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Pirates Hijack Vessel Near Somalia

The European Union's anti-piracy naval force says Somali pirates have hijacked a North Korean-flagged cargo ship. The EU force says hijackers seized the MV Rim Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Yemeni coast.  In a statement, the EU force says the vessel has altered course and is now heading towards the Somali basin. The statement says investigators are not certain how many crew members are on board the Libyan-owned ship, and do not know the nationalities of crew members.

US Troops Among Those Killed in Pakistan Blast

Three American soldiers were among eight people killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in northwestern Pakistan.  Taliban militants are said to have claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities say a security convoy carrying five American military personnel was the target of the attack in the Lower Dir District.  The northwestern Pakistani region is a well-known former stronghold of the Taliban.   U.S.

US, Russian Negotiators Near New Nuclear Treaty

A senior U.S. official says American and Russian negotiators meeting in Geneva are closing in on a deal for a key nuclear disarmament treaty, and the United States Senate would likely ratify it.   U.S.

US Terror Suspects in Pakistan Allege FBI Torture

Five American terrorism suspects detained in Pakistan have declared their innocence and say they have been tortured by U.S. investigators and Pakistani police in jail. As the five suspects arrived in a police van for court Tuesday in the eastern city of Sargodha, one of the suspects tossed a scrap of paper to reporters. The suspects wrote on the paper that U.S. FBI and Pakistani police have tortured them, and that they are being framed.  The paper also said the police are keeping the suspects away from their families and the media. U.S.

Violence Marks Somali Government's Year Anniversary

January 29 was supposed to have been a day of celebration. In the sprawling presidential compound known as Villa Somalia, preparations had been made to mark the one-year anniversary of the new transitional government with poetry readings and a military parade.

Iran to Execute 9 Protesters for Post-Election Unrest

A senior Iranian judiciary official says Iran will soon execute nine more convicted rioters for their connections to the unrest that erupted after the country's disputed presidential election in June. The official, Ebrahim Raisi, is quoted by the Fars News agency, as saying the nine, along with two people were who executed last week, were linked to anti-revolutionary groups. Iranian authorities said opposition activists Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged last week.  Their executions were the first of Iranian dissidents since protests erupted over last June's dispu

China Steps Up Criticism of US-Taiwan Arms Sale

China has stepped up its criticism of the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. The $6.4-billion arms package -- announced Friday -- has already prompted Beijing to suspend military exchanges and security talks with Washington, and threaten sanctions against U.S.

Rebel Leader Claims Readiness to Liberate Congolese

The leader of the Patriotic Front for the Liberation of Congo armed group says President Joseph Kabila’s government has failed to keep its promise and has vowed to liberate the Democratic Republic of Congo soon. General Gadi Ngabo says he will continue the struggle of former Congolese renegade army general Laurent Nkunda. “I’m General Ngabo Gadi (and) I want to liberate Congo because Congo has problems,” he said. Congo’s media reported that Emmanuel Msengiyumva has abandoned the national army (FARDC) to join forces with Ngabo in anticipation of their rebellion. Ngabo said the reneg

Russia, Libya Sign $1.8 Billion Arms Deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr.

Thai Army's Show of Force Seen as Warning to Supporters of Former PM

Political tensions are again on the rise in Thailand as the date for a court verdict concerning former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra nears.  Rumors of a military coup continue to sweep the country, despite denials by senior commanders. Several gatherings of military leaders in recent days have added to political tensions in Thailand. Political analysts here say the army appears concerned about possible violence ahead of a court verdict involving former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Over recent days, Bangkok news media have been flooded with speculation of a possible coup.

Guinea's Military Leader Wants Army to Support Transitional Government

Guinea's acting military leader is calling on soldiers to support the country's new transitional government which is meant to organize elections in June. After more than one year of military rule in Guinea, General Sekouba Konate says it is time the army return to its proper function and support civilians working toward new elections. General Konate says the army's mission is to defend the territorial integrity of the nation, to safeguard democracy, and to protect the people. General Konate took power in December when military leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara was shot by the former

Yanukovich Seen as Front-Runner in Ukraine Presidential Election

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich faces current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a presidential runoff February 7.  Mr. Yanukovich, who lost the last presidential elections in 2004, but is now seen as the front-runner. He is the leader of the powerful "Party of Regions" in the Ukrainian parliament. University of Toronto Ukrainian expert Frank Sysyn says the party is composed of various business interests in the south and east of Ukraine.

Burmese Rebel Group Denies Responsibility for Tuesday Blasts

A prominent ethnic rebel group in Burma has rejected the government's accusation that its members are responsible for two bomb explosions in a central town Tuesday. The Karen National Union issued a statement Tuesday "categorically" denying any involvement in the blasts in the town of Kyaukkyi.  The group accuses Burma's military authorities of instigating violence in order to win the 2010 election.   Burma's state-run media reported Wednesday that authorities had arrested 11 people for allegedly planning terrorist attacks in the Rangoon area.  A report in The New Light of Myanmar

Iran Executes Dissidents for Plotting Overthrow of Islamic Establishment

Iranian media report that two men have been executed, one of whom was put on trial following post-election unrest last year.  But human-rights groups and the man's lawyer say he was in prison before the protests began.  State media announced the executions of the two men early Thursday. The two are identified as Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour.  The semi-official ISNA news service and pro-government sources linked the men with nine others sentenced to death in connection with the unrest that followed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year.

British Court Rules Freezing Terror Suspects' Assets 'Unlawful'

Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government orders freezing the assets of terror suspects are unlawful.