Full Story
Tourist boat sinks in Paris, two seriously hurtPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:19pmA small tourist boat sank after hitting the pillar of a bridge in central Paris late on Saturday, police and the emergency services at the city hall said. The city hall said 10 people had jumped into the River Seine and had been rescued. An adult and a child who were trapped in the sinking boat had been saved by divers and were being resuscitated, it said. Full Story
Sudan accused of bombing Darfur rebels, villagersPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:21pmInsurgent groups said Sudanese forces launched "very heavy" ground and air attacks on rebel positions and villages in North Darfur on Saturday, in the latest of a string of reported assaults. The U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Richard Williamson, sharply condemned the Sudanese government's "pattern of violence," saying one of Saturday's attacks appeared to have targeted Minni Arcua Minnawi, a former rebel leader who signed the 2006 Darfur peace accord. Full Story
Typhoon hits Taiwan, causing landslidesPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:22pmA typhoon pounded Taiwan on Saturday, bringing torrential rains and triggering landslides in the central and northern part of the island, the national fire agency said. One person was reported injured. Full Story
Russian troops withdraw from Georgian port regionPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:23pmRussian troops withdrew from the region around Georgia's Black Sea port of Poti on Saturday, within a September 15 deadline set for the first phase of a pullback brokered by France. Full Story
Bolivia says will arrest governor after killingsPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:26pmBolivia's government said on Saturday that it would arrest the governor of a restive northern province in the wake of deadly clashes they accuse him of instigating, amid a deep political crisis. Full Story
Venezuelan military holds anti-invasion exercisesPosted on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 9:40pmVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez has observed military exercises with planes dropping bombs and commandos resisting a mock invasion. Saturday's maneuvers in southern Bolivar state featured Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, ground troops, patrol boats and helicopters that fired rockets at targets. Full Story
Defense Contracts Foretell Military Buildup in AfghanistanPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:21amThe Defense Department is seeking private contractors to carry out a variety of tasks -- such as clearing land mines, building detention facilities and providing fuel -- to assist U.S. forces in Afghanistan, which are set to grow following President Bush's announcement last week that he will expand military operations there. Full Story
Strip of Iraq 'on the Verge of Exploding'Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:22amKurdish leaders have expanded their authority over a roughly 300-mile-long swath of territory beyond the borders of their autonomous region in northern Iraq, stationing thousands of soldiers in ethnically mixed areas in what Iraqi Arabs see as an encroachment on their homelands. Full Story
Bomb Kills 8 Kurdish Soldiers, Inflaming an Iraqi Regional DisputePosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:24amEight Kurdish pesh merga soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in a disputed part of eastern Diyala Province on Saturday, adding to tensions with the Iraqi government and local Arabs over the Kurds presence in the area. Full Story
Israeli fears boost opposition LikudPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:25amAs Israel's ruling centrist Kadima party prepares for leadership elections on Wednesday, the opposition centre-right Likud is riding high in the polls. Full Story
Bomb kills 4 US-backed, Sunni fightersPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3:27amIraqi officials say a bomb has killed the leader of a U.S.-backed, Sunni armed group in a western district of Baghdad. The officials say the bomb exploded Saturday night in the car of Fuad Ali Hussein, killing him as well as his deputy and two bodyguards. Full Story
Thailand's Acting Prime Minister Lifts State of EmergencyPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 4:16amThailand's acting prime minister has lifted a state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, 12 days after it was put into place following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government forces. Full Story
Abbas aims to stay in office to 2010 despite HamasPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 4:17amPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published on Sunday he will remain in office until 2010, a decision likely to stoke tensions with Islamist Hamas rivals who oppose his peace talks with Israel. Full Story
India police raid slums, relatives angry after bombsPosted on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 4:17amPolice officers trawled slums and criminal hideouts in India's capital on Sunday rounding up suspects, after serial bombings in the city a day earlier killed at least 20 people and wounded nearly 100. Full Story

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