Monthly Archives: October 2013

Saudi Arabia refuses to take UN Security Council seat

Syrian President Bashar al Assad who is accused by Saudi Arabia of perpetrating the killings of his own people, including with chemical weapons.

Saudi Arabia has rejected to take over its rotating seat on the UN Security Council and says the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the council’s 10 non-permanent members. In a statement made on Friday by the official Saudi press agency, the Saudi foreign ministry said the council had failed in its duties toward Syria. “The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. … Continue reading

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Afghan Special Forces commander defects to Taliban with guns

In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo, members of Afghan special forces head back to their center after attending in a live-fire training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan

Afghan army Special Forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team’s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday. Monsif Khan, who raided the supplies of his 20-man team in Kunar’s capital Asadabad over the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, is the first Special Forces commander to switch sides, joining the Hezb-e-Islami organization. “He sent some of his comrades on leave and paid others to go out sightseeing, and then escaped with up to 30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars and a Humvee,” said Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar. Zubair Sediqi, a spokesman … Continue reading

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US Senate cuts deal to narrowly avoid Govt going burst

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)  - the men who nearly sent the US Government down.

Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Senate announced a bipartisan agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing authority to avert an unprecedented default on US debt.  Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority and minority leaders, held talks on Wednesday morning as the Thursday deadline on the debt limit was fast approaching. McConnell (Ky.) presented the deal to his conference shortly afterwards. Republican senators quickly rallied around the proposal, which would fund the government through January 15 and extend the nation’s borrowing authority until February 7, setting the stage for further budget talks between the Senate and the House. Reid and McConnell announced the … Continue reading

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Obama and Congress search for way out of DC fiscal stalemate

US President Barack Obama pleads with congress over fiscal stalemate. How the man has aged in last six years!

With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, US President Barack Obama began inviting lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday for meetings to discuss the government shutdown and raising the debt limit. House Democrats will make the first visit later on Wednesday, and House Republican leaders will journey to the White House on Thursday as the search intensifies for a way to break an impasse that has worried markets and sparked warnings about the potential for economic havoc. Obama invited all House Republican members, but House Speaker John Boehner limited the group to party leaders and prominent committee chairs, lessening the exposure of Obama … Continue reading

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Rare rendition as US interrogates captured al Qaeda operative

Libyans in Tripoli point to the house of Al Qaeda suspect Al Libi after he was snatched outside it b y US Special Forces last Saturday..

The capture by US Special Forces of an alleged al Qaeda operative outside his home in Tripoli last weekend and his secret removal from Libya, was a rare instance of U.S. military involvement in “rendition,” the practice of grabbing terrorism suspects to face trial without an extradition proceeding and long the province of the CIA or the FBI. U.S. officials hailed the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, as an intelligence coup that will disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda to strengthen its franchise in North Africa. The raid in Tripoli came hours after U.S. Navy … Continue reading

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Australia clamps down on information about asylum seekers

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Wilson

Australia’s government said on Monday it would no longer provide regular information on asylum boats turned away or on emergencies at sea involving asylum seekers under a new military operation to curb people trafficking. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, accused by rights groups of imposing a gag on an issue which split voters in a September 7 election, said the government would no longer provide full briefings on border protection incidents to safeguard operational security and avoid alerting trafficking syndicates. “The government is taking control of our borders, not the people smugglers,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney. “We are going to stop the boats. That is our commitment to the Australian … Continue reading

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