By Rama Lakshmi, Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2:00 PM
NEW DELHI — A pair of explosions ripped through a busy neighborhood in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Thursday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 78, authorities said.
The blasts occurred soon after sunset, within a span of about two minutes, in a cinema parking lot and at a bus stop in Dilsukhnagar, an area on the city’s outskirts full of restaurants and tea shops.
via Explosions rip through southern Indian city – The Washington Post.
John O. Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency during his second term, told senators considering his confirmation Thursday that drone strikes against terrorist targets meet “rigorous standards” and that no new legislation is needed to govern them.
via Brennan defends drone strike policies – The Washington Post.
By Liz Sly, Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 4:45 PM
BEIRUT — The Turkish military struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in the most serious escalation in international tensions since the Syrian revolt erupted 19 months ago.
A brief statement issued by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said the Turkish army had hit unspecified Syrian targets in retaliation for a shell fired from Syria that killed at least five civilians in a Turkish border town.
via Turkey strikes back at Syria after shell kills at least 5 Turkish civilians – The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.
Update: 1:05pm from CNN – President Obama on Iraq withdrawal: “Our troops will definitely be home for the holidays.” — “US is moving forward from a position of strength. The long war in Iraq will be over by the end of this year”
By Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung, Friday, October 21, 12:19 PM
The Obama administration has decided to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year after failing to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government that would have left several thousand troops there for special operations and training.
President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke Friday morning to cement that agreement in a scheduled telephone call, according to people familiar with the agreement who spoke on the condition of anonymity. White House officials have yet to disclose the contents of the call, but Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement at 12:45 p.m. on the agreement.
via All U.S. troops to leave Iraq – The Washington Post.
By Associated Press,
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday accused elements of the Iranian government of being involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, and Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. would hold Iran accountable.
Two people, including a member of Iran’s special operations unit known as the Quds Force, were charged in New York federal court. Holder said the bomb plot was a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law.
“We will not let other countries use our soil as their battleground,” Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said at a press conference in Washington with Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old U.S. citizen who also holds an Iranian passport, was charged along with Gholam Shakuri, whom authorities said was a Quds Force member.
FBI Director Robert Mueller says many lives could have been lost in the plot to kill the ambassador with bombs in the U.S.
Holder said the U.S. government would be taking unspecified action against the Iranian government as early as Tuesday afternoon. Asked whether the plot was blessed by the top echelons of the Iranian government, Holder said the Justice Department was not making that accusation.
via Holder: US will hold Iran accountable in plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador – The Washington Post.
According to the Washington Post the Egyptian military has dissolved the parliament.
This will and should pave the way for the commencement of a military democracy in Egypt until an election can be held.
By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; 2:15 PM
Suicides among soldiers serving on active duty decreased modestly in 2010 for the first time in years, even as the Army National Guard and Reserve saw a major increase in the number of soldiers taking their own lives.
New figures released Wednesday by the Army show how difficult it has been for officials to drive down the number of suicides in a force that remains under serious strain. Last year, 301 active-duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers committed suicide, compared to 242 in 2009, senior Army officials said.
The overall increase comes despite a massive effort on the part of the Army’s senior leaders to hire hundreds of mental health and substance abuse counselors and a major push to reduce the stigma among soldiers of seeking mental health care. Most of those efforts have been focused on the Army’s active-duty force, which did see a small drop in the number of suicides, from 162 in 2009 to 156 last year.
via Army sees suicide decline overall, increase among Guard and Reserve soldiers.
By Dana Hedgpeth and David Nakamura
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords could be released from Tucson’s University Medical Center as early as Friday and moved to a rehabilitation facility, her doctors say
In a brief interview with The Washington Post late Tuesday, medical director Dr. Peter Rhee said: “Things are going as well as could be and she hasn’t taken any steps backward.”
Asked when she might leave the hospital to transfer to a rehabilitation center, Rhee said, “as early as Friday or as long as it takes for us to resolve whatever acute problems that may arise.”
Giffords’s office on Wednesday confirmed the news with this statement:
“The congresswoman is expected to move Friday, Jan. 21 to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston. But because this is a fluid situation, the exact day of the move will depend on the congresswoman’s health.
‘The congresswoman’s family wants to ensure she receives the best rehabilitative care possible for her type of serious penetrating brain injury,’ said Dr. Michael Lemole, one of the congresswoman’s neurosurgeons at University Medical Center. ‘As a result, they considered facilities around the country, including rehabilitation hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Houston.’
Mark Kelly, the congresswoman’s husband, said he and Giffords’ parents weighed many factors in making this decision. High among them was TIRR Memorial Hermann’s relative proximity to Tucson and its outstanding reputation.”
Rhee said Giffords is still at risk for such set-backs as infection or pneumonia.
via 44 – Gabrielle Giffords could be released from hospital Friday.