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‘Anonymous’ hackers target U.S. security think tank

LONDON – The loose-knit hacking movement “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit-card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards. Anonymous boasted ...

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US ‘eyes hands-off policy in Iraq’

The United States is mulling a far more subdued role in Iraq after pulling its troops out, and has no intention to send its forces back in despite a spike in violence, The New York Times reported on Sunday. US officials told the Times that President Barack Obama was adamant that the United States would not send troops back to ...

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Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of the 2013 elections. The turnout was particularly impressive because the event was held outside his traditional support base, Punjab province. Karachi, ...

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Dozens killed in deadly bomb attacks at churches in Nigeria

A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed responsibility for the attack and another bombing in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation’s north east. One blast struck a church in the north-eastern town of Gadaka and two explosions rocked the northern city of Damaturu, making five blasts in total. The Christmas Day ...

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Newt Gingrich fails to get on Virginia GOP ballot

The Virginia Republican Party announced Saturday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had failed to gather enough signatures to run in the state’s GOP presidential primary, an embarrassing setback that underscored how far he has to go to build a fully functioning campaign organization just days before the first votes of the primary season. Party officials said Gingrich fell short ...

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CIA suspends drone flights in Pakistan to not ‘worsen’ relations after soldiers mistakenly killed in November

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan for the last six weeks have been suspended Washington acknowledged Saturday following the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers last month. Earlier in the week the chief of Pakistan’s defense committee acknowledged Washington’s paused drone strikes but have only now admitted it through an official with the Obama administration, according to CNN. The strikes have been ...

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Thousands flock to Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations

BETHLEHEM, Palestine — Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal – the Catholic church’s top spiritual leader in the Holy Land – on Saturday led the procession on the eight-kilometer (about 5-mile) road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. For the Christmas procession of about 30 vehicles, the Israeli authorities opened a large iron gate in the Israeli-built separation…

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