Wednesday, January 23, 2013

World News Briefs -- January 23, 2013 (Evening Edition)

Clinton Angrily Defends Handling Of Benghazi Attack -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday angrily defended her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any effort to mislead the American people.

The attack by armed militants that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans threatens to stain Clinton's legacy as secretary of state and could cast a longer shadow should she decide to make White House run in 2016.

By turns emotional and fierce, Clinton choked up at a congressional hearing as she spoke of comforting the victims' families and grew angry when a Republican senator accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the Benghazi incident stemmed from a protest.

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U.S. renews call for resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Netanyahu in coalition talks after narrow win.

Syrian Palestinians fear three-way fight for control of refugee camps.

Deadly car bombings strike around Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Suicide bomber kills 20 inside Iraqi Shi'ite mosque: police.

Israel poll: Netanyahu vows broad coalition after narrow win. Israeli voters punish Netanyahu but keep him in power.

Jordanians vote in parliamentary polls. Jordan votes in poll boycotted by main Islamist party.

Russia's Lavrov says Beirut flights not Syria evacuation.

Russia warns Israel, West against attack on Iran.

EU says Iran stalling on nuclear talks.

Iran nuclear power plant stokes worries closer to home, too.

Iran currency falls further on concerns over bank.

Kuwaiti police use stun grenades to disperse protesters.


China could try to block eventual Korean unification, report says.

U.N. Security Council slams North Korea, expands sanctions.

North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after U.N. rebuke. Defiant North Korea ups nuclear rhetoric.

N.Korea built rocket 'mostly on its own'.

Japanese lawmaker in China for talks on island dispute.

Philippines taking South China Sea fight to tribunal. China reiterates islands claim after Philippine UN move.

Delhi gang rape: Panel backs reforming trials.

NZ to eradicate pet cats? Purr-ish the thought!


Egypt opposition leader aims to break Islamist dominance.

Novice Sudanese journalists of Nuba Reports website tell story of homeland’s troubles.

Witness describes killings by Malian army. Army seals off Mali town after reports of ethnic reprisals.

French and Malian troops push northward.

North Nigeria violence leaves many dead. Nigerian militants suspected of Maiduguri beheadings.

Algeria’s prime minister describes militant attack, defends intervention.

US offers support in hunt for Algerian attackers.

South Sudan defends army dismissals.

Kenya power-sharing plan sparks conflict.

South African government not threatening mining firms: Zuma.


IMF says Europe curbing global economy; hopeful on 2014.

Jailed Pussy Riot member complains of "death threats".

Cameron promises Britons straight choice on EU exit.

Two million quit Britain in 'talent drain'.

France ready to 'roll out the red carpet' for British exit from EU.

Prosecutors call for investigation on Greek deficit.

Mafia war brewing As second Russian mob boss falls in drive-by shooting.


Venezuela's vice president says he's target of assassination plot.

As Colombia aims for peace, some see the guerrillas diversifying.

Clinton again takes responsibility in Benghazi attack.

Nebraska governor OKs Keystone pipeline route, but US delays decision.

Venezuelan government: Hugo Chavez recovering.

Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled.

Chile water shortage hits Santiago from Maipo river.

U.S. midwest remains locked in deep freeze.


Top Al Qaeda commander killed for the THIRD time: U.S air strike 'finally' gets terror boss in Yemen.

U.S. drone kills six suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen: sources.

Some Algeria attackers are placed at Benghazi.

Concern grows over apparent alignment between al-Qaida central, Africa groups.

Pentagon: Al Qaeda's ally is top suspect in Algeria attack.


World economy set for slightly brighter year: Reuters polls.

Apple revenue misses again, iPhone disappoints.

Google's $50bn year: search giant reports record revenues.

RIM launches BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

'Tea cartel' formed by biggest producing nations.

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