Friday, September 30, 2011

World News Briefs -- September 30, 2011

U.S.-Born Cleric Anwar al Awlaki Killed In Yemen -- McClathcy News

SANAA, Yemen — Anwar al Awlaki, an American-born Muslim preacher who became among the world's most wanted terrorist leaders, was killed in Yemen, the Yemeni Defense Ministry announced Friday.

In a statement, the government said Awlaki was "targeted and killed" about 90 miles east of Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. The "operation" was launched at around 9:55 a.m. local time, the statement said. It provided no other details, and it was uncertain whether Yemeni or American forces carried out the attack, which the Defense Ministry said also killed several of Awlaki's body guards.

A senior official in Washington confirmed the death.

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Syria conflict: 'Soldiers and police killed' in Rastan.

U.S. ambassador to Syria accosted by pro-Assad mob in Damascus. Clinton outraged as Syrians target US envoy.

Iraq's Maliki warns over Syrian sectarian turmoil.

Bomb kills 18 at Shi'ite funeral in Iraq: police.

Bahrain jails 20 doctors for up to 15 years 'for treating protestors'.

Iran looks east to bypass western sanctions.


Coalition data show drop in violence in Afghanistan; U.N. report says otherwise.

U.S. freezes funding to Vietnam for recovery of war remains.

Sri Lanka releases 1,800 former Tamil rebels.

Fitch, S&P downgrade New Zealand's credit rating.


Libyan forces clash in Sirte, US lawmakers visit NTC. Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya.

Thousands of Egyptians protest Mubarak-era laws.

Egypt warns U.S. on attaching conditions to military aid.

Pirates attack, rob ship off West African coast.

Tainted African ruler may get UN prize in his name.


Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko denounces 'lynching' trial.

EU: talks on association deal with Kiev on track.

Russia's Medvedev defends Putin swap plan.

In European crisis, experts see little hope for a quick fix.

Spain nationalizes 3 banks after cash injections.

Greek PM presses EU leaders for new bailout tranche.


School threats spread to northern Mexico.

Hugo Chavez denies media reports of health emergency.

Ecuador's Correa says opposition, US groups behind last year's coup attempt.

Fatal accident puts focus on U.S. deportation program.


Gadhafi collapse raises concerns over arms for Africa al-Qaida.

U.S. slaps sanctions on Haqqani commander, but not group.

Could model airplanes become a terrorist weapon?


China tech stocks dive on threat of US fraud probe.

China 'cracks down on fake iPhones'.

IBM beats Microsoft in tech giants ranking.

Google joins Apple in push for tax holiday.

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