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No Resolution to Syrian Crisis After Year of Protests, Deadly Crackdown

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The wave of Arab Spring protests that swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other north African and Middle Eastern countries broke out a year ago in Syria, drawing a deadly crackdown from government forces and pledges of reforms from President Bashar al-Assad. The international community remains divided on how to bring an end to the […]

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Al-Shabab – Kenya Timeline

Posted March 11th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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REcent Alleged Al-Shabab violence in Kenya and police/military response: October 16, 2011: Kenyan troops are deployed into Somalia following high profile kidnappings. Kenya blames al-Shabab for crimes and says the troop deployment is for self-defense. October 24, 2011: Al-Shabab stages two grenade attacks in Nairobi. 14 people are injured at a nightclub; 1 person is […]

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Kidnappings of Foreigners in Pakistan

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Foreigners kidnapped in Pakistan in the last six months: January 22, 2012 – A Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver disappear in Sindh’s province’s town of Naushero Feroze. Police say they may have been abducted for ransom. January 19, 2012 – Two foreign aid workers — an Italian and a German — are kidnapped […]

A Look at Recent Attacks Against Iranian Scientists

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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State media say a bomb killed an Iranian nuclear scientist Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar attacks. Here is a look at other attacks against Iranian scientists in Tehran. January 12, 2010: Roadside bomb kills physics professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi. November 29, 2010: Bombs placed on cars by motorcyclists kill nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari […]

Key Events in the Life of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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1941: Kim Jong Il Believed to be born in Siberia in the Soviet Union. February 16, 1942: North Korea’s official birth date for Kim Jong Il, on the country’s Mount Paekdu. 1948: His father, Kim Il Sung, founds communist North Korea. 1964: Kim Jong Il Graduates from Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung University and joins ruling […]

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A Look at Key Events in the US Iraq Invasion

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is marking the end of its military mission in Iraq ahead of a deadline to finish removing its troops by December 31. Here is a look at key events since the 2003 invasion. March 20, 2003: U.S. forces invade Iraq. April 9, 2003: U.S. forces pour into Baghdad. May 1, 2003: President […]

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A Look At Burma’s Recent Political Reforms

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds unprecedented talks with government officials and opposition leaders in Burma, here is a look back at some of the democratic reforms in the country during the past eight months: March 30: Burma ends decades of military rule, inaugurating a nominally civilian government that consists of many retired […]

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US-Pak Relations in a Post-bin Laden World

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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In the past 10 years, analysts say the United States has provided Pakistan with about $20 billion in military and civilian aid, making it the third-largest recipient of U.S. security aid and reimbursements after Afghanistan and Israel. Both sides also have cooperated in targeting Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants sheltered in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous and remote northwest. […]

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A Look At Major Events in Yemen’s Anti-Government Unrest

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A timeline of this year’s anti-government unrest in Yemen: January 22: Hundreds of students and other protesters gather at Sana’a University, calling for an end to the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The demonstrators apparently were inspired by the protests that led to the ouster of Tunisia’s president. March 1: Tens of thousands […]

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Decades of Resistance: The Turkish-Kurdish Relationship

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Decades of Resistance: The Turkish-Kurdish Relationship August 10, 1920: A Kurdish state: At the end of World War I, the Treaty of Sevres proposes the establishment of an autonomous Kurdish state. July 24, 1923: Turkey overrides Kurdish statehood: Under the Treaty of Lausanne, Turkey is declared an independent state and plans for an autonomous Kurdish […]

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