S Korea’s Park wins presidential election

S Korea’s Park wins presidential election
Park Geun-hye becomes country’s first female leader after rival candidate Moon Jae-in concedes defeat.

US seeks ‘world supremacy’ through advanced weapons – Security Chief
The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia has provided his views on a number of national security issues, including the importance of preserving Russia’s nuclear arsenal against potential adversaries.

Patriot Missiles in Turkey: Targeting Syria or Iran?

Newtown shootings: Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

Connecticut school shooting: National Rifle Association breaks its silence
The National Rifle Association has said it wanted to contribute meaningfully to prevent another massacre like the Connecticut shooting, suggesting a sharp change in tone for the largest US gun rights group.

Connecticut school shooting: police fail to recover data from Adam Lanza’s computer
Police have been unable to recover data from gunman Adam Lanza’s computer after the 20-year-old deliberately sabotaged the machine’s hard-drive, investigators have said.

Clues Hint at School Shooter’s State of Mind

Court rules peace activists can sue the U.S. military for infiltration
In a potentially precedent-setting decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a Guild lawyer’s challenge to military spying on peace activists can proceed. The ruling marks the first time a court has affirmed people’s ability to sue the military for violating their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Independent inquiry faults U.S. State Department in Benghazi attack
An independent inquiry into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, sharply criticized the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and for relying on untested local militias to protect the compound, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Exxon Deal Brings Iraq, Kurdistan to Brink of Civil War
War over oil in Iraq is a rather old issue, but as Iraq seems to be drawn ever near to an open civil war setting the central government against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) oil is once again the principle justification.

Kurdish troops fire on Iraqi army helicopter in dispute

Palestinians threaten to involve UN over new Israeli settlement plan

Israel steps closer to 1,500 new settlements in East Jerusalem
Israel’s Interior Ministry committee has approved the construction of 1,500 houses on disputed territories in Jerusalem, amid UN condemnation. The approval follows the Palestinians UN status being upgraded.

US hits Israel hard on settlement plans
In unusually rare and blunt criticism of its top Mideast ally, the Obama administration on Tuesday slammed Israel for continuing to announce new settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians.

Israel to face new condemnation for settlements
The Palestinians said Tuesday that all of the U.N. Security Council members except the United States will condemn Israel’s recent announcements of new settlement construction which are making a two-state solution more difficult to achieve.

Israel Is Set To Receive 5,000 US Bunker Buster Bombs After Delaying Its Attack On Iran

Obama’s War on Syria and Its Implications

Syria rebels make further gains
Rebels in Syria are reported to have made fresh gains as the battle for control of the country intensifies.

40 Civilians Killed in Rebels’ Attack on al-Yarmouk Camp
Dozens of civilians were killed following the Syrian rebels’ deadly attack on al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Damascus.

Syria hits back at UN over Palestinian refugees
Syria on Monday hit back at the United Nations over the fate of Palestinian refugees after UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced “grave concern” following a deadly air strike on Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus.

Syrian rebels delay execution of Ukrainian reporter
Syrian rebel fighters have delayed the execution of a Ukrainian reporter Ankhar Kochneva, who was kidnapped in October, claiming they are giving Ukraine another chance to meet their demands.

Pentagon to reimburse Pakistan $688 million
The Pentagon has notified Congress this month that it would reimburse Pakistan nearly $700 million for the cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Egyptians protest against constitution

France confident it can bridge gap with U.S. on Mali
France said on Tuesday it would address U.S. concerns about a military mission to retake northern Mali from Islamist rebels and hoped for a Security Council vote this week, but U.N. envoys said a French-U.S. agreement on the issue remained elusive.

Beaten and sodomized: European human rights court finds CIA guilty of torture

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