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Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks: media

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TORONTO - Canada's main spy agency will get new powers aimed at disrupting potential terror attacks under security legislation to be unveiled on Friday, Canadian media said on Thursday.

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Thu, Jan 29 2015

Exclusive: U.S. armed drone program in Yemen facing intelligence gaps

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WASHINGTON - The United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials say.

World, Yemen 29 Jan 2015

Babies found alive in rubble after truck blast rips through Mexico hospital

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MEXICO CITY - A gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, killing one woman and two children and injuring dozens, authorities said, with several babies found alive in the rubble. | Video

World, Mexico 29 Jan 2015

U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq

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WASHINGTON - The United States and coalition partners launched six air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and 12 more in Iraq as they kept up pressure on the insurgent group, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015

China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

SHANGHAI - Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

29 Jan 2015

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

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AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. | Video

Jordan, Iraq, World, Japan 29 Jan 2015

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadliest attacks in months: official Twitter

ISMAILIA, Egypt - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly in the past week.

World, Egypt 29 Jan 2015

Thai vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

BAN BANG YAI, Thailand - Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.

29 Jan 2015

Hopes of return muted in devastated Syrian Kurdish town

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KOBANI, Syria - Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon.

World, Syria 29 Jan 2015

U.S. Congress questions plan to admit Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House Committee on Homeland Security is challenging an Obama administration plan to admit Syrian refugees to the United States, saying it could allow potential terrorists to sneak into the country.

World, United Nations, Syria 29 Jan 2015
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.