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Argentina claims it seized weapons, drugs onboard US Air Force cargo plane

This report was originally filed Feb. 15, 2011, but has been republished today due to a general lack of US media coverage Argentina and the United States are engaged in a diplomatic spat after Buenos Aires authorities seized what they say are undeclared weapons and drugs on a US military…

Yemen President Saleh vows to stay amid growing protests demanding his ouster

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed on Monday not to quit under popular pressure as demonstrations demanding his ouster spread across the country and the death toll in protests rose to 12. Saleh, whose long reign makes him one of the Middle East’s great survivors, said the…

Libyan protesters occupy several cities, launch counter-attacks on police, military

Dictator rumored to have fled country for Venezuela, but details remain scarce CAIRO (AFP) – Protesters Monday overran several Libyan cities and regime stalwarts began defecting as the pillars of Moamer Kadhafi’s hardline rule were targeted in Tripoli amid reports he had fled the country. Cities including Benghazi in the…

US fires 118 drone bombs at Pakistan, killing just two most-wanted terrorists

WASHINGTON – Over one-hundred drone strikes in Pakistan last year ended up killing a total of 2 terrorists on the US most-wanted list, according to independent estimates. In 2010, the CIA launched a total of 118 drone attacks in Pakistan, each costing more than $1 million, The Washington Post reported.…

Pakistan intelligence says US gunman is CIA

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani intelligence official said Monday that an American in custody for killing two men was an undercover CIA contractor, in remarks likely to inflame a crisis with the United States. Washington insists that Raymond Davis, who says he acted in self-defence, is a member of its…

Taliban bomber kills 31 at Afghan office

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AFP) – A Taliban suicide bomber struck an Afghan government office on Monday, killing 31 people and raising to more than 100 the death toll from a surge in high-profile bomb attacks. A string of insurgent attacks has targeted civilians and government forces over the last three weeks,…

EU fears for citizens in Libya

BRUSSELS — European governments faced mounting fears for their citizens in Libya on Monday as Tripoli warned of civil war, but cracks remained on how to deal with veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi. After a deadly crackdown on revolutionary protesters, events took an increasingly violent turn with Libyan state television headquarters…

Researchers: Earth will be ‘unrecognizable’ by 2050

WASHINGTON — A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday. The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050,…

US officials: Drone strike kills five ‘militants’ in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone attack late on Sunday killed at least five militants in northwest Pakistan’s lawless South Waziristan tribal district, officials said. The drone strike was the first since a US gunman shot and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27, triggering…

Top US military officer ‘stunned’ by Arab revolts

RIYADH (AFP) – Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday he was “stunned” by the spread of Arab protests as he arrived in Saudi Arabia on a Gulf tour to boost Washington’s ties with regional allies. Mullen’s visit comes as an unprecedented wave of…

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