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Finland to boost web surveillance after Norway attacks

HELSINKI — Finnish police said Monday they will monitor the Internet more rigorously for evidence of extremists plots following last week’s twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in…

US sends first ambassador to Syria since 2005 rift

DAMASCUS – Robert Ford, the first US ambassador to Syria since 2005, arrived Sunday in Damascus on a challenging mission to re-engage the two countries which disagree on a raft of important issues. “United States Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford arrived in Damascus today in the afternoon,” the embassy said…

Pakistan bomb attacks claim 102 lives

YAKAGHUND, Pakistan (AFP) – The death toll from a suicide bombing and car bomb blast that devastated a Pakistani tribal town has soared to 102 in one of the country’s deadliest attacks, officials said Saturday. The explosions targeted a busy market in Yakaghund town in Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt on…

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