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U.S. drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border on Monday killed at least 10 militants, local security officials said. Two unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting the compound and a vehicle parked in the Gorwaik area of Datta Khel town, 45 kilometres…

Panetta makes 9/11 gaffe in Iraq

Newly appointed US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in Baghdad on Monday that 9/11 was the reason they were in Iraq, before he was quickly corrected by his spokesman. “The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got…

Anonymous threatens ‘explosive’ releases from intelligence community

Update (below): Anonymous releases 90,000 military emails and passwords A Twitter account purported to be run by a hacker who helped found the infamous LulzSec group claimed Monday that “Anonymous” would release “literally explosive” information this week, ostensibly taken from intelligence contractors. While it was impossible to verify if the…

French police ‘interview Strauss-Kahn accuser’

French police detectives interviewed a young French writer on Monday over her claim that former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, a judicial official told AFP. Paris police have been asked by investigating magistrates to look into the writer Tristane Banon’s allegation against the ex-head of…

Rescuers raise 48 bodies from Volga boat accident

Russian rescuers recovered nearly 50 bodies on Monday from an overcrowded pleasure boat that sank in the Volga River in an accident the Kremlin blamed on disregard for safety. Divers reported raising 48 bodies off the vessel, the Bulgaria, which went down in a heavy storm on Sunday on one…

Greece, Italy top agenda at EU finance chiefs meeting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU finance officials will discuss a range of options for Greece’s intractable debt crisis on Monday, galvanized by the growing threat of contagion to Italy, the euro zone’s third-largest economy. A senior European Union source told Reuters the Eurogroup of 17 euro zone finance ministers meeting later…

Death toll climbs to 80 in India rail accident

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The death toll in a train accident in northern India climbed to 80 on Monday with more than 350 injured in one of the worst rail disasters to hit the country’s troubled rail network in years. The accident occurred on Sunday in northern Uttar Pradesh state…

U.S. forces ‘still attacking Iraq Shiite insurgents’

US forces are carrying out operations against Shiite insurgents, almost a year after the military announced a formal end to its combat operations in Iraq, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. “We have to unilaterally be able to go after those threats. We’re doing that,” Panetta told reporters,…

Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone on Panetta visit

Three rockets slammed into Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone on Monday, wounding a woman and her three children, security officials said, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta began the second day of a visit. There was no report or indication the missiles had landed anywhere close to the US embassy inside…

China’s top general criticizes U.S. naval exercises

China’s top military officer said Monday the timing of US naval exercises in the South China Sea was “inappropriate,” after talks with his US counterpart aimed at cooling the territorial dispute. General Chen Bingde urged the United States to be “more modest and prudent in words and deeds”, amid growing…

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