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What to do in Yemen: Five Basic Suggestions

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Over the past several days I have been asked numerous times to explain what I think the US should do in Yemen, and while I am not a policymaker and generally shy away from making prescriptions – largely because I do not always trust the people tasked with implementing them – I have made a list of ...

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U.S. to Strike Yemen

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“The US is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida over its attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day. American officials say intelligence efforts are focused on identifying and tracking down those who plotted to put Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on the plane with enough ...

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Full-Body Scanners

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“The Netherlands announced Wednesday it will begin using more full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, issuing a report that called the failed Christmas Day airline bombing a ‘professional’ al-Qaida terror attack. A top Dutch official said a scanner of that type might have ...

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Eight C.I.A. Killed

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“The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Wednesday that killed eight Americans believed to be CIA employees. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the attack in Khost province was carried out by a bomber wearing an explosives-laden vest. He, however, said that 13 U.S. soldiers ...

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Астероид

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“Russia’s top space researchers will hold a closed-door meeting to plan a mission to deflect 99942 Apophis, an asteroid that will fly close to Earth two decades from now, said Anatoly N. Perminov, the head of Russia’s space agency, during an interview on Russian radio on Wednesday. Mr. Perminov said ...

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Déjà Vu

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“Li Nan has real estate fever. A 27- year-old steel trader at China Minmetals, a state-owned commodities company, Li lives with his parents in a cramped 700- square-foot apartment in west Beijing. Li originally planned to buy his own place when he got married, but after watching Beijing real estate ...

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Forget Free

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“It promises to go down to the wire and be every bit as exciting as an episode of 24. As the clocks chime in the new year, Rupert Murdoch's main US television channel Fox – home to The Simpsons, American Idol and 24 – may disappear from millions of homes. In one of the most vicious media disputes in ...