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Blocks away from a bomb

April 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

All four of the Alexandria area women who were competing at the Boston Marathon Monday are OK after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race.
Three people were killed and more than 140 injured by the blasts, according to news reports. Continue Reading

To nowhere and back: Burmeister shares story of 1970 hijacking in book

July 20, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON The banner headline on the front page of the Sept. 8, 1970, Daily Globe proclaimed “Hijackers threaten lives of 180,” and the Associated Press story beneath it recounted the taking of several airliners by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an Arab guerrilla organization. Continue Reading

Thailand authorities: Iranians planned to attack Israeli diplomats

February 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Three Iranians detained after accidentally setting off explosives in Bangkok were planning to attack Israeli diplomats, Thailand’s top policeman said today in the first confirmation by local officials that the group was plotting attacks in Thailand. Continue Reading

YEMEN: Al-Qaida captures town south of capital

January 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The capture of the town of Radda expanded already significant territorial conquests by the militants, who have taken advantage of the weak central government and political turmoil roiling the nation for the past year during an anti-regime uprising inspired by Arab Spring revolts.
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Senate supports military’s harboring of terror suspects

December 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate moved methodically today to complete a massive defense bill that would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention. Continue Reading

AFGHANISTAN: Former president’s assasination damages peace hopes

September 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Supporters of the slain Burhanuddin Rabbani angrily warned today that there is no hope in seeking negotiations, a key policy of President Hamid Karzai that the United States has backed. “How are we supposed to negotiate with these wild devils?” said the governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor. “We need peace, but peace with who? We want peace with people who know the value of peace.”
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Terrorist attacks forced new emergency approach

September 9, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL Even the dark smoke clouds billowing out of the Twin Towers, a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon 10 years ago contained a silver lining. Continue Reading

Baghdad Catholic church siege ends with 52 dead

November 1, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 52 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said today. Continue Reading

Second attack on NATO convoy in Pakistan

October 1, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Assailants in Pakistan launched two separate attacks today on vehicles carrying fuel for NATO and American forces in Afghanistan, highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing.
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