Category: CONFLICTS

EU Naval Force Strikes Pirate Base on Somali Coast

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The European Union's anti-piracy naval force has carried out its first air attacks against a pirate base on the Somali coast. EU NAVFOR said in a statement Tuesday that initial reports show no Somalis were injured in what was described as the “focused, precise and proportionate” attack against “known pirate supplies” on the Somali shoreline.

Syria: 23 Soldiers Killed in Fighting

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Activists say Syrian rebels killed 23 soldiers in clashes near the city of Rastan, in one of the deadliest days for loyalist forces in the country's 14-month, anti-government uprising. Monday's fighting broke out after the town, about 25 kilometers north of Homs, suffered heavy shelling from the Syrian army. Several people were wounded and several

Afghanistan Blast Kills 9

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Afghan officials say a bomb blast at a market in the country's north has killed nine people, including a local official. Police say Monday's explosion struck a shop in the Ghormuch district of Faryab province. It is unclear who was responsible. Afghanistan's north has.. Read more: http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2012/05/14/afghanistan-blast-kills-9/

Uniformed Attacker Kills NATO Solder in Afghanistan

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An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform has opened fire on a group of NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan, killing one service member. Friday's shooting is at least the 15th incident this year in which an Afghan soldier or an insurgent disguised as a soldier has fired on coalition forces. A NATO statement did not

China Says Ready for ‘Escalation’ in Maritime Dispute With Philippines

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China says it is ready to respond to “any escalation” by the Philippines, as a tense, month-long standoff continues over a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea. The state-run Xinhua news agency on Tuesday quoted Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying as saying Beijing is not optimistic about the dispute over the Scarborough

Al-Qaida Militants Kill 20 Yemeni Soldiers

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Yemeni military officials say suspected al-Qaida militants have killed at least 20 soldiers during a surprise attack in the country's south. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Monday's assault occurred in the volatile Abyan province. The attack comes a day after a senior al-Qaida leader in the Gulf region was killed

Syria Clashes Continue as Government Claims Troop Pullout

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Syrian forces have launched fresh military operations just hours after the government said it had started to withdraw troops from some cities in compliance with an international cease-fire plan. Activists said Wednesday tanks were storming and shelling several towns and villages. They said the operations were ongoing “from the Turkish border in the northeast to

Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Somali Capital

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Officials say a suicide bombing at Somalia's national theater has killed at least six people, including the president of the country's Olympic committee and the head of its soccer federation. The blast Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu, came during a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of a national television station. Somalia re-opened the theater

Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan

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Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 16 civilians in assaults on opposition hubs in central

20 Killed in Attack on NATO Supply Convoy in Afghanistan

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Afghan officials say a NATO supply convoy came under heavy fire in mountainous western Afghanistan late Wednesday, sparking a gunbattle in which at least five Afghan security guards, an Afghan soldier and 14 attackers were killed. The officials say the firefight in Farah province was intense and raged for hours following the ambush by a

US Commander Warns of Growing North Korean Threat

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The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he is concerned about North Korea's growing capability to carry out attacks through nonconventional means, such as cyber warfare and chemical weapons. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, General James Thurman said North Korea's advances in computer hacking and biological weapons, combined

Fighting Ceases Along Sudan-South Sudan Border

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Fighting has apparently ended along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, where air strikes and ground attacks took place this week. By Thursday morning, troops were reported to have pulled back from both sides of the border. But smoldering remains of tanks and trucks remain on the ground in Heglig, evidence of the battles

Envoy to Brief UN Security Council on Syria

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Russia's foreign ministry says it is encouraging the Syrian government to “fully cooperate” with Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy attempting to find a settlement to the year-long bloodshed in the country. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday he also expects Western governments to urge the Syrian opposition to cooperate with the mediation efforts of

NATO Helicopter Crash Kills 14 Near Afghan Capital

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Turkey's military says one of its helicopters has crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, killing 12 Turkish soldiers onboard and at least two people on the ground. Authorities say the Sikorsky helicopter was on a mission as part of the NATO force in Afghanistan when it crashed Friday in the

Nigeria, Boko Haram in Indirect Talks for a Ceasefire

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Nigeria is said to have opened ceasefire talks with with the shadowy Islamic sect Boko Haram, blamed for hundreds of deaths in bombings and shootings over the past 18 months. Political and diplomatic sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, say intermediaries are bringing messages between the government and militant leaders. Reports from Nigeria say Boko

Eritrea Calls for UN to Respond After Ethiopian Attack

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Eritrea is calling for the United Nations to impose penalties on arch-rival Ethiopia, after Ethiopian forces attacked a military base inside Eritrea. In a statement Friday, Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh said the incursion is part of a history of “unlawful and provocative attacks” by Ethiopia. He urged the U.N. Security Council to take measures

Syria’s Homs Battered by Heaviest Shelling in Days

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Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have intensified an assault on the central opposition stronghold of Homs, as U.N. diplomats drafted a General Assembly resolution to denounce human rights violations by the Assad government. The activists say Homs on Tuesday suffered one of the strongest shelling attacks since pro-Assad forces besieging

India: ‘Well-Trained Terrorist’ Carried Out Israeli Diplomatic Attack

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India's home minister says Monday's bombing of an Israeli embassy car was carried out by a well-trained terrorist. The attack wounded an Israeli diplomat's wife and was carried out in one of New Delhi's most secure districts. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said Tuesday that the bomb went off within seconds of being planted on the

US to Resume Talks With North Korea

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U.S. officials will travel to China this month to hold talks with North Korea on nuclear issues, resuming a dialogue put on hold last year by the death of leader Kim Jong-Il. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy on North Korea, will meet with North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister