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CIA Briefs Agents on Possible WMD Attacks

Posted: 12/14/2009 - [The Central Intelligence Agency released declassified reports to the National Association of Chiefs of Police regarding CBRN threats to the United States. The following is a synopsis of the information contained in these disturbing reports.

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Drug Lord's Son Seeks Forgiveness

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Now grown, the children of famous Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the children of his murdered victims have embarked on a reconciliation effort that was impossible for their parents, thanks in part to a new documentary by Argentine filmmaker Nicolas Entel.

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Al Qaeda Offers 'Condolences' For Innocent Victims

Posted: 12/14/2009 - An al Qaeda spokesman released a video message in English offering condolences to its "unintended Muslim victims" killed in attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

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Congo Civilian Deaths

Posted: 12/14/2009 - A U.N.-backed military operation to thwart rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to deliberate killings of more than 1,400 civilians in the country over a nine-month period, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

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Sudan Violence

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Violence in Southern Sudan has escalated to its highest levels since a 2005 treaty ended a 21-year-long north-south civil war, a leading aid agency has warned.

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Spain Terror Convictions

Posted: 12/14/2009 - MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Spanish court convicted 11 Islamic militants Monday of membership in a terrorist group, but acquitted them of a "specific" conspiracy to carry out an attack on Barcelona's metro subway system, as prosecutors alleged, according to a copy of the sentence viewed by CNN. The court instead said there was a more general decision by the group, linked to Al Qaeda, to use explosives against Barcelona's metro, but that a specific date and place had not been determined, nor had a sufficient amount of explosives been assembled, the sentence said. The judges ruled the alleged Barcelona plot had "not advanced sufficiently" to constitute a crime of conspiracy under Spanish law. The alleged plot in January 2008 had raised alarm bells in Europe because Spanish authorities said there were to be a series of attacks, starting with suicide bombings on the Barcelona metro, and then other attacks in Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and Great Britain, if successive demands from a Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda were not met. The trial against 10 Pakistani men and an Indian national was held last month. All proclaimed their innocence and many refused to answer prosecutors questions. The three-judge panel at the National Court ruled on Monday that all 11 belonged to a terrorist group. Two of the 11 also were convicted of possession of explosives, but nine others were acquitted on that charge. The 11 face prison terms of eight to 14 years. But Jose Maria Fuster-Fabra, a private prosecutor representing victims in the case, told CNN the sentence sets a precedent in Spain because the 11 defendants were convicted for terrorist group membership almost solely on the basis of a key police informant, known as F1 to protect his identity. F1 testified he was selected by the group's leader to be a suicide bomber, and that he quickly made a secretive call from a bathroom at a Barcelona mosque to warn a friend in France about an impending terrorist attack. Hours later, police swooped to make arrests in January 2008 in Barcelona. The protected witness denied on the stand that he worked for French or any other secret service. Defense lawyer Jacobo Teijelo, on the team representing all 11 defendants, said the sentence lacked judicial merit and he vowed to appeal to Spain's Supreme Court. Some 30 members of Barcelona's large Pakistani community watched the trial almost daily in a bulletproof basement courtroom at the high-security National Court in central Madrid. A community leader told CNN the defendants were innocent and that the Pakistani community in Barcelona was hardworking and law-abiding.

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Turkey Kurds

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Kurdish lawmakers announced Monday they would submit their resignations from parliament, three days after Turkey's highest court banned their political party on charges that it was a "focal point for terrorism."

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Iran Nuclear

Posted: 12/14/2009 - A secret document that appears to show that Iran was working on building nuclear weapons as recently as 2007 is "alarming" and "part of a body of evidence backing up deep concerns over Iran's nuclear program," a Western diplomatic source with knowledge of the papers told CNN Monday.

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Iran Nuclear

Posted: 12/14/2009 - A secret document that appears to show that Iran was working on building nuclear weapons as recently as 2007 is "alarming" and "part of a body of evidence backing up deep concerns over Iran's nuclear program," a Western diplomatic source with knowledge of the papers told CNN Monday.

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Pakistan's PM backtracks on military offensive comments

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani made a U-turn Saturday -- first declaring that the military offensive against Islamic militants in South Waziristan had ended, then saying there is no timeframe for its completion.

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Search for Flight 447 data recorders to resume

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Air accident investigators are to resume the search for the flight data recorders from an Air France airliner that mysteriously crashed off Brazil six months ago, according to media reports Sunday.

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Exiled Hamas Leader Visits Iran

Posted: 12/13/2009 - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

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Al Qaeda Offers 'Condolences' for Innocent Victims

Posted: 12/12/2009 - On the heels of a U.S. announcement of a massive troop surge for Afghanistan, an al Qaeda spokesman Saturday appeared to be trying to improve the group's image in the region with a new audio message in English.

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Five Americans in Pakistani Custody Moved to Lahore, Police Say

Posted: 12/12/2009 - The five Americans arrested in Pakistan amid suspicion that they were plotting terrorist attacks were transferred on Saturday from the small town where they were seized to a more secure location in a larger city, police said.

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Pope 'Deeply Disturbed' Over Abuse By Irish Clergy

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a recent report showing the Irish Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse by clergy for decades, the Vatican said Friday.

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Clinton Slams Iran As Biggest Exporter Of Terror In World

Posted: 12/11/2009 - With signs of growing international support for pressure on Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at Tehran and the Revolutionary Guard military corps Friday, calling the country "the major supporter, promoter and exporter of terrorism in the world today."

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England Double Decker Crash

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Ten children suffered minor injuries when a double-decker bus hit a railway bridge in the city of Leicester, in central England, police said Friday.

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Israel Mosque Attack

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Vandals burned a mosque in the West Bank, and a Palestinian official said Friday it reflects Israeli settler rage over a government moratorium on settlement construction.

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