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CLASHES IN BANGLADESH KILL 44

Fighting Starts After Islamist Sentenced to Death
By Harold Hutchison

A wave of violence erupted in Bangladesh after a court sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death. Sayedee is a top opposition leader in the country, which won a 1971 war for independence against Pakistan.

Sayedee was convicted of a number of crimes, including mass killings and rape, committed during that war. At least 44 people have been killed in the fighting, which occurred during a nationwide shutdown called by Sayedee's party, Jamaat-e-Islami, which is demanding he be released.

NEW CHICOM FRIGATE LAUNCHED

Lead Jiangdao-class Vessel Launched Days After Cyberattack Controversy
By Harold Hutchison

The ChiComs launched their first stealth frigate, the Type 56 Jiangdao-class, as it continues its naval modernization. The ship, which displaces 1,440 tons, is just part of the country’s naval buildup, which includes the Liaoning, a Kuznetsov-class carrier.

15 ISLAMISTS WHACKED!

French, Malian Troops Report Body Count in Fighting
By Harold Hutchison

French and Malian troops reportedly have killed 15 Islamist rebels during the fighting in the African country’s northern region on Thursday. Two French and four Malian troops were wounded during the day’s conflict.

The battles raged near the city of Gao, which still has what French authorities describe as “pockets of instability” despite being liberated from the Islamist rebels who took over large portions of northern Mali in 2012. French forces began an offensive in January.

HEAVY COMBAT NEAR GAO

Malian, French Troops Continue to Repel Assaults
By Harold Hutchison

French and Malian troops have held off attacks by the Islamist rebels around the northern Malian city of Gao. The attacks come since the city was first re-taken from the insurgency in January.

According to a report by VOA News, Lieutenant Colonel Diarran Koné has said the city has been taken, but that “pockets of insecurity” remain. A resident of Gao who requested anonymity told VOA that many families are staying in their homes to wait out the fighting, the latest round of which started at 11:30 PM Wednesday.

PAKISTANI TROOPS KILL 4 MILITANTS

Suspected of Involvement in Bombing that Killed Dozens
By Harold Hutchison

Pakistani authorities reported killing four militants suspected of involvement in a bombing that left 89 people dead. The news came as the first funerals for victims of the attack began.

Pakistani authorities also reported rounding up seven other militants, including the suspected mastermind of the attack. The bombings touched off days of protests from Shi’ite Muslims, demanding that the Pakistani government do more to prevent sectarian violence.

FRENCH TOURISTS TAKEN HOSTAGE!

Seven People, Including Four Children, Held
By Harold Hutchison

Seven French tourists in Cameroon have been kidnapped by terrorists from Nigeria. The terrorist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for the attack.

PAKISTAN TURNING TO IRAN?

Nuclear-Armed State Seeks Gas Pipeline from Neighbor
By Harold Hutchison

In a potentially frightening development, Pakistan has held talks with Iran to discuss building a $1.5 billion gas pipleline. The talks come despite efforts to isolate Iran over its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.

The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has in the past engaged in Holocaust denial as well as calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. Pakistan, which joined the “nuclear club” in 1998 with a series of nuclear weapons tests, is estimated to have over a hundred nuclear weapons.

COULD SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN GO NUCLEAR?

North Korean Test Reverberates Around Region
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of North Korea’s 12 February nuclear test, more voices in South Korea and Japan are suggesting that both nations acquire nuclear weapons of their own.

Shintaro Ishihara, a former governor of Tokyo and a member of the Diet, is among those voices calling for Japan to re-consider its refusal to develop nuclear weapons of its own. Ishihara believes that the weapons are needed to counter those from China and North Korea.

FORT HOOD HERO: “OBAMA BETRAYED US”

Sgt. Munley Part of Suit
By Harold Hutchison

Sgt Kimberly Munley, who was one of two cops who engaged and brought down Nidal Hasan, the man suspected of opening fire on Soldiers at Fort Hood, has accused Barack Obama of betraying the victims of the attack, joining a lawsuit filed this past November by a number of victims of the attack in November, 2009.

"Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of," she said in an ABC interview with Diane Sawyer. "In fact they've been neglected."

WAR BETWEEN THE SUDANS?

Sudan Masses Troops On Border
By Harold Hutchison

The Republic of South Sudan accused Sudan of massing troops on the border between the two countries. The accusation comes shortly after an attack on cattle keepers that left 100 people dead.

Zero

ZERO.

That's how many times President Obama mentioned Benghazi in last night's State of the Union address.

A U.S. Ambassador and heroic Navy SEALs were left to die and we still have the Administration lying, the Defense Secretary making excuses, and the Secretary of State testifying to Congress "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

When it comes to telling the truth about Benghazi and living up to his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief, Obama has abandoned his post. He's MIA on Benghazi.

RUSSIA STILL SELLING ARMS TO ASSAD

Syrian Dictator Gets a Lifeline from Moscow
By Harold Hutchison

Russia is still selling weapons to the regime of Syrian dictator Bashir Assad, claiming that the weapons cannot be used for offense. The head of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaikin, claimed that the company is merely fulfilling existing contracts, claiming that due to a lack of UN sanctions, the sales were legal.

The Syrian Civil War has cost over 60,000 people their lives, and has also created a major refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands have fled the fighting.

ISLAMIST COUNTER-ATTACK REPULSED!

French, Malian Troops Hold Gao
By Harold Hutchison

French and Malian troops held Gao despite a counter-attack by Islamist rebels who had earlier been driven away from the city in Northern Mali.

According to a report from VOA News, the attack came two weeks after French and Malian troops liberated the city. The attack on Sunday was preceded by murder-suicide bombings the previous two days.

POLIO CLINICS TARGETED!

Gunmen Kill Nine In Attacks
By Harold Hutchison

Polio clinics in the northern Nigerian city of Kano were attacked by gunmen, leaving nine people dead.

The attackers, using motorcycles, attacked two locations where vaccinations against the deadly disease were being given. Polio causes paralysis – most famously in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1920s.

Some Moslem clerics in the area have denounced the anti-polio campaign as being harmful to Moslems. The claims have also included charges that the vaccinations would sterilize Moslem children.

PANETTA EXPLAINS BENGHAZI

Claims Time, Distance, Factors in Response
By Harold Hutchison

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed that time and distance considerations had an effect on the response – or lack thereof – to the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.