• Pakistani Taliban blacklisted by Canada

    Canadian officials have designated the Pakistani Taliban as a terrorist group for its attempted New York Time’s Square car bomb; the Pakistani Taliban have also been linked to a plot to blow up Canada’s Parliament; so far the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other western nations have already blacklisted the terrorist group; the Tehreek-e-Taliban are based in Pakistan’s tribal region near Afghanistan

  • India calls Pakistan "global epicenter of terror"

    India”s home minister P. Chidambaram called Pakistan the “global epicenter of terrorism”; Chidambaram added that the country was promoting terror infrastructure as “state policy” against India and that” the vast infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan has for long flourished as an instrument of state policy”; the minister’s remarks came last Friday as the opening speech to the U.S.- India security dialogues

  • Al Qaeda threatens UAV company's executives

    Al Qaeda is potentially targeting eleven senior executives of AeroVironment Inc., a Los Angeles based maker of unmanned surveillance vehicles; the names of the eleven executives have been posted on several jihadist websites as potential targets for assassination; the company has been in touch with the FBI

  • Fort Hood shooter could receive death sentence

    Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the man accused of killing thirteen people and wounding thirty-two in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, could face the death penalty during his court martial; Fort Hood’s commander has referred Hasan’s case to a general court martial which “is authorized to consider death as an authorized punishment”

  • Bradley Manning's chat logs with gay activist published

    The Guardian has obtained the full chat logs of between Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of providing massive amounts of sensitive data to WikiLeaks, and Zach Antolak, a gay activist; the logs offer an inner glimpse into the psyche of Manning and details his inner turmoil and growing problems within the U.S. Army

  • Core machinery orders in Japan increase 3 percent

    In a sign that Japan has slowly begun to rebuild after the devastating 11 March earthquake and tsunami, orders for Japan’s core machinery rose 3 percent in May over April; April’s orders actually slumped 3.3 percent; demand was driven primarily from construction firms which increased 41.5 percent, in contrast two months prior their orders only accounted for 2 percent of orders

  • China cracks down on internet over rumors of Jiang Zemin's death

    Rumors of Jiang Zemin’s death have prompted China’s Internet censors to clamp down on the internet even further; Jiang Zemin, who led the country before President Hu Jintao, was rumored to be dead or gravely ill after failing to attend the country’s 90th anniversary of the Communist Party celebrations; authorities have gone so far as to ban all searches on the former leader’s name and even “jiang,” which means river in Chinese

  • Droughts in Cuba worst in decades

    Since 2009, Cuba has been suffering one of its worst droughts in decades; a recent study by Cuba’s National Institute of Meteorology found that over the past fifty years, droughts have become more prevalent and more severe; in the second half of the 20th century, Cuba has experienced an average 34 degree Fahrenheit increase in surface air temperature