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Iran Says It Successfully Tests New Missiles

Iran has announced it successfully tested two new missiles on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Defense Minister Hossein Deghan said on February 10 that the test-firing of a new generation of ballistic missile “with a fragmentation warhead” and a Bina laser-guided, surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile went as planned. Deghan said […]

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U.S. To Seek Death Penalty For Accused Boston Bomber Tsarnaev

The United States government says it will seek to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings in April. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on January 30 that he has authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the April 15, […]

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Beyond Kyiv: Ukrainian Protesters Seize Control Of Regional Administrations

Protests are spreading to Ukraine’s regions with demonstrators seizing control of administrative buildings and, in some cases, forcing governors, who are appointed by President Viktor Yanukovych, to resign. In some cases, particularly in western Ukraine, they are meeting little — if any — resistance from police. In some western regions, elected regional councils, which are […]

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Ukrainian PM Threatens Force Against Opposition Protesters

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says government security forces will use force against antigovernment protesters in Kyiv if “provocateurs” do not stop their activities. Speaking to the Russian television station Rossia 24, Azarov blamed clashes between protesters and riot police in central Kyiv since January 19 on opposition leaders. “The responsibility, first and foremost lies, […]

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Attack On Restaurant In Central Kabul Kills 14

Afghan police say at least 14 Afghans and foreigners have died in a bombing and shooting attack on a restaurant in Kabul. Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said that “one suicide bomber detonated himself outside the restaurant and two others got inside, indiscriminately killing people.” AFP reports that the January 17 assault on the […]

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U.S. Senate Report Says Benghazi Attack Was Preventable

A U.S. Senate panel report has declared that the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 could have been prevented. The highly critical, bipartisan report on January 15 spread blame among the U.S. State Department, the U.S. military, and intelligence officials for failing to heed warning signs ahead […]

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UN Chief Says Iraqi Leaders Must Address ‘Root Causes’ Of Violence

On a visit to Baghdad, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Iraqi leaders to address the root causes of the surge in violence. He said Iraqi leaders should “ensure that no one is left behind.” Ban said there should be “political cohesion, social cohesion,” and an inclusive political dialogue. The UN chief is due to […]

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Al-Qaeda Affiliate Calls For Truce With Syrian Rebels

The leader of an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria has called for a cease-fire with other rebel groups in a bid to end several days of fighting among opposition forces. Abu Mohammad al-Golani, head of the Al-Nusra Front, made the truce proposal in an audio recording posted on Twitter. Golani put much of the blame for […]

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Deadly explosion shakes southern Beirut

Lebanese state media says a car bomb in southern Beirut has killed at least four people. The January 2 explosion hit the neighborhood of Haret Hreik, a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah. Images broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV showed smoke billowing at the site of the blast and firefighters putting out several cars […]