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  • Yemen | Info

    U.S. Special Forces kill Al Qaeda’s chief bomb maker

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  • Yemen | Info

    Military police colonel shot dead in Sana'a

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  • Saudi Arabia | Info

    Health minister sacked as Mers death toll rises

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  • Libya | Info

    Explosion and assassination attempt in Benghazi

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  • Iraq | Critical

    Militants attack balloting center killing 10

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  • Ukraine | Info

    Synagogue firebombed

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  • Ukraine | Info

    U.S. Vice President visit to Kiev

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  • Philippines | Info

    British man shot dead

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  • Pakistan | Critical

    Nine killed in latest attacks

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  • North Korea | Info

    Activity at nuclear test site

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  • Afghanistan | Info

    Campaign worker assassinated

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  • Afghanistan | Info

    U.S. troop numbers to fall

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  • Mexico | Info

    U.S. approves 680 million USD sale of Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico

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  • Mexico | Critical

    Six criminals killed and 42 arrested

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  • Bolivia | Info

    Minimum wage to be increased by 20%:

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  • South Sudan | Info

    Army battles rebels in three key states

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  • Central African Republic | Critical

    French troops escort Muslims to safety

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  • Central African Republic | Info

    Rebel commander captured

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  • Yemen | Critical

    Three killed in drone strike

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  • Syria | Critical

    Air strikes kill dozens in Aleppo

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Yemen | info

U.S. Special Forces kill Al Qaeda’s chief bomb maker

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Incident Comments

Al Qaeda's chief bomb maker is believed to have been killed in an ambush by U.S.- backed Special Forces in Yemen. A 4x4 vehicle, believed to be carrying Ibrahim al-Asiri, 32, mastermind of the 'underwear bomb plot', was engaged in a gun battle with special forces, dropped in by helicopter. Witnesses have described seeing soldiers take up position in the road, waiting for the vehicle to pass before opening fire. Those inside managed to shoot back, but all inside were reportedly killed as their car was pelted with bullets, The Times reports. Troops took sniffer dogs with them as they identified those inside and later confirmed one was a 'high value militant'. If al-Asiri is confirmed as among the dead, he would be the most senior al Qaeda member to be killed since Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Al-Asiri is believed to be behind a range of explosive devices including pant bombs and liquid explosive implants which contain no metal parts making them virtually undetectable. He was said to be the mastermind of the Christmas Day bomb plot, when a Nigerian man attempted unsuccessfully to detonate a device aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. On Saturday and Sunday, several air strikes - thought to be carried out chiefly by U.S. drones - were launched on central and southern provinces of Yemen. It is thought that the operation was launched from an undisclosed desert air base in eastern Saudi Arabia, close to the Yemeni border. It has been confirmed that 55 militants were killed on Sunday alone, making it the biggest strike against al Qaeda militants since at least 2012.

Yemen | info

Military police colonel shot dead in Sana’a

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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A military police colonel shot dead on Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, in two days, an official said. Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a terrorist group that has been the target of a U.S. drone campaign and repeated military operations by Yemen's weak central government. Two armed men on a motorbike shot dead Colonel Abdul Razak al-Jabali, head of military police training, as he walked to work along Airport Road, a Yemeni official said. Another officer, Fares al-Suwaydi, who worked in security at Sana'a airport, was killed in front of the terminal on Monday evening, also by gunmen on a motorbike. An intelligence officer died from wounds sustained in an attack that killed a colleague earlier on Monday.

Saudi Arabia | info

Health minister sacked as Mers death toll rises

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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The Saudi health minister has been sacked without explanation, as the (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Mers coronavirus death toll there climbed to 81. Abdullah al-Rabiah was dismissed just days after visiting hospitals in Jeddah to calm a public hit by panic over the spread of the respiratory virus. Saudi Arabia has registered the largest number of infections of Mers. The ministry said it had registered 261 cases of infection across the kingdom. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has been informed of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases worldwide, including 93 deaths since the virus was first discovered in September 2012. The WHO, which has been monitoring the global situation, says there is currently no reason to impose any travel restrictions because of the virus.

Libya | info

Explosion and assassination attempt in Benghazi

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Attacks have continued to rock Benghazi, with an explosion at a beauty salon and the attempted assassination of a security official. The explosion, near a beauty salon in the city’s Al-Keesh district, occurred at 6 am on Monday, a local resident told the Libya Herald. He said the blast, caused by a bomb in a bag, destroyed the salon and several nearby vehicles. There were no casualties reported. Separately on Sunday night an attempt was made on the life of a Saiqa Special Forces member, whose name has not been made public for security reasons. The man was driving in the Laithi district when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. He escaped unharmed.

Iraq | critical

Militants attack balloting center killing 10

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country’s north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. It was the latest in a surge of attacks around the country as Iraq gears up for crucial parliament elections on April 30. The attack came as Iraq’s Shiite-led government struggled to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. An unknown number of militants showed up at the polling center late Monday in Daqouq village outside the northern city of Kirkuk, deputy police chief Maj. Gen. Torhan Abdul-Rahman Youssef said. He added that they were there to carry out a search, but instead shot and killed the 10 guards, eight of whom were village residents.

Ukraine | info

Synagogue firebombed

Date Sat, Apr 19 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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The Nikolayev Synagogue in Ukraine was reportedly firebombed by vandals at approximate 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Chabad blog Shturem and closed-circuit footage of the attack, uploaded to YouTube at the weekend. The footage was posted by Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb. One firebomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue, which was unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window, according to the blog.

Ukraine | info

U.S. Vice President visit to Kiev

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location Europe & FSU

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U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has said Russia must "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the Ukraine crisis. He was speaking during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Mr Biden warned Russia that further "provocative behavior" would lead to "greater isolation" and urged Moscow to end its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the funerals took place for three men shot on Sunday. They were killed during a raid on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine. The circumstances remain unclear. The local separatists said the attack was carried out by ultra-nationalist Right Sector militants. Kiev called it a "provocation" staged by Russian Special Forces.

Philippines | info

British man shot dead

Date Sat, Apr 19 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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A British man who opened a scuba diving business in the Philippines has been shot dead. Tony Gilchrist, 35, from Staines, Surrey, was reportedly shot six times at his shop, Fish Buddies, on the island of Malapascua on Saturday. His killer was alleged to have been a security guard who he had dismissed for turning up late for work after a drinking session. His alleged killer was named in local news reports as 42-year-old Melchor Alciso Jr, from Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, in the Philippines. It has been reported that Mr Gilchrist had distributed thousands of pounds worth of aid raised in the UK following Typhoon Haiyan which destroyed large parts of the Philippines in November.

Pakistan | critical

Nine killed in latest attacks

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government. On Tuesday, three people were killed and 33 others, including 12 policemen, were wounded in a bombing in the Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province during the morning rush hour. Six people, including five policemen and an ambulance driver, were killed in a separate attack on a police patrol on the outskirts of the regional capital of Peshawar overnight. Three others were wounded when militants opened fire. Senior police officer Shafiullah Khan said unknown people had planted a bomb on a motorcycle and parked it near police headquarters in Peshawar.

North Korea | info

Activity at nuclear test site

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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Activity has increased at North Korea's nuclear test site, South Korea says, ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to the region. The military was "currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," a South Korean defense ministry spokesman said. North Korea could be planning to hold a "surprise nuclear test or just pretend to stage a nuclear test," he said. North Korea has carried out three nuclear tests in the past. South Korea's foreign minister warned of the dangers of another. "If North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test as it has publicly warned, it will be a game changer," Yun Byung-se said.

Afghanistan | info

Campaign worker assassinated

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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A prominent campaign worker in Afghanistan's presidential election was shot dead outside his home in the country's east, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban denied they were involved in the killing. Campaign worker Esmatullah, was returning home from visiting a friend on Monday afternoon when unknown gunmen opened fire outside his house in Logar province, provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said. Esmatullah — known as Commandor Tor for his role in the struggle against the 1990s Soviet occupation — was killed instantly while his two bodyguards were wounded, Darwish said. Esmatullah worked as an election observer for presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, a prominent Islamic cleric who is currently running fourth in the race for the top post, according to the partial results that have been released.

Afghanistan | info

U.S. troop numbers to fall

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location Asia & Pacific

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The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say. Since Afghanistan's general election on April 5, White House, State Department and Pentagon officials have resumed discussions on how many American troops should remain after the current U.S.-led coalition ends its mission this year. The decision to consider a small force, possibly less than 5,000 U.S. troops, reflects a belief among White House officials that Afghan security forces have evolved into a robust enough force to contain a still-potent Taliban-led insurgency. The small U.S. force that would remain could focus on counter-terrorism or training operations.

Mexico | info

U.S. approves 680 million USD sale of Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location Americas

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The U.S. government on Monday said it had approved the potential sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters built by Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp to Mexico, a deal valued at 680 million USD. The State Department approved the possible sale and Congress was notified last Thursday by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales. U.S. lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare. The deal was announced ahead of an upcoming trip to Mexico by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Mexico | critical

Six criminals killed and 42 arrested

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location Americas

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Six suspected criminals were killed and more than 40 others arrested in a law enforcement operation carried out over the past 15 days in Mexico State, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, the Navy Secretariat said Monday. Ten bases were established on April 7 in the northern and eastern parts of Mexico State to deal with the wave of violence that hit the region in recent weeks, the secretariat said. The bases were set up with the Citizens Safety Secretariat “as a result of an analysis of the areas that have the highest incidence of crime,” the secretariat said. Security forces members have detained 42 people, “some of whom have outstanding warrants for murder,” and seized eight vehicles, drugs and firearms, the secretariat said. Three suspected people traffickers were arrested and five migrants rescued in the city of Tultitlan, thanks to tips from the public, the secretariat said. A spike in kidnappings, robberies and revenge killings involving gangs was reported in Mexico State in the first few months of 2014, prompting state officials to request federal assistance to boost law enforcement.

Bolivia | info

Minimum wage to be increased by 20%:

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location Americas

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Bolivia will raise the minimum wage by 20%, President Evo Morales announced on Monday. Following talks with leaders from Bolivia's main trade union federation, President Morales also said that the basic salary would go up by 10%. The increase is well above inflation, which was 6.5% in 2013. The move has been welcomed by the trade unions but harshly criticized by the employers' federation, who said they had been bypassed in the negotiations.

South Sudan | info

Army battles rebels in three key states

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location Africa

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South Sudan's army said on Tuesday it was battling rebels in three key states, as insurgents blamed for massacring hundreds of civilians in attacks last week continued an offensive targeting oil fields. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, according to the UN. Bentiu is the capital of the key oil-producing state of Unity. Government forces say they have been forced to pull out of another major settlement nearby amid furious rebel attacks.

Central African Republic | critical

French troops escort Muslims to safety

Date Sun, Apr 20 2014

Location Africa

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French peacekeepers in CAR escorted a convoy of Muslims away from the threat of violence in the capital on Monday to a town effectively controlled by Muslim rebels. A Reuters witness said 102 Muslims guarded by 150 French troops, supported by a helicopter patrolling overhead, left the northern suburb of PK-12 on Sunday in trucks for Bambari, about 300 km (190 miles) northeast of the capital. Almost all Muslims have fled Bangui since the Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March 2013, were forced to step aside in January. The United Nations has since reported a "cleansing" of Muslims from the country's west. Inter-communal violence has gripped CAR since late 2012 when a battle for power degenerated into violence between Muslims and Christians that have forced about one million people from their homes.

Central African Republic | info

Rebel commander captured

Date Tue, Apr 22 2014

Location Africa

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Uganda's military says it has captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and rescued 10 people abducted by the fugitive leaders of the rebel group notorious for abducting children. Ugandan military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda said on Tuesday that the commander — a rebel lieutenant known as Charles Okello — was seized after a fire-fight in CAR, where Uganda-led African Union troops are hunting down rebels. In the hunt for LRA leaders the African troops are being assisted by US military advisers and aircraft. Despite an intensified hunt for the rebel leaders, warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for many atrocities, remains elusive and is believed to be constantly on the move in vast central African jungle.

Yemen | critical

Three killed in drone strike

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Three more suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed in a drone strike in southern Yemen, local officials say. The men were traveling in a car in Shabwa province early on Monday when it was hit by a missile and destroyed. Witnesses told the AFP news agency that a helicopter arrived soon afterwards to retrieve their bodies, suggesting one might have been a senior militant. More than 40 militants are now believed to have been killed in a series of drone strikes over the past three days. On Sunday, drones fired missiles at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) training camps in the remote, mountainous area of Wadi Ghadina, in the neighboring province of Abyan, killing about 30.

Syria | critical

Air strikes kill dozens in Aleppo

Date Mon, Apr 21 2014

Location M. East & N. Africa

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Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood. Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were killed when mortars struck central Damascus. The opposition watchdog group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes killed 29 people on Sunday, including women and children, in the southern Al-Ferdous district of Aleppo, a city that was once Syria's largest and a major commercial hub. Another 14 people were killed in the Baeedeen neighborhood from "barrel bomb" attacks - strikes in which helicopters drop highly destructive improvised explosives - the group said. A further five died in barrel bomb attacks in the village of Tlajabin, it added.