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Honduras Prosecutor Seeks Charges Against Coup Leaders

The Honduran attorney general's office has issued "abuse of power" charges against military commanders involved in the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June. Prosecutors say the top leaders charged include Army Commander Romeo Vasquez Velasquez. The prosecutors say they presented the charges to the Supreme Court, which has three days to respond. The Supreme Court has sided with coup leaders in several rulings. The Honduran Congress is also reported to be considering amnesty for those involved in the coup, as well as for Mr.

Yemen Links Nigerian Airline Plotter With Radical Cleric

A top Yemeni official confirms that the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up an airplane last month met with an extremist Muslim cleric linked to other violence in the U.S.  But the official says that although the suspect lived for a while in Yemen, he was radicalized in Britain.  Yemen's deputy prime minister for defense and security affairs says the suspect met with Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric popular with extremist groups, late last year.   Rashad al-Alimi told reporters in Sana'a that Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is thought to have met with the American-Yemeni cleric in Sh

Guinea's Acting Military Leader Calls for Opposition Prime Minister

Guinea's acting military leader says political parties should immediately choose a new prime minister to help lead the country to free elections.

Chinese Cyber-Activists Lend Support to Democracy Activists in Iran

Cyber activists in China are throwing their support behind opposition protesters in Iran.

Suicide Bomber in Southern Russia Kills 6 Policemen

A suicide bombing in Russia's southern Dagestan republic Wednesday killed six policemen and wounded at least 16 other people. Authorities say a suicide bomber attempted to drive a car packed with explosives into a police station near Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala. Russian media report the blast left a two-meter wide crater, and that bomb fragments broke windows as far as 300 meters from the site. Dagestan borders Chechnya, where the long-running fight between Russian troops and Islamic separatists has spilled over into neighboring republics in the North Caucasus. Russian Presiden

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kashmir as Drones Attack in Northwest Pakistan

A suicide bomber has struck a military facility in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 11 others.  This is the second incident in the region within a month, fueling fears Taliban militants are expanding their subversive activities.  Meanwhile, tribal sources and local officials say that at least 13 suspected militants were killed and many others wounded in back to back U.S.

US Diplomat Returns to Honduras

A senior U.S. diplomat is in Honduras for more talks on reuniting the parties involved in the long-running stalemate over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster last year. U.S. officials say Craig Kelly, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, arrived in the Central American nation Tuesday to meet with the deposed leader and his rival, interim President Roberto Micheletti.  Kelly is also expected to see President-elect Porfirio Lobo, who takes office January 27.  Kelly was also in Honduras in November to discuss the stalemate. State Department spokesman P.J.

Al-Qaida Militants Retreat from Strategic Somali Town

Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants say they have made a tactical retreat from Dhusamareb, the central Somali town al-Shabab attacked three days ago in a bid to oust a rival Islamist group.  Al-Shabab views Dhusamareb as an important stepping stone in its quest to put all of Somalia under al-Shabab control. The spokesman of the Islamist militia Ahlu-Sunna Wal-Jamaa, Sheik Abdullahi Sheik Abu Yusuf, says al-Shabab was forced to withdraw from Dhusamareb after losing numerous fighters during Saturday's day-long battle.   Abu Yusuf says more than 100 bodies of al-Shabab fighters ha

Cuba Criticizes New US Arline Passenger Screening Rules

Cuba has described as "anti-terrorist paranoia" new U.S. rules that tighten security checks for airline passengers who travel from or through the Caribbean island and 13 other countries en route to the United States. Cuban authorities criticized the new security policies Monday in an article published in the state-run Granma newspaper.  The article noted that the United States accuses Cuba of supporting terrorism. The new security procedures follow the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound U.S.

Nigerian Official Says Botched Plane Attack Undermines Re-Branding Efforts

A Nigerian cabinet minister says Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s botched attempt to blow up a plane in the United States has “seriously” undermined the government’s efforts to improve the country’s image. Information minister Dora Akunyili called on President Barack Obama’s administration not to consider Nigeria as a state sponsor of terrorism. “That categorization is very unfair. We don’t deserve that. Nigeria as a country doesn’t have terrorist tendencies. It’s not in our culture. It’s not in our ways. It is not part of us. It is alien to us.

Security Threats Keep US, British Embassies Closed in Yemen

The United States and Britain are keeping their embassies in Yemen closed for a second day Monday because of threats from a local branch of the al-Qaida terrorist network.  It is not clear when they plan to reopen. France also closed its embassy in Yemen Monday.  The French foreign ministry made the announcement. U.S. President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism aide, John Brennan, told CNN Sunday the U.S.

Serbian Police Arrest Bosnian War Crimes Suspect

Serbian news reports say police in Belgrade have arrested a war crimes suspect wanted in connection with the killing of at least 19 civilians during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. Prosecutors identified the suspect as Darko Jankovic.  They say the killings took place in 1992 near the town of Zvornik in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.  No further details were released. Zvornik, located on the border with Serbia, was the scene of killings, torture and deportations early in the 1992-1995 war. The conflict claimed about 100,000 lives and forced some two million people to flee their homes.

Aerial Bombing Kills 22 Colombian Rebels

Colombian officials say a New Year's Day aerial bombing killed 22 rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The death toll reported Saturday is higher than earlier reports. Authorities say the early Friday morning attack took place in the province of Meta. Military officials now say ground troops captured eight rebels in the area, including five who were wounded.  Initial reports said 13 fighters had been captures. Meta is a lucrative cocaine-producing region for the rebels. The FARC has been fighting the Colombian government for four-and-a-half decades and

Iran Jams Satellites to Block Transmissions by VOA, BBC

Broadcasters in the United States and Britain say the Iranian government has been jamming international satellite transmissions into the country. Television programs by VOA's Persian News Network and a number of radio broadcasts by U.S.-supported news organizations have been affected by the Iranian jamming.  The interference has been aimed at a communications satellite system used by many countries. Iranian authorities have not responded to inquiries by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees all U.S.

Gunmen Kills 4 in Finnish Shopping Mall

Police in Finland say they have found a body they believe to be the gunman who killed five people in a shooting Thursday at a shopping center in the Finnish city of Espoo. Police superintendent Jukka Kaski said the suspect is 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo.  His body was found in an apartment in Espoo.  Police suspect suicide. Police say they also found a body believed to be that of Shkupolli's former girlfriend in another apartment.  She is identified as a Finnish woman born in 1967.  Officials say she had taken out a restraining order against the suspect.