Panetta Talks Cyber Issues with Chinese, Experts See No Decline in Attacks Out of China

BEIJING (AP) — Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is wrapping up three days of meetings with military and civilian leaders, said he has brought the issue up at every session and come away with little more than agreements to talk again.

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Al-Shabaab Reportedly Abandons Kismayo

By William Tucker Somali residents of Kismayo have reported to several media outlets that al-Shabaab militants are leaving the southern port city. Kismayo is known as the last al-Shabaab stronghold in Somalia. In response to the reports, the Somali military has made public statements about an impending assault on the city, while al-Shabaab is denying that they have left. Residents in the city have said that some militants remain, however.
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Protests and Politics

By William Tucker Early last week protests erupted in Egypt over a film defaming Islam and soon spread throughout the Muslim world. Although protests have also been seen in Europe, they have not reached the size or violence seen primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. While the protests may have been organic in nature at first, they will not remain so.
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How Good Is Your Intel?

By Tee Morris Special Guest Contributor Last week, we watched a textbook example of what happens when you enter a situation unprepared. I speak of the address presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered in the waning hours of September 11, 2012.
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