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Greens protest Sweden's missile exports to Saudis

LONDON — Sweden is under assault from its opposition parties for exporting missiles and other munitions to Saudi Arabia. Officials said the Swedish government has approved an acceleration of military exports to Saudi Arabia in 2010. They said Swedish air and naval munitions arrived in Saudi Arabia throughout the first half of this year. “They […]

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Drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan disrupted Euro-terror plots

Drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan disrupted Euro-terror plots

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. intelligence officials said Al Qaida’s No. 3 official was involved in planning for a major terrorist attack in Europe but the planning was disrupted by stepped-up drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More than 10 drone strikes were carried out over the past week in remote regions of Pakistan […]

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Peace prize winner meets tech firms in Europe, China over suppression of dissent in Iran

WorldTribune.com LONDON — A leading European company has acknowledged that its technology was exploited by Teheran to track and harass the pro-democracy opposition. As a result, Nokia Siemens said it would withdraw from Iran. The statement took place after Nokia executives met Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi. Ms. Ebadi was said to have outlined […]

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China's first peace prize infuriates its ruling class

China's first peace prize infuriates its ruling class

BEIJING – China has long wanted a Nobel prize. Now that it has one, its leaders are furious. The Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to imprisoned democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Friday, lending encouragement to China’s dissident community and sending a rebuke to the authoritarian government, which sharply condemned the award. In naming Liu, […]

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Nuggets of common sense at the UN

Nuggets of common sense at the UN

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In the midst of a fractious and sometimes near farcical General Assembly debate, there a have been surprisingly candid and common sense comments from the marble rostrum of the United Nations. Though the perennial political, economic, security and humanitarian themes have characterized discussions, all seemingly packaged in a […]

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Intel reports Al Qaida terror plot targeting Europe

Intel reports Al Qaida terror plot targeting Europe

LONDON – Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to launch Mumbai-style terrorist attacks in Britain, France and Germany, reports said Wednesday. Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, Britain’s Sky News television reported, citing intelligence sources. It was “one of the most serious […]

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Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

Georgia, on the rebound, challenges Moscow to take down 'new Iron Curtain'

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two years after an invasion, the threat of annihilation and partial occupation by neighboring Russia, the small but spunky Georgian Republic has not only survived but thrived and succeeded against all odds.  That was the upbeat assessment of Georgia’s once-embattled President Mikheil Saakashvili in an impressive and stirring […]

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Israeli leaders condemn Clinton immigrant comments

JERUSALEM – Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made this week calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace. Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this […]

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Iran diplomats defect in Europe over regime's crackdown on uprising

Iran diplomats defect in Europe over regime's crackdown on uprising

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s foreign ministry on Tuesday criticized two Iranian diplomats who defected this month in Europe, saying they chose to stay abroad for “personal interests.” The two diplomats have themselves said their decisions were politically motivated and they left their positions because of the government’s crackdown on citizens protesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2009 […]

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Greece agrees to sell its leading shipyard to the United Arab Emirates

Greece agrees to sell its leading shipyard to the United Arab Emirates

ATHENS — Greece has approved the sale of its main shipyard to the United Arab Emirates. The Greek Defense Ministry said the UAE firm Abu Dhabi Mar would acquire Hellenic Shipyards. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi would acquire 75 percent of Hellenic from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. “The Greek government, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Abu […]