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  • U.S. launches strike against terror leader in Somalia

    January 27, 2014 12:44 AM 25

    The U.S. military launched a strike against a senior al-Qaeda and al Shabaab leader in a remote area of Somalia, a Defense Department official said Sunday. The official, who agreed to speak only on condition of not being identified by name, said the military currently is "assessing the effectiveness of the strike" against the target. The official declined

  • Cuba hosts 1st summit of regional bloc without US, Canada, since death of key backer Chavez

    January 26, 2014 11:15 PM 214

    HAVANA - Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean began arriving in Cuba on Sunday for a summit of a fledgling regional bloc that was conceived as a force for integration and a counterbalance to their most powerful neighbour, the United States. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC for its initials in Spanish, was formed

  • Tunisia set for final vote on new constitution

    January 26, 2014 10:59 PM 14

    It is also almost unique in the region for not enshrining Islamic law as the basis of all legislation, which has sparked opposition from religious conservatives. Following the weekly prayers on Friday, some 2,000 religious conservatives marched through the capital, denouncing the constitution. “We reject this secular constitution,” they shouted, in the first

  • Israeli defence computer hacked

    January 26, 2014 8:58 PM 16

    JERUSALEM: Hackers broke into an Israeli defence ministry computer via an email attachment tainted with malicious software that looked like it had been sent by the country's Shin Bet secret security service, an Israeli cyber security firm said on Sunday. Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Seculert, said the hackers earlier this month temporarily

  • Ahead of Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day, Bennett warns cabinet of rising anti-Semitism

    January 26, 2014 5:28 PM 8

    Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs minister says situation for Jews around the world deteriorated in 2013, despite lack of high profile attacks against Jewish targets such as 2012’s Toulouse school massacre. Anti-Semitism around the world is getting worse, Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet warned the cabinet during its weekly meeting

  • India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

    January 25, 2014 9:18 PM 49

    NEW DELHI: India and Japan late Saturday affirmed plans to "further strengthen" defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China. The agreement was reached at a meeting in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who arrived on a visit earlier in the day. "A strong India

  • Skirting tough topics, Syrian antagonists focus on aid as they face off for 1st time

    January 25, 2014 3:29 PM 10

    GENEVA - Syria's government and the Western-backed opposition say they are focusing on humanitarian aid as they meet face to face. The two sides aren't expected to speak directly as they start their second meeting Saturday, but will address a U.N. mediator who is trying to find common ground before the two sides start to address the thorny issues of how to end Syria's

  • Los Angeles man detained amid sweeping crackdown in Egypt

    January 25, 2014 9:14 AM 19

    A Los Angeles man working in Cairo as an English-Arabic translator and his Egyptian roommate, a documentary filmmaker, were taken into custody this week amid a sweeping crackdown by the country's military-backed transitional government. It was not immediately clear why the American, Jeremy Hodge, and his friend, Hossam Meneai, were detained, according

  • Ukraine leader loses control in west, offers concessions

    January 25, 2014 9:13 AM 12

    President Viktor Yanukovych has pledged to reshuffle his government and amend controversial anti-protest laws to ease Ukraine's crisis, after losing control of local administrations across the west of the country. KIEV: President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday pledged to reshuffle his government and amend controversial anti-protest laws to ease Ukraine's

  • Israel’s ‘unbalanced’ friend

    January 25, 2014 5:04 AM 32

    During his recent speech to the Israeli Knesset, our prime minister publicly declared that country to be Canada’s close friend and ally, the only country in the Middle East to be rooted in the ideals of “freedom, democracy and the rule of law.” In addition, he equated criticism of Israel with a “new anti-Semitism.” Is freedom confined to one group while