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Israel ‘Foils’ Al Qaeda’s US Embassy Bomb Plot

Israel has said it thwarted plans by al Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Tel Aviv and other targets. The plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the embassy was at an “advanced” stage, Israeli officials said. Three Palestinian men have been arrested for allegedly plotting…

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Amnesty lifts lid on Cairo violence

Cairo – Egypt has seen state violence on an “unprecedented scale” since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July following mass protests again his rule, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday. Egypt’s authorities “quash dissent and trample on human rights”, Amnesty said, pointing to mass arrests, pressure on the freedom of…

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South Africa braces for mass platinum strike

Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers were set to down tools Thursday in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact in Africa’s largest economy. Up to 80,000 workers at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin mines will embark on an indefinite strike from early Thursday, after their demand to double the ...

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Australian police crack global money-laundering racket

SYDNEY: Australian police revealed Thursday they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to groups reported to include Hezbollah. The Australian Crime Commission said more than Aus$580 million (US$512 million) of drugs and assets had been seized, including Aus$26 million in cash, in a year-long sting codenamed Eligo targeting ...

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Al Qaeda leader urges rebel groups in Syria to unite

updated 1:43 AM EST, Thu January 23, 2014 (CNN) — A message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri addressed militants fighting in Syria to unite. The message, more than five minutes long, was posted online on militant websites. Its authenticity could not be independently…

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Dangote sees company in top 100 by 2017

Davos, Switzerland – Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote said his Dangote Group would join the ranks of the world’s biggest 100 companies within three years as he invests in cement, agriculture and oil refining across the continent. “We are targeted…

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Ukraine Protesters ‘Shot Dead’ By Police

Two people have reportedly been shot dead during clashes between police and protesters in Ukrainian capital Kiev. The country’s interior ministry has so far confirmed only one death, but made no comment on the cause. A second person also died from bullet wounds, said Oleh Bondar, a doctor working with protesters at their camp in central Kiev. Police threw stun ...

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Report links Chinese elite to offshore tax havens

BEIJING — Relatives of China’s president and other business and political leaders are linked to offshore tax havens that “helped shroud the communist elite’s wealth,” a U.S.-based journalism group said Wednesday. The report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists might fuel politically awkward attention on President Xi Jinping’s family and its wealth at a time when Xi has made ...

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Severe snow storm closes Washington; emergency in three states

Tweet Washington, Jan 22 (IANS) A thick blanket of snow covered the eastern half of the US as a severe winter storm clobbered the country leading to closure of government offices in Washington and declaration of a state of emergency in three states. With Winter Storm Janus, as it is called, expected to bring up to 14 inches of snow ...

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Egypt tourism revenues down 41 pct in 2013 vs 2012

CAIRO Jan 21 (Reuters) – Egypt’s tourism revenue sank by 41 percent to $5.9 billion in 2013 in comparison with a year earlier, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said on Tuesday, a further sign of pressure on one of…

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