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Japan: Navy puts carrier into service to defend East China Sea

March 30, 2015
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Knoxville Times    

"The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' have put into service the largest Japanese warship since WWII, making additional manpower and carrying capacity available for island defense and disaster relief. The 248m Izumo, dubbed 'a helicopter carrier destroyer,' is 25% longer than Japan's Hyuga-class destroyers and has a larger crew by 90 people, taking its total compliment to 470." (03/29/15)

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Uzbekistan’s election sees turnout at 91 percent

March 30, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"Uzbekistan's election commission said 91 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Sunday's presidential election, where victory by longtime authoritarian leader Islam Karimov is a foregone conclusion. The 77-year-old Karimov has led the former Soviet republic in Central Asia since the late 1980s and ruthlessly quashed all opposition to his rule." (03/29/15)

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US troop withdrawal plan changed for “dangerous” Afghanistan

March 27, 2015
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Chicago Chronicle    

"In a significant decision, the United States has agreed to delay troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan and as such will maintain a force of 9,800 in the war-torn nation by the end of this year amid concerns that the Islamic State fighter may be looking at a new base in that country. According to a joint US-Afghanistan statement issued after President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, reduction of troops in 2016 will depend on ground conditions in that country." (03/26/15)

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North Korea says it has detained two South Koreans for spying

March 27, 2015
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ABC    

"North Korea says it has detained two South Korean men on charges of spying. The South Korean government says it is trying to confirm that the men are from South Korea. The official Korean Central News Agency said last Thursday that the two were detained last year after collecting confidential information about the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, state organizations and the military." (03/26/15)

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Amnesty: Gaza militants committed war crimes

March 26, 2015
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Billings Gazette    

"The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian militant organizations had committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles. The report comes after two other reports issued in late 2014 that accused Israel of war crimes for attacks on multistory civilian buildings and attacks on Palestinian residential homes during the war." (03/25/15)

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US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets

March 25, 2015
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets, and to punish people who force migrant workers to catch seafood that can end up in the United States. The State Department, the U.S. seafood and retail industries and a member of Congress reacted swiftly Wednesday to an Associated Press investigation published this week that found slave-caught fish clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States." (03//25/15)

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South Sudan: Lawmakers extend president’s term by three years

March 25, 2015
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the government had said was necessary for stability amid an ongoing rebellion led by a former deputy president. The measure, passed by more than two-thirds of the legislators on Tuesday, also extends the tenure of the legislature, lawmaker Thomas Kundu, who heads parliament's information committee, told The Associated Press." (03/24/15)

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Homeland Security big-wig accused of improper influence

March 25, 2015
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Beloit Daily News    

"The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the youngest brother of likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas helped efforts to secure the visas in ways that created the appearance of favoritism and special access and caused resentment among career government employees, managers and lawyers." (03/24/15)

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Canada: Regime to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State group in Syria

March 25, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday. Harper told Parliament that he will not seek 'the express consent' of the President Bashar Assad government for the airstrikes, but will work closely with allies who have been carrying out such airstrikes against IS over Syria in recent months." (03/24/15)

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Yemen: Shiite rebels fire on protesters killing six

March 25, 2015
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"Shiite rebels fired bullets and tear gas Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters demanding they withdraw from a southwestern province, killing six demonstrators, wounding scores more and escalating tensions in a country on the verge of civil war. The rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital Sanaa in September and have been advancing south alongside forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh." (03/24/15)

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Iraq: Baghdad bombings kill 19; wound 36

March 24, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"Multiple bombings in the Iraqi capital killed at least 19 people and wounded 36, as Iraqi forces continued preparing for a large-scale operation to recapture the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State group. The deadliest bombing struck a busy commercial street Monday in the Habibiya section of Baghdad’s Sadr City, killing at least nine people and wounding 22, officials said." (03/23/15)

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Yemen: Hadi calls for Gulf military, UN action

March 24, 2015
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Iron Mountin Daily News    

"Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has asked Gulf countries to intervene militarily against Shiite rebels who have seized the capital and are advancing toward his new base in the south, his foreign minister told Saudi media Monday. Riad Yassin said Hadi has also asked the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone so that the rebels, known as Houthis, cannot use the airports they seized. He accused the rebels of being a proxy of Shiite Iran, charges they deny." (03/23/15)

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Philippines: Trial begins of US Marine charged with murder

March 24, 2015
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ABC    

"A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino after allegedly discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel went on trial in a Philippine court Monday. U.S. security escorts brought Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, wearing handcuffs, into a heavily secured courtroom in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, for the trial after an earlier plea-bargain negotiation with the family of the victim, Jennifer Laude, reportedly collapsed, lawyers for Laude's family said." (03/23/15)

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Russia’s return to Nicaragua worries many in Central America

March 24, 2015
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Russia is rekindling its once-strong ties to Nicaragua, possibly including providing the Central American nation with jet fighters, stoking unease as far away as the Andes in South America. Later this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Nicaragua as part of a swing through four Latin American nations, the culmination to a series of high-level Russian visits to this Central American nation in the past year." (03/23/15)

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Cameroon’s ruling party marks 30 years in power

March 23, 2015
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Cameroon's ruling party kicked off a week of celebrations for its 30th anniversary in power, lauding its accomplishments while the opposition accuses it of monopolizing authority. Festivities to mark the launch of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement began Saturday in the northern town of Maroua, which is the capital of the northern province that has been attacked by the Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram." (03/23/15)

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France: Vote blunts rise of far-right National Front

March 23, 2015
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ABC News    

"France's governing Socialists never expected to do well in Sunday's first-round local elections, and their strategy worked just as planned: Their conservative rivals took first place. Before the elections for 2,000 local councils, the Socialists urged people to vote, hoping that turnout would blunt the rise of Marine Le Pen's far right National Front, even if it meant Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP would be the victor." (03/22/15)

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Iraq: US trains regime forces as battle for Tikrit continues

March 23, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country’s security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants. Hundreds of American advisers are working at the Camp Taji military base just north of Baghdad to train Iraqi forces on issues like weaponry and better coordination and integration of ground action with coalition airstrikes." (03/22/15)

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Sierra Leone: Opposition party to consider impeaching president

March 23, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Sierra Leone's opposition party is considering launching impeachment proceedings against the president and will refuse all cooperation with the government because of the way the vice president was fired. The Sierra Leone People's Party said it will also ask the Supreme Court to review Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana's removal from office, the party said after an emergency meeting Saturday." (03/22/15)

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UK: Official says Russian is spying off UK coast

March 23, 2015
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Indianapolis Post    

"A former chief naval officer says Russian spy ships disguised as trawlers are intercepting military transmissions off Britain's coast as NATO conducts a major military exercise in the Black Sea. Lord West, who served as First Sea Lord and a UK defense minister, said Russia had deployed an entire fleet of the ships in a move reminiscent of the Cold War." (03/22/15)

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Spain: Andalusia provides electoral test for two new parties

March 23, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Two fledgling parties that have shaken up Spain's political scene were testing their voter appeal on Sunday in parliamentary elections in the unemployment-ravaged Andalusia region. The left-wing party Podemos party has links to Greece's anti-austerity Syriza and hopes to replicate its rise to power. Podemos means 'We Can.'" (03/22/15)

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UK military trainers in Ukraine for medical, tactical drills

March 20, 2015
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Around 30 British military personnel have arrived in Ukraine to provide medical and tactical training to the country's troops, officials said Thursday. Britain's defense ministry said it aims to boost Ukrainian armed forces' defensive capability in their armed campaign against Russian-backed separatists in the east." (03/19/15)

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EU leaders dampen Greek hopes for bailout relief

March 19, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Exasperated leaders of the European Union pressed the Greek prime minister to speed up plans to improve his country's balance sheet in a meeting that stretched into the early hours Friday. 'A deal is a deal,; Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said ahead of the meeting, reflecting frustration among many leaders at an EU summit about the pace at which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is implementing a Feb. 20 agreement to push through reforms in exchange for their help in keeping Greece solvent." (03/19/15)

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Japan: Police arrest suspect in US Embassy bomb threats

March 19, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"Japanese police said they arrested a man on Thursday accused of making bomb threats against the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and media reports said he is also a possible suspect in recent death threats against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Tokyo police arrested Mitsuyoshi Kamiya, a resident of the southern island of Okinawa, for making the bomb threats from a pay phone in downtown Okinawa, a police spokesman said." (03/19/15)

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Sierra Leone: President names new VP after firing predecessor

March 19, 2015
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Sierra Leone swore in a new vice president on Thursday, even as the man who was fired from the post a day earlier vowed to challenge his removal in court. In a ceremony shown on state television, President Ernest Bai Koroma swore in Victor Foh, who was until recently the West African nation's ambassador to China. Foh, 68, was once a senior official in the Finance Ministry and is also a former secretary-general of the ruling party, the All People's Congress." (03/19/15)

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Nigeria: Troops from Chad, Niger retake town from Boko Haram

March 19, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"Waving a captured black and white militant flag, soldiers from Niger and Chad on Wednesday celebrated their liberation of a Nigerian town from Boko Haram extremists. It is another victory in a regional campaign to wrest back swaths of northeast Nigeria from the Islamist militants." (03/18/15)

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