Saturday, February 9, 2013

World News Briefs -- February 9, 2013

Syrian Warplanes Strike Damascus Outskirts -- Al Jazeera

Suburbs bombarded and clashes reported as government troops try to push back rebels pressing in on the capital.

Syrian warplanes have launched air strikes on the outskirts of Damascus, as clashes erupted between government troops and rebels, activists say.

Air raids on Saturday hit the suburb of Zamalka to the east, Douma to the northeast, and there were multiple strikes on the Eastern Ghouta region that runs along the eastern edge of the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Syrian rebels shut down key Damascus highway.

Lebanon may need camps for flood of Syrian refugees: U.N.

Deadly rocket attack on Iranian exile camp in Iraq.

Iraq hit by multiple bombings.

Iran's president defies supreme leader to safeguard his future.

Yemen blames Iran after weapons haul.

Hamas weighs options for recognizing Israel

Saudi Arabia beheading nearly two people per week this year.


Protests erupt as India executes man for 2001 parliament attack.

Senkaku/Diaoyu islands: Japan may release China radar data.

Pakistani military jets pound militant hideouts in Orakzai; 13 killed. Suspected U.S. missiles hit Pakistani militants.

Nepal's Maoists set terms to end political deadlock.

Chinese dams in Tibet raise hackles in India.

Wave of violence grips Karachi.

Millions prepare to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.

Mysterious China blogger comes out.


Mali Islamists flee to Sudan's Darfur region.

Ruling Islamists to rally in Tunis.

US demands Sudan stop Darfur air attacks.

Somalia: Ethiopian troops battle Al Shabaab fighters in south central Somalia.

Report: Kenya violence threatens March vote.

Rape, death threats and fatwas: Egypt opposition in crosshairs.

Egypt court orders YouTube blocked for a month.

Senegal tribunal to try ex-Chad dictator begins.


EU leaders agree 3% budget cut deal in Brussels.

Italy's Berlusconi revives tax amnesty proposal.

Spain PM publishes tax returns amid corruption scandal.

Russian opposition leader placed on house arrest.

Reform quickly or lose deals, EU tells Ukraine.

EU proposes new cybercrime reporting rules.

German education minister quits over PhD plagiarism.

'EuroVegas' gambling complex to be built near Madrid after £8.3bn secured.


Huge storm blankets US Northeast with 2 feet of snow.

White House warns of damaging "sequestration" spending cuts.

Tight budget may force Pentagon to cut forces: general.

Honduras sends soldiers to fight crime in 2 cities.

Deep magnitude-7.0 earthquake registered in Colombia; no immediate reports of damage.

Venezuela devalues currency by 46.5%; VEB at 6.30 per US dollar.

Canadian officer who spied for Russia jailed for 20 years.


Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida.

Al-Qaeda spreading its influence in other parts of world.

Fighting al Qaeda in the post-bin Laden era.

Support grows for U.S. 'Drone Court' to review lethal strikes.


Eric Schmidt to sell 42% of stake in Google.

Opposition grows to Dell's landmark $24.4 billion buyout.

The Big Mac Index and Burgernomics.

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