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South Africa Arrests Businessman for Terrorism Threat Against U.K., U.S

February 13, 2011 by legitgov

South Africa Arrests Businessman for Terrorism Threat Against U.K., U.S. --Police: Businessman arrested in sting operation after investigation carried out in collaboration with London Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation 12 Feb 2011 South African police arrested a 64- year-old man on terrorism charges after he allegedly threatened to release biological agents in the U.K. and the U.S. "The suspect repeatedly, through letters and e-mails, demanded an amount of $4 million in exchange for not deploying a biological agent within the borders of the United Kingdom," the South African Police Service said in a statement on its website. "A similar threat was also made against the United States."

Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll 12 Feb 2011 Ron Paul emerged victorious in the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential straw poll, the second straight year that the libertarian-leaning Texas Congressman has won the vote. Paul took 30 percent while former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) placed second with 23 percent. No other candidate received double digit support.

Arrest Warrant for Pakistan's Ex-President

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Arrest Warrant for Pakistan's Ex-President 12 Feb 2011 An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued a warrant for the arrest of the country's former president, General Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 killing of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in a move that potentially reopens a bitter chapter from the country's troubled political history. Musharraf, a close ally of former U.S. President [sic] George W Bush, has lived in exile since 2008, dividing his time between the U.K. and Dubai, after he resigned to avoid a parliamentary impeachment by newly-elected politicians.

Three blasts rock southern Afghanistan

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Three blasts rock southern Afghanistan 12 Feb 2011 Three bomb explosions have rocked Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province and gun shots have crackled in the area amid rising insecurity in the war-hit country, officials say. There's no immediate report of possible casualties in the attacks, which reportedly targeted police headquarters in the volatile southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a Press TV correspondent reported Saturday.

Pakistanis demand death for Davis

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Pakistanis demand death for Davis 12 Feb 2011 Hundreds of protesters in the Pakistani city of Lahore have taken to the streets, demanding the death penalty for a US consulate employee, Raymond Davis, accused of killing two Pakistanis. Up to 500 people rallied outside the headquarters of Jamaat-e-Islami party in Lahore on Friday, shouting "Hang Davis," "US terrorism in Pakistan unacceptable" and "Friends of America are traitors." In Karachi, activists from Jamaat-e-Islami and its youth wing Pasban held two rallies, burning the US flag and chanting "Death to Davis, death to America," AFP reported Friday.

4 pipelines, railway blown up in Pakistan

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

4 pipelines, railway blown up in Pakistan 12 Feb 2011 Unknown militants [Blackwater] have blown up four gas pipelines and a railway track in southwestern and southern provinces of Pakistan amid a new surge of violence in the country. Officials told Press TV that the attackers exploded the gas pipelines in Dera Bugti district in Balochistan province early Saturday. “Four key gas pipelines of 20, 16 and 30-inch diameter were dynamited with explosives early Saturday morning in Sui and Peer Koh areas of Balochistan," a senior government official told Press TV.

Navy spent $450,000 of taxpayer money on Super Bowl flyover... when the stadium roof was shut

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Dumbf*ck City: Navy spent $450,000 of taxpayer money on Super Bowl flyover... when the stadium roof was shut 10 Feb 2011 The U.S. Navy has been criticised for spending almost half a million dollars of taxpayers' money on a flyover at the Super Bowl - while the stadium roof was closed. The estimated $450,000 expense was for four fighter jets that flew from Virginia to Texas and over the retractable roof of Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Anti-government protesters take to the streets of Yemen

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Anti-government protesters take to the streets of Yemen 12 Feb 2011 Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of Yemen, calling for an end to the rule of President Ali Abdallah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978. The demonstrators were also celebrating the resignation of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak on Friday. Police reportedly drove several thousand protesters away from Sanaa's main square on Friday night.

Algerian protesters clash with police as Egypt fervour spreads

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Algerian protesters clash with police as Egypt fervour spreads --400 arrested as officers enforce no-protest ban in Algiers 12 Feb 2011 Algerian police have beaten back around 2,000 demonstrators who tried to rally in central Algiers as aftershocks from the Egyptian revolution rumbled throughout the Middle East. Demonstrations in Algiers quickly turned to running clashes with police who had been ordered by the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to enforce a no-protest ban. Police took up positions throughout the centre of the city hours after the tumultuous scenes in Cairo, which are likely to have significant ramifications across the region.

US choppers violate Pakistan airspace

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

US choppers violate Pakistan airspace 11 Feb 2011 Two helicopters belonging to the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) force have penetrated Pakistani airspace in breach of the country's sovereignty. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Friday as NATO helicopters went in up to 200 meters inside Pakistani territory. They hovered over the border town of Chaman in Baluchistan Province, a Press TV correspondent reported. The NATO overflies spread panic among the locals, who remained inside their homes, fearing that the area, close to the Afghan border, would be bombed. [Why didn't the locals shoot them down?]

NATO truck torched in Pakistan

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

NATO truck torched in Pakistan 12 Feb 2011 Pakistani militants have attacked a NATO supply truck transporting fuel destined for US-led forces in Afghanistan, setting it on fire in Baluchistan Province. A group of unidentified armed men [Blackwater] opened fire on a tanker in Quetta -- the provincial capital of Baluchistan Province -- on Friday. No one was killed in the shootout, a Press TV correspondent reported. The assailants later torched the tanker and fled the scene.

Three civilians killed in Afghanistan

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Three civilians killed in Afghanistan 12 Feb 2011 Clashes between US-led NATO forces and Taliban militants have left three Afghan civilians dead and several others wounded in volatile eastern Afghanistan. Two women and a child were killed after militants ambushed a NATO vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar Province, a Press TV correspondent reported. Kunar Police Chief, Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Ziayee says the civilians were killed in Asmar district late on Friday.

Australians saw Habib tortured, says officer

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Australians saw Habib tortured, says officer 13 Feb 2011 Damning evidence from an Egyptian intelligence officer that names an Australian official who witnessed the torture of Sydney man Mamdouh Habib in Guantanamo Bay has been revealed as the trigger for a hushed-up government payout to Mr Habib and a high-level investigation. The explosive 840-word statement, released exclusively to The Sun-Herald, was shown to government solicitors three days before they suddenly paid Mr Habib an undisclosed amount to drop his lawsuit claiming Australia was complicit in his CIA-engineered kidnap in 2001, transfer to Egypt and subsequent torture.

WikiLeaks: US spied on NATO's top official

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

WikiLeaks: US spied on NATO's top official 11 Feb 2011 U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks appear to show that the United States has been snooping on NATO's top official using secret sources on his own staff. Confidential cables from the U.S. mission to NATO released Friday by WikiLeaks, the site that has published many secret U.S. government memos, said American diplomats received information on the private conversations of Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen from "a member of the NATO international staff." Instead of the staffer's name, the phrase "strictly protect" was used in one cable dated Sept. 10, 2009.

At 'tea party' urging, Republicans deepen spending cuts

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

At 'tea party' urging, Republicans deepen spending cuts --Hundreds of federal programs would be cut in a $61-billion savings package compiled by House Republicans. Defense and veterans' programs would be exempt. 11 Feb 2011 House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of government programs Friday night in a $61-billion savings package they toughened at the demand of "tea party"-backed conservatives. From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were untouched -- and some were eliminated -- in the measure, which is expected to reach the floor for a vote next week. In contrast, spending on defense and veterans' programs were protected.

Iraq suicide bombing kills 38

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Iraq suicide bombing kills 38 12 Feb 2011 At least 38 people were killed and 74 others wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber stepped onto a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in Iraq and detonated himself, police officials said. The attack -- which occurred between Baghdad and Samarra -- was the second targeting pilgrims in the last three days. The suicide bomber detonated at least 10 kilograms of explosives concealed in his vest, Samarra police officials said.

Egypt opposition calls for civilian rule

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Egypt opposition calls for civilian rule 11 Feb 2011 The main opposition party in Egypt has called on the military to hand over power to a civilian-led government, following the transfer of power from Hosni Mubarak to a high military council. The Muslim Brotherhood also called for the establishment of a constitution that "guarantees freedom and human rights." The call came after Mubarak handed power over to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Tantawi.

Amnesty condemns Guantanamo UK case

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Amnesty condemns Guantanamo UK case 11 Feb 2011 The continued holding of the last British resident at Guantanamo Bay is making a "mockery of justice", human rights campaigners have said. Shaker Aamer, 43, will have been kept without charge at the US detention camp for nine years on Sunday. Amnesty International has renewed calls for him to be tried or released from what the group calls his "cruel limbo".

Mubarak assets frozen by Swiss government

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Mubarak assets frozen by Swiss government 11 Feb 2011 Switzerland's government moved Friday to freeze any assets in the country's banks that might belong to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or his family, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday. Mubarak ended his 30-year reign Friday, stepping down following 18 days of protests against his rule. An official statement from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said the Swiss cabinet had frozen all funds belong to Mubarak or "his circles."

Nurse Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Rate Hike

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Nurse Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Rate Hike By Rose Ann DeMoro 03 Feb 2011 People power works, and not just in Egypt. Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve for the unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families. The announcement coincided with announced plans by nurses, patients, and consumer advocates who stormed Blue Shield's posh California corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

Iran congratulates Egyptians on victory

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Iran congratulates Egyptians on victory 11 Feb 2011 Iran's Foreign Ministry has congratulated the Egyptian people on their victory against the three-decade rule of President Hosni Mubarak. "We congratulate the great nation of Egypt on this victory and we share their happiness," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a statement on Friday.

Obama tells corporate leaders US will be "best place to do business"

February 12, 2011 by legitgov

Obama tells corporate leaders US will be "best place to do business" --The speech was remarkable only in so far as it underscored the nakedness of the Obama administration's servitude to the corporate elite. By Jerry White 08 Feb 2011 President Obama spoke at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC Monday, assuring the crowd of top executives that his administration was committed to making "America the best place to do business." In his remarks, he outlined a vision in which social programs are cut to the bone in order to tailor the government entirely to the profit interests of US corporations... It was the president's latest in a series of moves even further to the right since the Democratic debacle in last year's midterm elections.

Hundreds of dead birds discovered in Lake Charles

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Hundreds of dead birds discovered in Lake Charles 10 Feb 2011 The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is trying to figure out what caused the death of hundreds of birds in south Lake Charles. The birds were discovered on Thursday morning. More than 100 birds were scattered across Lake Street between Gauthier and Tank Farm Road; another hundred were found on Lincoln Road, about a mile away. Kori Legleu, a biologist with Wildlife and Fisheries, identified the birds as Tree Swallows, a kind of bird that travels in tight flocks.

Ex-CIA staffer alleges agency coverup in toxin exposure case

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Ex-CIA staffer alleges agency coverup in toxin exposure case --Book: Family experienced, during and after their exposure, illness and a campaign of harassment and surveillance 'carried out by the CIA' 11 Feb 2011 A former CIA security officer is alleging that the agency is unjustifiably invoking a "state secrets" claim to cover up evidence that he and his family suffered illnesses as a result of exposure to environmental contamination at an agency facility. Kevin Shipp, a counterterrorism consultant now employed by a firm with government contracts, said that the agency also has sought to prevent him from publicizing his ordeal by heavily redacting the manuscript he hopes to publish.

Vice president: Mubarak steps down

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Vice president: Mubarak steps down 11 Feb 2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed over power to the army, his deputy Omar Suleiman announced Friday in a televised address. Mubarak "has decided to leave the post of president of the republic and has tasked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to manage the state's affairs," Suleiman said. Cairo erupted with joyful dancing, singing and cries of "Allahu Akbar" [God is Greatest] as Mubarak's 30-year rule comes to an end following more than two weeks of mass protests.

Mubarak turns power over to military

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Mubarak turns power over to military 11 Feb 2011 Egypt's vice president says Hosni Mubarak has handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations. In a brief announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had "abandoned the presidency," handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Tantawi. The transition means that Egypt, which has been under a state of emergency for the past 30 years, will continue to be ruled by the military.

Mubarak vigilantes shoot protesters

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Mubarak vigilantes shoot protesters 11 Feb 2011 The Mubarak regime-commissioned vigilantes have opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Egypt in a move unprecedented over the past couple of days. The shooting in El-Kharga came as protestors took over several government buildings in major cities across Egypt on Friday. The last time that live bullets were used against protesters was on Wednesday, when six protesters were killed and hundreds of others were injured -- some of them critically.

Mubarak steps down after 3 decades

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Mubarak steps down after 3 decades 11 Feb 2011 Egyptian vice President Omar Suleiman says President Hosni Mubarak has "abandoned the presidency," after millions of Egyptians demonstrated for 18 days. In a brief televised announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had "abandoned the presidency" handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The transition of power to the military comes while Mubarak, Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq are all former military men. Analysts believe despite the transition Mubarak would still remain in power.

Millions to march to Mubarak's palace

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

Millions to march to Mubarak's palace 11 Feb 2011 Millions of anti-government protesters are expected to march on the presidential palace in Cairo after Hosni Mubarak refused to step down amid massive protests. Meanwhile, thousands of anti-government protesters have already gathered outside the presidential palace in the suburban neighborhood of Heliopolis in the capital's northeast. Egypt's state television building in Cairo has also been surrounded by outraged demonstrators demanding Mubarak's immediate resignation.

America on alert over terrorism threat

February 11, 2011 by legitgov

America on alert over terrorism threat 11 Feb 2011 The threat of terrorism against the US was possibly at its highest level since the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to a grim assessment by the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] remained at the core of concerns, particularly on the Arabian Peninsula and via US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, now based in Yemen. But al-Qaeda-inspired local groups and homegrown radicals were augmenting that threat, Ms Napolitano said.

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