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At NY trial, British shoe-bomb plotter talks of brainstorming US, London al-Qaida targets

Published April 29, 2014Associated Press Facebook0 Twitter0 Gplus0 NEW YORK – A British shoe-bomb plotter testifying by video for a second time in a New York courtroom revealed potential U.S. and English terror targets that were discussed at al-Qaida brainstorming sessions. Saajid Badat (SAH’-jeed buh-DAHT’) testified Tuesday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed — the self-professed architect of the Sept. 11…

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IOC VP: Rio preparations ‘worst I have experienced’

In an unusually blunt public warning, a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday called the delayed preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro “the worst I have experienced.” John Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s co-ordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind “in many, many ways” and ...

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U.N. rights chief criticizes Egypt death sentences

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday condemned Egypt’s sentencing of 683 people to death, saying that the mass trial had clearly breached international law…

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Yemen launches major anti-Al-Qaeda offensive

ADEN: Yemeni forces have launched an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of southern towns, where blistering air strikes killed nearly 60 militants last week, military officials said today. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula jihadists established strongholds in towns and rugged zones in Abyan and Shabwa provinces after security forces chased them from major cities in Abyan in 2012. Yemeni ...

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Germany’s Ex-Chancellor Celebrated His Birthday With Putin In Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets German Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder during their meeting in Svetlogorsk, some 40 km (25 miles) from Kaliningrad July 3, 2005. See Also BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government and media distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on ...

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Rio 2016 preparations are the ‘worst’

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has called Brazil’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Games “the worst” in his experience and critically behind schedule before warning that there was no “plan B” to find another host. Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, the IOC Vice-President John Coates told…

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UNSC strengthens support for security sector reform

United Nations, April 29: The UN Security Council (UNSC) Monday adopted a resolution to strengthen its support for the security sector reform in countries emerging from conflict, and assist them to prioritise the development of the sector. The 15-member body unanimously adopted the first-ever stand- alone resolution on security sector reform after a day-long…

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North Korea says it will conduct live-fire drills

SEOUL, South Korea – (AP) — North Korea has notified rival South Korea that it plans a live-fire drill near the countries’ disputed western sea boundary. South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Tuesday that military officials will closely monitor the drills. Both Koreas regularly conduct artillery drills in the Yellow Sea. North Korea disputes the…

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Kerry backs off Israel ‘apartheid’ comment

WASHINGTON – (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he had chosen the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn’t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In a statement released by the State Department, Kerry lashed out against “partisan ...

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UN and IOC sign accord on sport for peace

UNITED NATIONS – (AP) — The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee signed an agreement Monday to use the power of sports to promote peace and economic development, a move that strengthens collaboration between two of the world’s major organizations. IOC President Thomas Bach told a U.N. event celebrating the strengthened relationship that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was right ...

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