U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

In Crisis Over Dissident, U.S. Sends Official to Beijing
The Obama administration rushed to contain a growing diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, sending a senior diplomat to Beijing to discuss the fate of a blind dissident who fled house arrest last week.

Obama wants to strike ‘appropriate balance’ on Chinese dissident, official says

Syria says West-backed Al-Qaeda behind bombings
State newspapers on Sunday charged that Al-Qaeda was operating in Syria and carrying out its trademark suicide bombings with the support of Washington and some Arab countries, The Daily Star reported.

Brennan defends U.S. drone attacks despite risks to civilians
WASHINGTON — White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan on Sunday defended the administration’s campaign of drone missile attacks against militants while acknowledging that the air strikes have sometimes killed noncombatants.

Drone strike kills four suspected militants in Pakistan
A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border on Sunday, intelligence officials and witnesses said, the first strike in almost a month.

UK aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan beheaded

U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran
The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

Most Israeli citizens don’t want a war with Iran

Ehud Olmert, Former Israel Prime Minister, Against Iran Strike

The UN May Have Silenced the Afghan Public

Taliban deny holding new talks with US
Afghanistan’s Taliban on Sunday denied that they had resumed talks with the United States, while the Afghan government insisted that the peace process was “on track”.

NATO reports deaths of 3 service members in Afghanistan

Bahrain police ‘continue to torture detainees’
Human Rights Watch has accused Bahrain’s police of continuing to beat and torture detainees, including minors.

Cash-strapped UNESCO gives Saudi king its highest honorary medal
UN group, which lost US funding after admitting ‘Palestine’ as a member last year, hails Abdullah for enhancing ‘the culture of dialogue and peace’

Joseph Kony hunt is proving difficult for U.S. troops
Six months after President Obama ordered 100 elite troops to help capture the messianic warlord Joseph Kony, U.S. military commanders said Sunday that they have been unable to pick up his trail but believe he is hiding in this country’s dense jungle, relying on Stone Age tactics to dodge his pursuers’ high-tech surveillance tools.

Nigeria: Attack on church services kills around 20

Sudan ‘declares emergency’ on border with South Sudan

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You are all suspects now. What are you going to do about it?
You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished.

U.S. Military Drones Reported Operating Across the United States
It’s easy to understand why Presidents, politicians and the military love robots. They don’t talk back. They follow orders. You press a button and they do what they are told. They are considered so efficient, and so lethal.

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