Friday, December 31, 2010

World News Briefs -- December 31, 2010

A long-range, improved Sejil 2 missile is test-fired in the desert at an unknown location in Iran in 2009. Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons, and while they seek the technology, Israel's deputy prime minister and minister of strategic affairs Moshe Ya'alon says they are at least three years away. Fars News/Reuters/File

Is Iran About To Test A Nuclear Bomb In North Korea? -- FOX News

On December 24, a research report from the South Korean Foreign Ministry Institute indicated that North Korea would carry out another nuclear bomb test after the beginning of the year. -- South Korean media reported earlier this month that the North was digging a tunnel in preparation for such a nuclear test.

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MIDDLE EAST

Israel - Iran nuclear bomb 'still three years away'.

Violent deaths in Iraq reach lowest level since war began, group reports. Christians targeted in Iraq.

Israel's ex president convicted of rape and sex harassment.

WikiLeaks show US frustrated with Egypt military.

Israeli media hail Katsav verdict.

ASIA

US missiles kill 8 in northwest Pakistan.

Australia floods larger than France strand 200,000.

South Korea's Lee calls for six-party talks.

North Korean Air Force increases training flights. N. Korea boosts special forces, tanks: report.

AFRICA

UN chief warns attack could spark civil war in Ivory Coast. France advises citizens to leave Ivory Coast.

Nigeria's Christians in plea to halt killings. Why there's still no death toll for the Christmas Eve bombings in Nigeria.

Sudan's President Bashir calls time on Darfur talks.

EUROPE

Khodorkovsky's lawyer appeals sentence.

Hungarian President signs controversial media law.

Group: US refuses Poles help in CIA prison probe.

AMERICAS

Tail end of storms blast some Western states.

Violent protests over Bolivian fuel prices.

Brazil refuses to extradite Italian 'terrorist'.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo receive video call service.

Obama, marking anniversary of CIA attack, says Al-Qaeda 'under more pressure'.

Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Swiss franc hits record high vs dollar, euro, pound.

US gas prices pass $3 mark. Will anything stop them from climbing higher?

GOP gets cold feet on ending bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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