Nigeria: Boko Haram Attack Kills 142


The link below is to an article reporting on an attack by Boko Haram Islamists that has killed at least 142 people in Nigeria.

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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-09-20/suspected-islamist-militants-kill-142-in-northeastern-nigeria

Secretary of State cites citizen media reports from Syria in criticism of attack


Originally posted on Gigaom:

A large number of videos, photos and graphic descriptions of chemical-weapon attacks on civilians have been coming out of Syria over the past day, and it is clear they have made an impact not just on those observing the violence from afar but also on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who cited them in a statement about the attack on Monday. Said Kerry:

Last night, after speaking with foreign ministers from around the world about the gravity of this situation, I went back and I watched the videos — the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time. It is really hard to express in words the the human suffering that they lay out before us.

As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while…

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Police Find Body Snatched by Crocodile During Birthday Party


Originally posted on NewsFeed:

A birthday party in the Australian Outback went horribly awry Saturday when a crocodile engulfed a swimmer and pulled him underwater. After a weekend-long search, police reported Monday that the body of Sean Cole, 26, has been recovered, the Associated Press reports.

Cole and a friend had attempted to swim across a 260-foot-wide, “crocodile-infested” river during a 30th birthday party in the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, a touristy spot in the Outback near Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. Tom Nichols, Northern Territory wildlife ranger, told the AP that witnesses saw the crocodile making its way upstream with the victim’s body in its mouth.

(MORE: 15,000 Crocodiles Escape from South Africa Farm)

Early Monday morning, officials found Cole’s body floating on the river’s surface, along with the carcass of a crocodile, which was more than 15 feet, 5 inches, long and weighed more than 1,430 pounds. Authorities believe the victim…

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U.K. prepping warships as West eyes strike on Syria in wake of suspected chemical attack


Originally posted on National Post | News:

Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.

British Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside the United States, as military commanders finalize a list of potential targets.

Government sources said talks between Prime Minister David Cameron and international leaders, including Barack Obama, would continue but that any military action that was agreed could begin within the next week.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird joined other western leaders in applying more pressure on Syria on Sunday, with a call for Syrian authorities to allow the United Nations immediate and unfettered access to the site of last week’s alleged chemical attack.

AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Officials in Baird’s office said he…

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Maher al-Assad accused of orchestrating deadly chemical weapon attack


Originally posted on National Post | News:

Maher al-Assad, the brother of President Bashar al-Assad, has long been a feared figure within the regime. Violent, fiery and quick tempered, as commander of the 10,000-strong Republican Guard and the Fourth Armoured Division, he has been at the heart of some of the most bloody episodes in Syria’s two and a half year civil war.

But allegations over the weekend by an Israeli television channel that he was behind the chemical weapons attack have turned him from a figure of fear into one of loathing. Activists claim that much of the shelling originated from the huge base of the Fourth Armoured Division, just south of Damascus. The regime claims that rebels had used chemicals.

But Maher Assad is well known for his ruthlessness.

AP Photo/Shaam News Network

AP Photo/Shaam News Network

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Trained at the Damascus military academy alongside his elder brother and heir to the presidency, Bassel, Mahar…

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U.S. lays charges against al-Qaeda loyalist behind deadly Algerian gas plant attack


Originally posted on National Post | News:

U.S. prosecutors filed charges Friday against Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed al-Qaeda loyalist who led a band of terrorists that included two Canadians on a deadly attack at a Western-owned Algerian gas plant in January.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York filed eight charges against Belmokhtar, leader of the Signers in Blood Battalion, ranging from kidnapping to conspiracy over the attack that killed 37 hostages, three of them Americans.

Among the terrorists who seized the plant with AK-47s and rocket launchers were Kris Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej, friends from London, Ont., who traveled in 2011 to Morocco, Mauritania and Mali, where they allegedly joined Belmokhtar’s group.

The criminal complained filed by FBI Special Agent Jessica Ulmer did not mention the pair but it quoted from transcripts of the phone calls made to the company by an English-speaking hostage-taker, believed to be Katsiroubas.

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