Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pakistan bomb ‘kills Zardari security chief’

Pakistan President Zardari said Bilal Sheikh was like a son to him.

The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say. Bilal Sheikh and two other aides died in the blast, which took place near an office of Mr Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Several more people are reported to have been wounded in the explosion. An active member of the PPP, Mr Sheikh was responsible for the safety of Mr Zardari’s son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Mr Sheikh had survived an assassination attempt near his home in Karachi about a year ago. The president’s residence is also in the city, which has been plagued by violent … Continue reading

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U.S. enjoys July 4 parades, picnics under watchful eyes of police

A 4th of July Independence Day parade in California.

People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New York, Washington and Atlanta under the close watch of police armed with hand-held chemical detectors, radiation scanners and camera surveillance, precautions sparked by the deadly April 15 bombings. A U.S. national security official said on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were unaware of any attack threat by militants timed to occur on July 4. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to … Continue reading

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Top Afghanistan female police officer killed

Lt Bibi who has been murdered in Afghanistan

A top female police officer has been shot dead in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials say. Lt Islam Bibi was ambushed by unknown attackers as she left her home in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a spokesman for Helmand police said. The commander of 32 female police officers, Lt Bibi, 37, was known as a role model for other women in the conservative province. Her death came as four girls were also killed in a roadside blast in Helmand. Lt Bibi was on a motorbike alongside her son-in-law when she was wounded in the gun attack. She later died in hospital, officials say. Like most Afghan women in rural areas of … Continue reading

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Syria opposition meets to find leader, show it is ready for arms

Syrian President Bashar al Assad who has been battling rebels who want him overthrown.

  Syria’s fractious opposition coalition met on Thursday under pressure to name a new leader and prove to its Western and Arab backers it can be trusted with advanced weapons to beat back a concerted offensive by President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition’s inability to unite has made Western countries reluctant to send weapons, even as Assad’s forces have seized the initiative in recent months and Washington and its European allies have vowed to aid his enemies. Rebels are under siege in the strategic city of Homs and trying to hold on to swathes of territory across the country, while the opposition in exile has been unable to exert authority on … Continue reading

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Bolivia set to complain to UN over Morales treatment by Europe

Bolivian President Evo Morales whose presidential jet was forced to divert to Vienna allegedly on orders of the United States.

Bolivia has accused European countries of an “act of aggression” for refusing to allow its presidential jet into their airspace, amid suggestions US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board. Bolivia said France, Italy, Spain and Portugal had blocked the plane from flying over their territory. President Evo Morales was flying back to Bolivia from Moscow when the plane was forced to stop in Vienna Tuesday. The jet was reportedly searched for Mr Snowden, wanted for leaking US secrets. He was apparently not on board and is still believed to be at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, from where he is seeking asylum in Bolivia and several other countries. Forcing the plane of … Continue reading

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Two held in British Columbia ‘Canada Day bomb plot’

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout talks to reporters Tuesday after charges were announced against two Surrey residents.

Two people have been arrested in British Columbia accused of plotting to plant a bomb outside the provincial legislature on Canada Day, police say. John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were self-radicalised and inspired by al-Qaeda, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The two Canadians from Surrey, British Columbia, were arrested on Monday, which was Canada’s national day. They are not believed to have been in contact with other militant groups. “Our investigation demonstrated that this was a domestic threat, without international linkages,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner James Malizia. The pair were arrested in the town of Abbotsford and are in custody in Surrey, police … Continue reading

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