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Red Cross launches first emergency food aid for UK since WWII

Austerity measures and the economic downturn in the UK have prompted the British branch of the Red Cross to begin formulating an emergency food aid plan for Britain – the first the charity has set up for the country since WWII.   The Geneva-based charity is to start gathering and distributing food with the help of fellow charities and a supermarket chain, allocating donations to Britain’s needy.   ...

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Lawyers say NSA eavesdropping on U.S. citizen may have led to strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence officials may have used National Security Agency data collected by eavesdropping on U.S. citizens or residents to target a Somali militant leader in a lethal missile strike, defense lawyers in a California terrorism-funding case said.   Questions about whether the data may have been collected illegally could fuel fresh controversy over NSA spying on U.S. citizen ...

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US “snatches” Taliban commander from Afghans

(Al Jazeera) US military forces have captured Latifullah Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban, according to the US State Department. Marie Harf, State Department spokeswoman, said on Friday that US forces had apprehended Mehsud, whom she described as a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Mehsud is believed to be a close confidant of Hak ...

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Pakistan rearrests ex-president Musharraf over Red Mosque deaths

(Reuters) - Pakistan rearrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday after accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people when he ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in 2007.   The operation at the radical mosque in the capital of Islamabad followed a week-long standoff between the mosque's supporters and security forces.   The rearrest came af ...

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Extremist Group Gains Foothold Among Kenyans

NAIROBI, Kenya — When the United States tried to capture a powerful militant in Somalia last weekend, it did not go after the leader of the Shabab extremist group, but a Kenyan national whose ties were as much in his native country as in the Horn of Africa.   Outside of Somalia itself, Kenya sends more fighters to the Shabab than does any other country, analysts say. Young Kenyan men have ridden buses ...

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Libyan PM kidnapped by armed men

(Al Jazeera) Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli by an armed group and taken to an unknown location, the government has said. A former Libyan rebel group said on Thursday it had "arrested" Zeidan after the government allowed the United States to capture top al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli last weekend. The Libyan Revolutionary Operations Chamber said on F ...

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Sierra Leone ramps up security

 Sierra Leone officials say they are bolstering security in response to the heightened threat posed by Al-Shabaab, the West African nation expressed concern it could be targeted because of the presence its forces under the AMISOM operations in Somalia.       According to Sierra Leone government’s spokesperson the security was beefed up in the country after the Westgate attack in Kenya that ki ...

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Libya militants seek to avenge al Qaeda leader capture

(Reuters) - Libyan militants have called for the kidnapping of American citizens in Tripoli and for attacks on gas pipelines, ships and planes to avenge the capture of a senior al Qaeda figure by U.S. special forces in Libya last week.   Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilian ...

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Raids Show the Limits of U.S. Military Strikes

Four vans with tinted windows converged in a comfortable Tripoli neighborhood as a leader of Al Qaeda returned home on Saturday from early morning prayers. As his wife watched with alarm from a window, the men — armed with silencer-equipped weapons, some masked and some not — smashed his car window. Within moments, they were gone, taking with them one of America’s most wanted terror suspects. Around the sam ...

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Libya demands explanation for ‘kidnapping’ of citizen by US forces

Demand comes hours after separate failed US military raid on terrorist target in Somalia. Libya has demanded an explanation for the "kidnapping" of one of its citizens by American special forces, hours after a separate US military raid on a terrorist target in Somalia ended in apparent failure and retreat. In Tripoli the US army's Delta force seized alleged al-Qaida leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known ...

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