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S. Korea delays live fire drill after threat from North

Military maneuvers planned by South Korean troops will be delayed because of bad weather on a border island shelled by North Korea last month, as Russia and China expressed concerns over rising tensions on the divided peninsula. The North warned Friday that it would strike even harder than before if…

National electronic ID cards planned for Afghanistan

KABUL – War-torn Afghanistan lacks basic national infrastructure, yet on Sunday the government unveiled plans for a $100 million electronic identification system with cards to be issued to all Afghans within five years. A chip in the wallet-size identification cards will hold a drivers’ license, vehicle registration, signature and voting…

Taliban video shows US soldier held in Afghanistan

Taliban video show US soldier held in Afghanistan for nearly 18 months A new video released by the Taliban shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. serviceman held captive in Afghanistan, with bags under his eyes and what appears to be an abrasion on his left cheek. The video…

Hackers shut down Saudi education ministry website

The Saudi education ministry’s website was shut down on Monday after hackers posted pictures of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and a youth wielding a syringe. Hackers calling themselves the “True Promise Team” posted Nasrallah’s picture and blasted Saudi treatment of the kingdom’s minority Shiites in the first hack, according to…

UK interrogation training manuals on detainees: ‘Get them naked,’ search foreskin

British military manuals leaked to The Guardian and used to train interrogators in techniques involving humiliation, disorientation, exhaustion and fear may violate international laws. The training manuals describe a number of interrogation techniques used to “pressure” detainees. Some of these techniques include enforced nakedness, sensory deprivation, humiliating cavity searches, and…

Revealed: German diplomat expensed ‘liquidation of Jews’

One diplomat wrote on his expense report the purpose of his journey: “Liquidating Jews in Belgrade.” BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Foreign Office played a far more active role in the Holocaust than previously known and remained a haven for former Nazi diplomats for decades after the war, according to a…

Iran rejects as ‘diabolical’ WikiLeaks disclosures

Iran rejects WikiLeaks disclosures on its role in Iraq, brands them suspicious, diabolical Iran on Tuesday rejected as “suspicious” and “diabolical” disclosures by WikiLeaks on its role in neighboring Iraq. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast charged in his weekly news briefing that the website revelations were politically motivated. “There are…

Spain arrests American al-Qaida suspect

Spain arrests American of Algerian origin on suspicion of financing al-Qaida Spanish police have arrested a U.S. citizen of Algerian origin who is suspected of financing al-Qaida’s North African affiliate, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. Mohamed Omar Debhi, 43, was arrested Tuesday in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat near…

Iran says no decision on woman in stoning case

Iran says no final decision on woman who could be executed by stoning on adultery conviction Iran said Tuesday no final decision has been made on the fate of a woman who could be executed by stoning on an adultery conviction in a case that has sparked widespread international outrage.…

Saudi Arabia denies it will license blogs

A Saudi official denied on Friday that bloggers and web forums would be forced to register under a new electronic media law, after remarks he made sparked outrage among Saudi internet users. Ministry of information domestic media supervisor Abdulrahman al-Hazzaa clarified that the new law will require on-line news sites…

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