Saturday, October 30, 2010

World News Briefs -- October 30, 2010

Plot Said to Have ‘Hallmarks of Al Qaeda’ -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — Two packages containing explosives, shipped from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, setting off a broad terrorism scare on Friday that included the scrambling of fighter jets to accompany a passenger flight as it landed safely in New York. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Homeland Security, said on Saturday morning that the plot “has the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.”

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EU's Iran sanctions avoid oil, credit doubts linger. Iran acknowledges sanctions driving up costs.

Baghdad’s Shiite heart beats freely as war ebbs.

Big rally by Islamic Jihad in Gaza, joined by Hamas.


Clinton proposes China, Japan join 3-way talks with U.S. to ease tensions. US, Russia join Asian summit as regional spats simmer.

China rising: What should the U.S. do about it?

In Pakistan, religious shrines step up security against attacks.

Scarred by Sri Lanka's war with Tamil Tigers, female ex-fighters build new lives.

For a few precious days, divided Korean families see their loved ones again.


Morocco says breaks up al Qaeda-linked cells.

Voters in rebel-held areas hope Sunday's election reunites Ivory Coast.

Strained relations: Liberia's President and her stepson.


U.K. and France to sign defense treaty next week, Financial Times reports.

EU treads uncharted waters to defend single currency.

Romania government faces new no - confidence vote.

Vladimir Putin's daughter 'to marry the son of South Korean admiral'.


Leader of FARC Front surrenders in Colombia.

Protesters blame UN base for cholera in Haiti.

A city's revolutionary past shapes Brazil's election.

Falkland Islands tensions could be eased with death of Nestor Kirchner, analysts predict.


Suspicious UPS, FedEx packages raise new concerns about Al Qaeda in Yemen.

Terror investigators examine more packages.

Mail bomb plot shows lax cargo, parcel security.

Testimony ends in Guantanamo 'child soldier' case.


China aims to shake up rare earths trade.

Russia to drop Microsoft in quest for 'national' operating system.

India backs off on Blackberry ban threat.

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