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Dutch arrest 12 Somalis on suspicions of terrorist attack preparations

Dutch police have arrested 12 Somali men in the key port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack, the public prosecutor said Saturday. The men, aged 19 to 48, were detained Friday on a tip from the intelligence services that they were planning an attack shortly in…

Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks

With big oil companies eager to expand offshore exploration in the Arctic, an environmental group on Wednesday warned that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with an oil spill there. Freezing conditions, high seas and fragile ecosystems are among the dangers that could imperil operations to clean up a…

‘Jewish aid boat’ leaves Cyprus bound for Gaza

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus — A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Europe and the United States set sail on Sunday from Cyprus bound for Gaza, in a bid to run Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian territory. The “Irene” left the port of Famagusta in the Turkish-held north of the divided eastern…

US Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba

US Embassy in Jordan warns of ‘possible imminent threat’ in port city of Aqaba. The U.S. Embassy in Jordan has warned Americans of a “possible imminent threat” in the country’s Red Sea port of Aqaba and has recommended avoiding the city for the next 48 hours. The embassy said Wednesday…

Ancient city by the sea rises amid Egypt’s resorts

Where Egypt’s elite now play, an ancient Roman port on Mediterranean once thrived Today, it’s a sprawl of luxury vacation homes where Egypt’s wealthy play on the white beaches of the Mediterranean coast. But 2,000 years ago, this was a thriving Greco-Roman port city, boasting villas of merchants grown rich…

Supporters: Church ignored in NYC mosque furor

Supporters say church destroyed on 9/11 is being ignored in furor over mosque near ground zero Supporters of a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on Sept. 11 say officials willing to speak out about a planned community center and mosque near ground zero have been silent on efforts to get the…

Flotilla set for final leg of Gaza blockade-busting bid

Masked naval commandos will intercept, Israel warns NICOSIA — Hundreds of activists on Friday braced for the final leg of their attempt to bust the Gaza Strip embargo, a bid Israel vowed to defeat as each side accused the other of violating international law. The Associated Press reports, “Israel on…

Report: Earthquake nearly caused nuclear catastrophe in Chile

The world may have narrowly averted a serious nuclear accident in February when US scientists managed to get a deposit of enriched uranium out of Chile in the midst of a massive earthquake, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow told viewers Tuesday night. Maddow reported on revelations in a Time magazine article that…

Oil spilled at east Texas port as ships collide

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- As much as 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in a southeast Texas port Saturday after two vessels collided, the U.S. Coast Guard said. No injuries have been reported, but part of the port has been closed and some nearby residents have been evacuated.…

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