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Report: NSA director on his way out

(msnbc.com) Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency who lead the NSA during some of its toughest political challenges, is stepping down from the post early next year, according to Reuters. Alexander is the longest serving director of the NSA, having held the position for eight years. During the last four months, Alexander found himself faced with the greatest political and securit ...

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Malaysian court rules use of ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims

(Reuters) - A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.   The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia's appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-languag ...

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Two die in Addis Ababa bomb explosion

ADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) - A bomb blast in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed two people on Sunday, state radio said.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted plots of attacks in the past two years and blames rebel groups based in the south and southeast, as well as Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents.   "A bomb blast occurred at a residen ...

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US “days away from a very dangerous moment”

(BBC) The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, has warned that the United States is just "days away from a very dangerous moment" because of the government's borrowing crisis. He urged US policymakers to reach a deal to raise the government's debt ceiling before Thursday's deadline. The US Treasury will start to run short of funds if no agreement is reached for it to borrow on financial markets. Mr Ki ...

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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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