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US Files New Charges Against Alleged Somali Pirate Negotiator

A man accused of negotiating a ransom on behalf of Somali pirates is facing new charges from U.S. federal prosecutors.

Mohammed Saaili Shibin was indicted this week in U.S. District Court on charges of piracy and conspiracy to commit hostage taking.

The indictment, made public Thursday, says Shibin extracted a ransom from the owners of a German-owned ship hijacked by Somali pirates last year. The owners reportedly paid $5.5 million for the release of the ship, the Marida Marguerite, and its 22 crew members.

39 Killed in Escalating Karachi Violence

Pakistani authorities say at least 39 people have died in two days of political and gang-related warfare in Karachi, continuing a disturbing trend of escalating violence in the southern port city.

Police chief Saud Mirza said 17 people were killed Wednesday and 22 others on Thursday. One of the victims was former lawmaker Waja Kareem Dad from the ruling Pakistan People's Party. Officials also say some of the victims showed signs of torture.

Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Bases in Northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes have attacked targets of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq.

They hit bases, anti-aircraft defenses and rebel shelters in the Kandil and Zap regions.

Wednesday's military strikes came hours after a deadly assault by PKK rebels killed eight Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near the Turkey-Iraq border.

Turkish and Kurdish media reports, citing unidentified military sources, reported the air strikes. If officially confirmed, the raids would be Turkey's first cross border offensive in a year.

Antiterrorism Awareness, Week Three Theme, Active Shooter -- What is an Active Shooter?

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Nine Turks Killed in Kurdish Rebel Ambush

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz has vowed a strong retaliation against the Kurdistan Workers Party after Kurdish rebels launched a deadly attack on Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near Turkey's border with Iraq.

The defense minister says eight Turkish soldiers and a village guard were killed Wednesday when their military convoy was ambushed by the PKK rebels in the country's southeast. Four roadside bombs exploded as a Turkish military convoy passed by. Eleven Turkish soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

Lebanon Tribunal Releases Indictment in Former PM’s Murder

The U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has released its indictment against the four Hezbollah members who prosecutors say carried out the attack.

The court said Wednesday it has confirmed the charges against the suspects and made the indictment public after prosecutors showed there is sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial.

Mexican Troops Kill 7 Suspected Drug Traffickers

Authorities in Mexico say seven suspected drug traffickers have been killed in a gunfight with army troops in the western state of Michoacan.

News reports say the gunbattle erupted early Tuesday in the town of Tacambaro, as troops patrolled the area and encountered the traffickers. Tacambaro is south of the state capital, Morelia.

Michoacan is the base for the drug cartel known as La Familia and has been the site of bloody, drug-related violence. It is also the region where a drug gang calling itself "Knights Templar" has emerged.

China Launches Police Crackdown in Xinjiang

Security forces have launched a two-month crackdown in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang in response to a string of deadly incidents.

Officials say they have established dozens of police checkpoints throughout Xinjiang, along with around-the-clock street patrols in city squares, bus and train stations and shopping centers.

The security crackdown coincides with the annual China-Eurasia Expo, which will be staged in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi in September.

US Sanctions Southeast Asian Terror Leaders

U.S. officials are taking more steps to cut off funding for a Southeast Asian-based terror group with links to al-Qaida.

The U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday announced sanctions against three leaders of Jemaah Islamiya , prohibiting anyone in the United States from having financial dealings with them and freezing any U.S.-based assets.

One of the designated terror leaders is Umar Patek, a senior JI member suspected of playing a key role in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, mostly Westerners.