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January 28, 2013
French-led troops close in on Timbuktu
Bamako (AFP) Jan 27, 2013
French-led troops were closing in on Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Sunday after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamist groups in the north of the country. A reconnaissance team has reached the edge of Timbuktu, a senior Malian officer said, adding that French and Malian soldiers were approaching the city "without meeting any resistance". France's defence ministry said one of its armoured battalions and Malian troops were headed toward the ancient trading ... read more
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N. Korea defiant over nuclear test
North Korea has vowed "high-profile measures" in the latest in a series of threats sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, state media said Sunday, suggesting it was determined to press ahead with a third nuclear test. ... more

Syria rebels, troops clash near Damascus train station
Fighting erupted Sunday between Syrian troops and rebels around a train station in Damascus, as regime warplanes pounded insurgent positions to the east of the capital, a watchdog said. ... more

Okinawa leaders stage anti-US military rally in Tokyo
Political leaders from Okinawa and their supporters staged a protest Sunday in the Japanese capital Tokyo against the heavy US military presence in their southern prefecture. ... more
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Iraq MPs appeal for calm after protesters killed
Iraqi MPs assigned to investigate the killing of eight anti-government protesters by troops appealed for calm on a visit to the town on Sunday and pledged to publish their findings within days. ... more


US group visits Taiwan base amid subs speculation
A US congressional group paid a rare visit to a Taiwan naval base Sunday, a military source said, raising speculation about efforts to revive a US deal to provide the island with eight submarines. ... more
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US not exempt from laws: Philippines' Aquino
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has welcomed the US Navy's apology for a minesweeper that went aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef, but said they would not be exempt from penalties. ... more

Israel PM wants broad coalition to handle 'security threats'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would seek a broad and stable coalition to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions and the possible transfer of Syrian weapons. ... more
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France destroys Islamist leader's house as it advances on Timbuktu
French air strikes destroyed the home of the leader of an Al-Qaeda-linked group in northern Mali as French-led forces advanced Sunday on the Islamist stronghold of Timbuktu. ... more

China tests new military transport plane
China has carried out a test flight of its biggest-ever army transport aeroplane, state media said Sunday, as the country strengthens its military capabilities. ... more

US agrees to refuel French warplanes on Mali mission
The United States has agreed to refuel French fighter jets waging war against Islamist militants in Mali, officials said Saturday, after weighing the decision for more than two weeks. ... more
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Hacker group Anonymous said it disabled the US Sentencing Commission's website Saturday in revenge for the death of Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz, and vowed to release government data. ... more

Satellite images reveal activity at N. Korea test site
New satellite images reveal ongoing activity at North Korea's atomic test site, according to a US research institute, as expectation mounts of an imminent nuclear detonation by the isolated state. ... more
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The US Department of Defense has approved a fivefold expansion of its cybersecurity force over the coming years in a bid to increase its ability to defend critical computer networks, The Washington Post reported late Sunday. ... more

Walker's World: Cameron's EU gamble
The pledge by British Prime Minister David Cameron of an in-out referendum on Britain's continued membership of the European Union has delighted most of his Conservative Party, complicated life for his political rivals in Britain and received a mixed, though largely disapproving response in Europe. ... more

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World powers asked for delay in nuclear talks: Iran
Iran blamed world powers on Saturday for delays in long-stalled talks over its controversial nuclear programme, after Western diplomats said Iranian uncertainty over the venue had delayed the negotiations. ... more

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Iran builds up cyber warfare capabilities
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Kerry vows to strengthen 'critical' China ties

US scholar urges dramatic rethink on Taiwan

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