Friday, February 22, 2008


NATO says 2 Taliban commanders killed Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:10am
Afghan and NATO-led troops killed two regional Taliban commanders in southern Afghanistan, and an explosion in the same province claimed the life of a British soldier, officials said Thursday. Full Story

Chad rebels deny negotiations with government Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:11am
Rebels opposed to Chad's President Idriss Deby on Thursday denied they were holding talks with the government, contradicting a claim by the foreign minister that negotiations were underway. Full Story
U.S. missile strikes spy satellite Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:12am
A missile interceptor launched from a U.S. Navy warship struck a dying American spy satellite orbiting 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon announced. Full Story
Iraq's Sadr expected to extend militia truce: sources Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:22am
Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is expected to extend a six-month ceasefire by his Mehdi Army militia, two senior officials in his movement confirmed for the first time on Thursday. Full Story
Pakistans Victors May Lack Strength to Oust Musharraf Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:33am
This weeks election will leave President Pervez Musharraf weakened in his post, but continuing returns and haggling over the new government on Wednesday showed his opponents likely to fall short of the numbers needed to impeach him. Full Story
Angry Serbs plan Kosovo protest Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 8:08am
Hundreds of thousands of Serbs are expected to join a rally in Belgrade to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence over the weekend. Schools are closed for the day and the rail network is providing free travel. A large stage has been erected outside parliament for an address by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica. Full Story
Britain says U.S. rendition flights used base Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 9:05am
Two U.S. planes carrying terrorism suspects refueled at a U.S. base on British-ruled Diego Garcia in 2002, Britain said on Thursday, contradicting earlier assurances. Full Story
Sri Lanka says kills 92 Tiger rebels in push north Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 9:55am
Sri Lankan troops have killed 92 rebels in the latest offensive into their northern stronghold, the island's defence ministry said on Thursday. Full Story
E Timor govt asks for emergency extension Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:11am
East Timor's Government has asked the acting president to extend by 30 days a state of emergency triggered by attacks on the nation's top two leaders. Full Story
30 Taliban killed in joint operation Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:52am
Thirty Taliban militants were killed in a joint Afghan and foreign special forces operation backed by air support in southern Helmand province, the defence ministry said on Thursday. Full Story
332 Die in Custody Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:25am
More than 330 people have died in police custody in the Indian portion of Kashmir since the outbreak of an Islamic insurgency 18 years ago, according to official police figures released for the first time. Full Story
UK apology over rendition flights Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:35am
David Miliband has admitted two US 'extraordinary rendition' flights landed on UK territory in 2002. The foreign secretary said in both cases US planes refuelled on the UK dependent territory of Diego Garcia. He said he was "very sorry" to have to say that previous denials made in "good faith" were now having to be corrected. Full Story
Canada says south Afghan mission will end in 2011 Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:43am
Canada's minority Conservative government, bowing to a key opposition demand, said on Thursday its military mission in southern Afghanistan would end in 2011 and would not be extended. Full Story
Call to scrap children's database Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:44am
The government faces calls to scrap a database containing the details of every child in England after a report said it could never be secure. The report, by accountants Deloitte and Touche, was ordered after last year's missing data discs crisis. Ministers say they accept its call for "further controls" on the #224m ContactPoint child protection system. Full Story
Spain on high alert ahead of poll Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:48am
Spain has been placed on maximum terror alert ahead of official campaigning for the general election scheduled for 9 March, the interior ministry said. Security forces have been mobilised to protect rallies, party headquarters, shopping centres and other sites. Full Story
Protesters attack U.S. embassy in Belgrade Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 12:55pm
More than 300 protesters attacked the U.S. embassy in Belgrade with sticks and metal bars on Thursday, trying to break down windows and doors in protest against independence for Kosovo. Full Story
Magnitude-6.2 quake hits Norway Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 2:38pm
A magnitude-6.2 earthquake, the largest ever recorded on Norwegian territory, hit off the Arctic Svalbard islands early Thursday, the national seismic monitoring center said. No casualties or damage were reported. The quake could have been catastrophic if it had hit a more densely populated area, said Conrad Lindholm, senior researcher of the seismic institute NORSAR. Full Story
Sarkozy's son running for office Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 2:47pm
President Nicolas Sarkozy's 21-year-old son Jean, whose voice, vernacular and glad-handing verve eerily resembles those of his father, took a big step in that direction Wednesday by launching a bid for local office. Jean Sarkozy is running for a seat in the chic Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine, the same town where his father launched his political career more than three decades ago  at age 22  and later served as mayor for 19 years. Full Story
PML-N, PPP to form coalition govt in Pakistan Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:05pm
Ending the suspense on government formation in Pakistan, the two main opposition parties on Thursday night announced they would form a new ruling coalition but did not name any Prime Ministerial candidate. The announcement of the two parties formally joining hands was made after a hectic two-hour negotiations between PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif after they overcame differences on some key issues. Full Story
New South Korean Leader Cleared in Fraud Inquiry Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:05pm
A special prosecutor on Thursday cleared President-elect Lee Myung-bak of South Korea of fraud accusations, four days before his inauguration. President-elect Lee Myung-bak will be sworn in Monday. The investigation had tainted Mr. Lees landslide victory on Dec. 19. Full Story
FBI Joins East Timor Probe Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:05pm
Three FBI agents arrived in East Timor on Wednesday to join the investigation into attacks last week on the tiny nation's president and prime minister. Other international police officers are already investigating the assassination attempts, which left President Jose Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, critically injured. Full Story
Muslims Protest Cartoons of Muhammad in Indonesia Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:06pm
Around 200 Muslims rallied outside the Danish embassy in Indonesia on Wednesday to protest the reprinting of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers. Full Story
Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

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