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Iran pushes for end to UN arms embargo in nuclear deal

July 7, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed on Monday for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on the country -- a parallel deal that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast power and influence. Speaking on the eve of an already-extended target date for a complete agreement, a senior Iranian official and a U.S. official said Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with are also working on a U.N. resolution that would endorse any future nuclear deal." (07/06/15)

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Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack

July 7, 2015
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"A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed. Modibo Nama Traore said Monday that French special forces killed Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene in an early Sunday morning operation in the Tigharghar mountains in north Mali's Kidal region. A dozen others were arrested, he said." (07/06/15)

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Nigeria: Day of extremist violence kills more than 60

July 7, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshippers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching about peaceful coexistence of all faiths. Militants from Boko Haram were blamed for the bombings Sunday night at a crowded mosque and a posh Muslim restaurant in the central city of Jos; a suicide bombing earlier at an evangelical Christian church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, and attacks in several northeastern villages where dozens of churches and about 300 homes were torched." (07/06/15)

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Afghanistan: Three dead, 13 hurt after bomb blast at checkpoint in Kandahar

July 6, 2015
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Bennington Banner    

"An official says a bomb blast at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar has killed two civilians, one policeman and wounded 13 others. Samim Khpolwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast Sunday evening came from a bomb strapped to a motorcycle. The wounded included 11 civilians and two police." (07/05/15)

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Trinidad: Joint unit of police, soldiers to combat gangs

July 6, 2015
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ABC News    

"Trinidad and Tobago's leader has created a combined national security force to combat gang violence in a crime-troubled community. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the initiative dubbed 'Operation Restore' will join together police officers and soldiers to 'restore peace' in the central area of Enterprise, where gun violence by feuding gangs has recently escalated." (07/05/15)

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Malaysia: PM faces risk of criminal charges over fund

July 6, 2015
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country’s attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB." (07/05/15)

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Nigeria: Suicide bomber kills six at church

July 6, 2015
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Jamestown Sun    

"A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria on Sunday at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people. The spate of bloodletting prompted renewed international outrage and French President Francois Hollande said he was ready to hold a summit with regional leaders to coordinate the fight against Boko Haram." (07/05/15)

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Egypt: Currency drops to new low against the dollar

July 6, 2015
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"The Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the U.S. dollar, the second such drop in days, the country's central bank said Sunday, in a move that could help boost much-needed foreign investment. The central bank set a cutoff rate of 7.73 Egyptian pounds per dollar in an auction that sold $39.6 million on Sunday, compared to a previous low of 7.63 on Thursday." (07/05/15)

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Puerto Rico: Padilla blames creditors for politicians’ fiscal irresponsibility

July 3, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Puerto Rico's governor said Thursday that creditors are responsible for helping the U.S. island out of its economic crisis because they lent money knowing the government was running a deficit. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla also sought to clarify comments recently published in The New York Times saying he believes Puerto Rico's $72 billion public debt is unpayable." (07/02/15)

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Colombia: Two bombings wound eight people in capital

July 2, 2015
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"An explosive device went off in the financial district of Colombia's capital Thursday and wounded seven people, while a second blast in another part in Bogota injured an eighth person, authorities said. Health officials said none of the wounded suffered serious injuries." (07/02/15)

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Mexico: Army ordered troops to “kill criminals”

July 2, 2015
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Uniontown Herald-Standard    

"A human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given Mexican soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members after they surrendered. The documents, shared with The Associated Press by the Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center, appear to be the first evidence that soldiers involved in the alleged execution killing of at least 12 civilians on June 30, 2014, could argue they were following orders." (07.02/15)

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Mali: Attack on UN convoy kills six peacekeepers, wounds 5

July 2, 2015
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Uniontown Herald-Standard    

"Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso. The U.N. mission in this west African nation has the highest number of casualties of the world body's 16 far-flung peacekeeping operations." (07/02/15)

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Egypt: Scores killed as militants attack troops in Sinai

July 2, 2015
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Redding Record Searchlight    

"Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. The restive territory's deadliest fighting in decades followed the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor and a vow by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants." (07/01/15)

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WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel

July 2, 2015
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel. Reports two years ago that Merkel's phone had been targeted by the NSA prompted diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, but German prosecutors recently dropped their probe into the case citing lack of concrete evidence." (07/01/15)

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Guatemala: Court revives study on ending president’s immunity

July 1, 2015
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ABC    

"Guatemala's constitutional court has revived a process that could strip President Otto Perez Molina of immunity from prosecution amid growing corruption scandals. Court President Gloria Porras says an injunction suspending the process last month was lifted Wednesday after the court considered Perez Molina's petition. The ruling is an early step in a process that could lead to impeachment." (07/01/15)

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Greece: Bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

July 1, 2015
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"Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country['s politicians] failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone. With its [politicians'] failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the IMF, Greece became the first developed country to fall into arrears on payments to the fund. The last country to do so was Zimbabwe in 2001." (06/30/15)

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Yemen: Fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee

July 1, 2015
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Virginian-Pilot    

"Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said. A security official said the jailbreak in the southwestern city of Taiz came after its main prison was caught in crossfire between southerners fighting for autonomy or outright independence and the rebels, known as Houthis, who are backed by army units loyal to a former president." (06/30/15)

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UN human rights council “morally flawed” alleges Israel

July 1, 2015
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Florida Statesman    

"Israel has reacted sharply and is reportedly mulling leaving the United Nations' human rights agency over its report alleging that the Jewish state may have committed war crimes in Gaza last year. In Geneva, as the United Nations Human Rights Council began debating the 200-page inquiry report, Israel's representative snubbed the body and called it 'morally flawed'." (06/30/15)

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France: Soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa

July 1, 2015
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San Diego Union-Tribune    

"Two French soldiers serving in the African country of Burkina Faso are being suspended over accusations of sexual abuse of minors, authorities said Tuesday. It is the second case of alleged sexual abuse of minors by French soldiers in Africa to surface in recent months. French officials insisted Tuesday that the Burkina Faso case was unrelated to the earlier one, in Central African Republic, involving different soldiers." (06/30/15)

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WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

June 30, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France's top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn't immediately respond to the release in French publications Mediapart and Liberation on Monday night." (06/29/15)

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Greece: Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

June 30, 2015
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was defiant, urging voters to reject creditors' demands, insisting a 'No' vote in next Sunday's referendum would strengthen Athens' negotiating hand." (06/29/15)

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Egypt: Bomb kills top prosecutor as he drives to work

June 30, 2015
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Statesville Record & Landmark    

"A car bomb killed Egypt's chief prosecutor Monday in the country's first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Hisham Barakat led the prosecution of members of the Brotherhood and other Islamists, including former President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military in July 2013." (06/29/15)

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Chad: Suicide bombings hit capital, kill 11

June 30, 2015
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Albuquerque Journal    

"Two suicide bombings rocked Chad’s capital, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, an official said Monday. Five police officers were among the 11 dead, said Chad’s Minister of Public Security, Abderahim Bireme Hamid. He blamed extremists for the attack, saying that 'the mastermind of the network was arrested yesterday.'" (06/29/15)

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As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkey ponders military action

June 29, 2015
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a National Security Council meeting Monday which covered developments in Syria and pro-government newspapers were rife with purported proposals." (06/29/15)

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Burundi: Two killed in overnight attacks blamed on the police

June 29, 2015
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Bismarck Tribune    

"At least two people were killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by Burundian police, witnesses said Sunday as the country prepared for legislative elections despite an upsurge in violence. Witnesses in the Jabe neighborhood in the nation's capital of Bujumbura, reported intense gunfire Saturday night in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen as hosting anti-government protesters." (06/28/15)

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