Islamists Move South in Mali

By William Tucker The Malian army has stated that Islamists who seized much of northern Mali last year – along with several Tuareg groups – have begun moving south towards Mopti. The city of Mopti sits astride the Niger river and lays in the narrow region that separates the north of Mali from the south. Currently, the Malian army controls the majority of this chokepoint.
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Head of Benghazi CID Kidnapped

By William Tucker The newly appointed head of the Benghazi Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abdulsalam Al-Mihdawi, and an associate were kidnapped by gunmen while waiting at a stop light. There isn’t much information to go on as to the culprits behind the attack, although eyewitnesses to the kidnapping claimed the attackers were militant Islamists. Benghazi has suffered from regular violence in the last few months.
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The Deteriorating Health of Hugo Chavez

By William Tucker Over the last few days there have been rumors circulating that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died, or is otherwise in a vegetative state, following medical treatment in Cuba. These rumors appear to be unfounded, but the inconsistent discourse coming from Chavez’s inner circle – along with the president’s absence – have made the rumors difficult to combat.
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White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON _ The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S.

A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.

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China yet to clarify new sea rules — DFA

China has yet to clarify the scope and limitations of a new rule that will allow the boarding and seizing of foreign ships that will pass through the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.

“We have not yet received any clarification from China on the reported Hainan law,” Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said.

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PH envoy to UAE faces new complaint

THE Philippine ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Grace Relucio Princesa, is facing another complaint, this time for the alleged non-payment of furniture that she asked a businesswoman to ship to UAE ostensibly to showcase them for Arab clients at the Philippine Embassy.

Earlier, a group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in the UAE accused Princesa of allegedly misusing funds and ill-treating Filipinos.

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