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Philippines, Singapore off U.S. trafficking list

The United States has removed the Philippines and Singapore from a human trafficking watchlist that had drawn concerns from the close allies, but it reported record abuses around the world. The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report has become increasingly sensitive for Southeast Asian governments, which face a cutoff…

Official: Christmas Day bomber ‘was on UK watch list’

LONDON — The Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a US airliner had been placed on a UK watchlist and barred from entering Britain earlier this year, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said on Monday. Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme, Johnson confirmed 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had…