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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.