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Entries by Nicholas Sabloff from 01/2010

Police: Suicide bombing kills 88 in NW Pakistan

Posted 01.01.2010 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in a crowd of people watching a volleyball tournament in northwest...

Yemen: 2 al-Qaida Militants Killed In Clash

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

SAN'A, Yemen — Yemeni security forces clashed with al-Qaida fighters Monday, killing two, the latest sign the embattled, longtime president is m...

Burj Khalifa: Dubai Opens World's Tallest Building Amid Crisis (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

(AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper Monday, and in a surprise move renamed the gleaming glass-and-metal to...

Afghan Attacks Kill 4 US Troops, British Soldier

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

KABUL — A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members – the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan – while a ...

Americans Detained In Pakistan Deny Terror Plans

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

SARGODHA, Pakistan — Five Americans detained in Pakistan told a court Monday they intended to cross the border into Afghanistan to wage jihad ag...

Iran University Professors Denounce Crackdown

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Nearly 90 professors at Tehran University have told Iran's supreme leader that ongoing violence against protesters shows the weak...

Helsinki Train Crash: Passenger Train Crashes Into Hotel

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

HELSINKI — Finnish transport officials say a near-empty passenger train has crashed into a hotel by Helsinki's main railway station, causing dam...

Western Demand For Eastern European Prostitutes Fuels Sex-Slave Industry

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

"They brought us to a hotel and led us up a staircase -- seven floors. "I remember ... wondering when they would let me go to my sister. The big Russ...

European Airports Don't Appear To Be Following US Demand For Increased Security Measures

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around ...

Susanna Maiolo: Pope's Aide Visits Woman Who Knocked Him Down

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI's personal aide visited the mentally disturbed young woman who jumped over a barrier and knocked the pontiff do...

Emile Hirsch To Join Summit On The Summit Kilimanjaro Climb

Posted 01.04.2010 | Impact

Actor Emile Hirsch will be joining a group of celebrities in climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro this month to raise awareness for the more than on...

Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian Teen, Tops World Ranking In Chess

Posted 01.04.2010 | World

(AP) OSLO — Norway's Magnus Carlsen has become the youngest person ever to top the world ranking in chess. The 19-year-old was listed as number...

Solomon Islands Tsunami: 1,000 People Left Homeless

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

HONIARA, Solomon Islands — Landslides and a tsunami destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on one of the islands in the Solomo...

NATO Official: US Spy Work Only 'Marginally Relevant' In Afghanistan

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

KABUL — NATO's top intelligence officer has ordered significant changes in the way information is collected and shared in Afghanistan, saying th...

Dozens Of Names Transferred To No-Fly List

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

The Obama administration has transferred dozens of names from a broad terrorism database to watch lists that are more closely monitored in an effort t...

Sandro Dead: 'Argentine Elvis' Dies At 64

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine singer Sandro, whose gyrating pelvis and romantic ballads brought comparisons to Elvis Presley and made him ...

Inside Taiwan's Love Motels

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

Gone are the days of scuzzy "rest" hotels, rented by the hour to furtive lovers....

Ahmadinejad's Official Website Reportedly Hacked

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

Hackers attacked the official website of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday, reportedly managing to post a message mocking the Iranian president. According ...

KFC's Racist Ad? (VIDEO) Australian Advert Accused Of Being Offensive

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

A KFC ad in Australia has led some on the Internet to accuse the company of being racially insensitive. The ad, part of the company's "Cricket Surviv...

Giant Tuna Fetches $177,000 At Japan Fish Auction

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

TOKYO — A giant bluefin tuna fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auction Tuesday at the world's largest wholesale fish market in Japan. T...

Bobbie Tsankov Dead: Prominent Bulgarian Crime Journalist Gunned Down

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Gunmen in Bulgaria shot dead a prominent crime journalist and critically injured two other men in a busy part of the capital. ...

German Policeman Suspended For Having Sex In Church DURING Service

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

BERLIN — Police in southern Germany said an officer has been suspended from duty after allegedly having sex in a Catholic church during a servic...

Israeli Officers Cancel UK Trip For Fear Of Arrest For War Crimes

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

JERUSALEM — An Israeli military delegation has canceled an official visit to Britain, officials said Tuesday, the latest in a string of politici...

Slovak Man Takes Hidden Explosive On Dublin Flight

Posted 01.05.2010 | World

DUBLIN — A Slovak man unwittingly carried hidden explosives on board a weekend flight to Dublin after a Slovakian airport-security test went awr...

China's Harbin Ice And Snow Festival (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.06.2010 | World

(AP) HARBIN, China -- Fairy tale palaces, towering pagodas, and even an Egyptian Sphynx - all carved from ice - are among the sights at this year's Ha...