Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chapter 3: Covering the First 5 days of 2012 - Dedicated to My Brother, for Today is His Birthday

1 January 2012

BBC News (World): Funeral in Bahrain sparks protest

Reuters Top News: China dissident-lawyer Gao jailed in far west: brother

PressTV: Saleh forces kill 3 people across #Yemen

BBC News (World): How the Amazon rainforest is being saved

CNN International: Egypt moves up next round of elections

PressTV: Police clash with protesters in #Turkey 

Reuters: Boat capsizes off Lamu in Kenya, at least 7 dead 

PressTV: Taliban strike #US Bagram Air Base

Park ranger shot at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington; park closed until further notice - thenewstribune

Reuters: U.S. consumer in the slow lane

Breaking News: Egypt changes timeline for parliamentary elections; will be over by Feb. 28, meeting key demand of pro-revolutionary groups - @NBCNews

PressTV: DR Congo failed prison break kills 9

BBC News (World): Biker killed as Dakar rally opens

Telegraph #worldNews: Soldier killed in Afghanistan named as 19-year-old

AP: Pakistan accuses Iranian forces of killing 1 man, wounding another on its territory: -CJ

Breaking News: Egypt's presidential elections process to begin April, says report - @DailyNewsEgypt

AP: 68 arrested as hundreds of Occupy protesters confront police in NYC on New Year's Eve: -CJ

Al Arabiya English: Coordination committees say 10 protesters were killed today across #Syria

Al Arabiya English: #Tunisia says four guards kidnapped at the #Libyan border, but three quickly escaped

PressTV: 'Israel killed 180 Palestinians in 2011'

Press TV: Bahrain intensifies crackdown on protestors

2 teens charged with aggravated arson as firefighters battle blaze at former clock factory in Illinois - NewsTrib

AP: Crash in California casino area leaves 14 injured, two critically. -MM

cnni: Syrian opposition group: More than 5,800 died in 2011 

cnni: Hundreds hurt in Philippines festivities

AP: Official says a bomb killed am anti-Taliban militiaman in Pakistani tribal area. -MM 

AP: Yemenis rally in major cities, demand President Saleh face trial for killings during uprising: -CJ

AP: Huge fire erupts, burns for hours in a former clock factory in Peru, Ill., nearby residents evacuated: -CJ

Carlos Soria, governor of Rio Negro state, Argentina, dies from gunshot to head during New Year's celebrations - AP

guardiannews: Congo prisoners killed by grenade blunder

cnni: Four killed in Pakistan explosions

Reuters: Libyan militia chief claims 2stop plot by Gaddafi supporters2 blow up Tripoli's power grid on New Year's eve.

Reuters: Two dead, 561 injured at New Year celebrations in Italy - Interior Ministry

Reuters: Nigeria regulator announces end to fuel subsidies

Post #WorldNews: Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet for first time in more than a year

AlArabiya_Eng: Child sacrificed, liver offered to gods: Indian police

AP: Clashes erupt between opposition supporters and police after teen's funeral in #Bahrain: -CJ

Exxon awarded $908 million over Venezuela's 2007 nationalization of assets; less than 10% what it sought - @Reuters

AJELive: #ArabLeague observers face calls4their immediate withdrawal, while divisions re-emerge among #Syria opposition

AlArabiya_Eng: Iraqi civilian deaths in Dec lowest level in 2011

PressTV: Nigeria ethnic clashes leave 50 dead

The Associated Press: #Iran claims another feat in nuclear program, says it's produced nuclear fuel rod for first time. -MM

AJELive: Police raided New York's Zuccotti Park, clearing Occupy Wall St protesters and making several arrests:

alexnhicken: Happy New Year!

CNN Breaking News: A magnitude 7.0 #earthquake hits #Japan, 302 miles south-southwest of #Tokyo, according to US Geological Survey. No #tsunami warning issued

The Associated Press: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits eastern Japan, no danger of a tsunami. No reports of damage or injuries. -MM

BBC News (World): Nigerian ethnic clashes kill 50

Breaking News: Update: Another Hollywood car fire, this time at big garage near New Year's Eve revelers

NYTimes World: Euro Has 10-Year Anniversary, but Few Are Celebrating

Breaking News: Update: Occupy Wall Street protesters surge back into New York's Zuccotti Park

2 January 2012

nytimes #worldnews: Boycott by Reformers Could Undermine Elections in Iran

nytimes #worldnews: China Set to Punish Another Human Rights Activist

Al Arabiya English: #Egyptians set to vote in final round of landmark post-revolution election that has pushed Islamist movements into politics #AlArabiya

guardian #worldnews: Man dressed as 'Father Frost' stabbed to death in Tajikistan

2 Arrested in Torture of Afghan Girl

nytimes #worldnews: Global Update: New H.I.V. Cases and AIDS Deaths Plummet in British Columbia

HuffPost #Worldnews: 6 women fined since April for violating France's Islamic veil ban

PressTV: US Rose Parade gets 'Occupied'

Post World News: Cuban prisoner angry he was not part of pardon dies of heart attack during hunger strike

BBC #Worldnews: Singapore's economic growth slows

wsj #worldnews: China's New Leaders Get in Line

BBC News (World): VIDEO: Nigeria protests at fuel price rise

CNN International: 4,000-plus Iraqi civilians killed in 2011

Al Jazeera English: Video: Islamists lead as #Egypt votes in third round

 AJELive: #Kashmir power cut protest turns deadly

guardian #worldnews: Weak manufacturing output signals eurozone's slide to recession

The Associated Press: APNewsBreak: One-third of states may miss truck driver rules deadline, risk losing road money -CJ

PressTV: Bahraini troops attack anti-regime rally

BBCWorld: Mount Rainer gunman 'found dead'

Reuters: Tens of thousands protest against Hungary government

Post World News: Chile battles 3 huge wildfires; 1 killed, tourists evacuated, losses in millions

Daily Telegraph News: Nigeria: al-Qaeda-linked group gives Christians 3-day deadline

Breaking News: European stocks rally in thin trading during first session of 2012 - MarketWatch

Guardian news: Police forces confess 944 officers have a criminal record

The Associated Press: Police: Rainier gunman may have fled to park to hide following earlier shooting that left 4 wounded: -CJ

guardian #worldnews: Iran currency plunges in value as US strengthens sanctions

BBC News (World): Meet the Republican presidential candidates making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses

The Associated Press: Police: "We do have a very hot and dangerous situation." All visitors evacuated from Rainier; gunman sought: -CJ

Reuters Top News: New York firebomb attacks hit mosque, Hindu site

Reuters Top News: Libyans linked to Gaddafi can't run in election: draft

PressTV: Bomb blast kills 4 soldiers in #Pakistan

PressTV: Pakistanis hold anti-govt. rally

AJEnglish: Video: Thailand's flood waters threaten marine life

BBCMarkMardell: The icy wind in Iowa cuts like a blade but this is why the knife edge contest matters

 #worldnews: Britain braced for stormy weather

PressTV: Pakistan blocks Afghan trade containers

Reuters Top News: China says latest bird flu virus doesn't jump between humans

Telegraph #Worldnews: Colombian president welcomes death of drug lord

Reuters: Factory output subdued going into 2012

BBC #Worldnews: Kenya boat capsize 'kills many'

BBC #Worldnews: Euro manufacturing decline eases

Post #WorldNews: Pakistani government yet to decide what to do with detained Iranian border guards

Reuters: Up to 50,000 flee South Sudan tribal turmoil: U.N.

AP: #NATO hopes for quick reopening of supply routes via #Pakistan, says closure is damaging. -MM #Afghanistan

PressTV: #Egyptian men walk past electoral posters plastered on a wall in al-Arish on January 2, 2012

AlArabiya_Eng: Four workers were killed in an explosion at an army ammunition storage depot in central Turkey: Anatolia

Telegraph #worldNews: Martial law to end in Fiji after nearly three years

AP: Study says that with more wolves and fewer elk, trees rebounding in portions of Yellowstone National Park: -CJ

guardianworld: OK, first some good news: India set to defeat polio, a gay old people's home, and... more later #2012

cnni: Toxic moonshine kills 17 in India

Daily Telegraph News: Kidnapped woman found dead in abondoned car

AP: Bird flu strain that killed man was from poultry, not human, transmission, Chinese city says. -MM

BreakingNews: LA firefighters are responding to 9 fires, all apparently started simultaneously - LA Times

PressTV: Greek pharmacists, doctors stage strike

AlArabiya_Eng: Arab League head Nabil El-Araby says military has withdrawn from #Syria cities, snipers still a threat: Reuters

The Associated Press: Police: "We do have a very hot and dangerous situation." All visitors evacuated from Rainier; gunman sought: -CJ

PressTV: Iraqi minister survives bomb attack

AP: Arab League chief says shooting continues in Syria, calls for complete cease-fire: -CJ

AP: BREAKING: Arab League chief says Syrian regime withdrew heavy weapons from cities, freed 3,484 prisoners

AJEnglish: Thousands flee South Sudan tribal conflict

Post #WorldNews: Myanmar's government reduces sentences for many prisoners

CBSNews: #LAPD says person being questioned over possibly connection to #arson attacks:

AP: Yemeni officials: French journalist found dead in Sanaa hotel room, strangled by wire and tied to a bed: -CJ

The Associated Press: Crowd fights #Chinese police at #mosque demolition; 80 people reportedly detained. _MM

Sky News Newsdesk: Four people found dead in house in Peterlee, County Durham after suspected firearms incident

Breaking News: Iran successfully tests a long-range missile during a naval exercise - official IRNA news agency via Reuters

Reuters Top News: Iran plans to test-fire two long range missiles on Monday in gulf drill - military official

Daily Telegraph News: Former Argentine spy chief shot dead in Patagonia

Press TV: Over 5,800 OWS protesters arrested

Post World News: Philippines reports 1st death in dangerous New Year’s eve revelries, 739 injured

Press TV: The Taliban have attacked the largest American military base in Afghanistan on the first day of the New Year...

Press TV: Israelis protest segregation on buses

Breaking News: 4 firebombing attacks in Queens, NY, being investigated as bias crimes with Muslims as targets - @nytimes

Breaking News: 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles northern tip of Indonesia; no immediate reports of damage - AFP

BBC News (World): Activist Anna Hazare recovering

The Associated Press: Federal prison in north Louisiana on lockdown after fights break out; five inmates hospitalized. -MM

BBC News (World): Vote nears for Iowa Republicans

Press TV: Scottish doctors to strike over cuts

3 January 2012

CNN Breaking News: Romney, Santorum tied in Iowa caucuses, with Santorum ahead by just 19 votes after 99% reporting.

PressTV: Mexico drug war deaths 12000 in 2011

Breaking News: 5 people dead, 4 injured in building collapse in Delhi - @ndtv

PressTV: Bahraini forces kill anti-regime woman

Al Arabiya English: Syria’s death toll up as Arab mission criticized; rebel leader threatens more attacks

PressTV: 100 Italian newspapers facing closure #worldnews

nytimes #worldnews: Taliban to Open Political Office in Qatar

NYTimes World: World Briefing | Africa: Libya: 2 Killed in Militia Gun Battle in Tripoli

NYTimes World: Mother of Arson Suspect Faces Own Legal Fight

nytimes #worldnews: In Hills of Liguria, a Struggle for Restoration After a Storm

NYTimes World: Transnistria Shooting Raises Tensions for Russia and Moldova

nytimes #worldnews: World Briefing | Africa: Niger: Arson Destroys Anti-Corruption Files

NYTimes World: World Briefing | Africa: Morocco: Islamists Get Top Posts in Government

PressTV: NY police raid Occupy office, make arrests #worldnews

Post World News: Official tally: Jamaica opposition dominates Parliament with 2-to-1 margin

Breaking News: Iowa caucuses begin at 8 pm ET; Follow the 1st nominating contest of the 2012 election at

Press TV: Israel approves more illegal settler units

The Associated Press: NY indictment: 3 Swiss bankers conspired to hide $1.2 billion in US taxpayer money from IRS: -CJ

Al Jazeera English: US vows to stay in Gulf despite Iran warning

PressTV: Saudi holding 5 'wanted' protesters #worldnews

BBC News (World): VIDEO: Iowa vote begins 2012 campaign

BBC News (World): Yemeni soldiers killed in clashes

Al Jazeera English: Jordan praises Israeli-Palestinian talks

Al Jazeera English: Triple bombing targets Kandahar police

Al Jazeera English: In Depth: Seven years after sieges, Fallujah struggles

AJEnglish: Nigeria fuel price protests turn violent

Al Jazeera English: Nigeria fuel price protests turn violent

wsj #worldnews: Turkish Inflation Soars

AJEnglish: Man arrested in Los Angeles arson spree #worldnews

PressTV: Spain's jobless rate hits new high

Telegraph #Worldnews: Bus falls off cliff in Bolivia

Reuters: Iran sentences former president's daughter to jail

Zambia Report: Zambia's economy grows by 6.5 pc - Times of Zambia

Breaking #worldNews: South Korea lifts temporary ban on travel to North Korea as mourning period ends - Yonhap

CBSNews: NATO's Afghan task: Planning removal of $30B of state-of-the-art weaponry, vehicles accumulated over 10 years

wsj #worldnews: Former Libyan Rebels Clash in Tripoli

wsj #worldnews: Hong Kong on Alert Over Bird Flu

CBS #worldNews: Three dead in separate Montana avalanches

AJEnglish: Video: Mexico drug violence claims staggering toll

BBC #Worldnews: Deadly bug in new Hong Kong HQ

BBC #Worldnews: In pictures: Tens of thousands protest in #Hungary against new constitution

PressTV: Gas shortage sparks protest in #Pakistan. 

TheEconomist: Infrastructure in India: Infrastruggles

Reuters: #Greece must finalise bailout deal agreed by #EU in Oct or face #Euro exit - Govt spokesman

BBC #Worldnews: Nigerians protest at fuel hikes

Post #WorldNews: Truck, bus collide in central China, killing 13, injuring 41

BBC #Worldnews: Blizzards and gales hit Scotland

AlArabiya_Eng: Syria says "terrorists" blow up gas pipeline supplying two power plants in central Syria: state news agency

AJEnglish: Jordan hosts #Israel-Palestinian talks

AP: At end of drill, #Iran army chief warns US aircraft carrier not to return to Persian Gulf. -MM

AlArabiya_Eng: Seven people have been killed by the fire of Syrian security forces: Syrian activists

BBC #Worldnews: Five injured in Cyprus base demo

BBC #Worldnews: Germany's jobless rate at new low

AJEnglish: 'Catastrophe zones' declared in Chile forest

AJELive: Death toll in Kandahar suicide bombing rises to at least 5, w/ 16 others wounded: Afghan police. #Afghanistan

guardian #worldnews: Turkey to compensate air-strike victims

BBC #Worldnews: Special Afghan police unit to hunt husband of tortured 15-yr-old bride Sahar Gul #Afghanistan

AP: World music star Ndour challenges #Senegal's aging leader with presidency bid. -MM 

BBC #Worldnews: VIDEO: Bush fires spread in Australia

guardian #worldnews: Youssou N'Dour to run for Senegal presidency

AP: Alleged Saudi hackers disclose credit card information of thousands of Israelis. -MM

PressTV: US-led soldier killed in southern #Afghanistan

World Briefing | The Americas: Peru: Mine Protest Resumes

Morocco’s new cabinet to be unveiled Tuesday; expected to include 28 ministers

CBS #worldNews: Human remains found on British queen's estate

BBCWorld: Asian stocks begin year with gain

Post #WorldNews: Taiwan presidential race darkened by charges of intelligence service monitoring of challenger

4 January 2012

Al Arabiya English: Egyptian Nasserist presidential hopeful comments on new parliament, discusses his presidential platform.

Al Arabiya English: #BreakingNews: At least 6 killed, 17 wounded in two explosions in Baghdad’s Sadr city area, say Iraqi police

NYTimes World: World Briefing | Europe: Protest Leader Sergei Udaltsov Freed in Russia

Breaking News: 6 police officers shot, being treated for gunshot wounds in Ogden, Utah; suspect in custody - @ktvx

BBC News (World): US sales fall at Toyota and Honda

Breaking News: Pakistani militants claim to have killed 15 soldiers they kidnapped last month - @AP

HuffPostWorld: Overloaded bus slips off snowy bridge, killing at least 18

HuffPostWorld: Inmates' relatives storm Venezuelan prison

Al Jazeera English: Feature: Counter-insurgency used by #Brazil police in a crackdown on drug lords in the favelas #wikileaks

CNN Breaking News: At least 31 killed in Mexican prison riot. #Mexico

Post World News: Australian kidnapped in Philippines urges governments to help raise $2 million ransom in video

PressTV: In Greece, default looming large again

PressTV: Saudi youths stage anti-regime rally

PressTV: Several injured during Morocco protest

PressTV: Brazil storms kill 7, displace 1000s

AP: Officials say more than 100 remain buried in the rubble after a deadly landslide in the Philippines: -MS

Dorothy Lamar: Asian Markets Inch Lower, Nikkei Down 0.5%: Asian markets are down in early trading tonight. Australia's S&P/ASX is down 1.2% 

BBC #Worldnews: Deadly floods hit southern Brazil

AP: BREAKING: Officials say landslide kills at least 25 in southern Philippines; more missing.

Al Jazeera English: Video: Pakistan's women get first abuse hotline

BBC #Worldnews: Rwandan rebels 'kill 26 in DRC'

Breaking News: Ton of marijuana seized from boat off California coast; 10 arrested - latimes

BBC News (World): VIDEO: Bachmann suspends White House bid

HuffPostWorld: Militia reportedly kills 26 civilians in Congo

Al Arabiya English: Three bomb blasts hit northern #Nigerian cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu, but no details of casualties are immediately available

Al Jazeera English: Jose Graziano da Silva is the new head of the UN's #food agency. Can he tackle the food #security challenges ahead? |

The Associated Press: Scientists: Honey bee die-off might be due to parasite that hijacks the bees' bodies and causes them to abandon hives:

CNNMoney: Stocks claw back from earlier losses to finish mostly higher. Dow adds 22 points. Nasdaq and S&P 500 end flat

Al Jazeera English: #SomaliaSpeaks - "I have 7 children and their father is in Garoowe. Life is very difficult for me"

The Associated Press: BREAKING: Obama appointing three nominees to fill out stalled labor board, get around GOP

Daily Telegraph News: German President admits 'grave mistake' but refuses to resign

PressTV: #Unemployment surges in #Saudi Arabia

Al Arabiya English: 21 protesters killed across #Syria: revolution council #Alarabiya

TIMEWorld: After 18 years, two British men finally face justice for a racial murder |

Press TV: An #Egyptian soldier checks the #ID card of #women at the entrance of a polling station

Breaking News: WA Gov. Gregoire to introduce legislation to legalize gay marriage. 'It's the right thing to do' - Seattle Times

PressTV: US stocks fall on euro debt concerns

BBC #Worldnews: Norway killer is 'not psychotic'

Reuters Top News: Argentina's Fernandez recovering well after surgery

The Associated Press: BREAKING: US prosecutors: Mexican cartel figure Arellano Felix to plead guilty to unspecified charges. -EF

BBC News (World): Syria 'deceiving' Arab monitors

BBC #Worldnews: Kazakh town's emergency extended

Reuters: Mass grave found in Afghan army compound: officials

Telegraph World News: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's cancer operation 'successful'

HuffPostWorld: WATCH: Inside Chile's student protests

PressTV: Cambodian women carry their babies as residents are evicted from a slum village in the centre of Phnom Penh

guardian #worldnews: Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

BBC #Worldnews: Poisoned cat stew 'killed tycoon'

HuffPost #Worldnews: Raid on Yemeni hotel that served alcohol leaves 2 dead

Breaking #worldNews: Chrysler's US sales in 2011 increase 26%; best annual sales since 2008 - @CNBC's @Lebeaucarnews

cnnbrk: Record lows, highs reported in day of extremes for weather across United States.

BBC #Worldnews: In pictures: Storms lash the UK

guardian #worldnews: Aum cult fugitive was turned away from Tokyo police station when he attempted to give himself up

Post #WorldNews: Indonesian court jails wife of Bali bombing suspect on immigration violations

PressTV: A Bahraini woman has been killed in a tear gas attack by the Saudi-backed regime forces on an anti-government.

PressTV: #Iranian forces seize 10 tons of drugs

PressTV: 6 children injured in #Pakistan violence

Breaking #worldNews: Inflation in the 17 countries that use the euro eases to 2.8 pct in December from 3 pct - AP

Ford to invest $142m in India to manufacture a new global compact SUV at the company's plant in Chennai - Reuters

AlArabiya: 30 people held pending investigation in the case of bombing the mosque at the presidential complex in Sanaa: #Yemeni news agency

guardian #worldnews: Romney wins Iowa by eight votes - video

AP: Bomb attacks targeting homes of Iraqi police officers kill two children, wound nine people. -MM

AP: Reinsurer says earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand make 2011 industry's costliest yet. -MM

PressTV: Cholera kills 25 more Somali children

BBC #Worldnews: In pictures: Chile battles wildfires

Reuters Top News: Singapore PM faces 36 pct pay cut, still world's best paid

Al Arabiya English: Gunmen attack police station in northern Nigeria; one dead: police

NYTimes World: Jamaica’s Opposition Easily Wins Election

AlArabiya_Eng: Eight explosions rock the houses of security officials in the Iraqi city of Baqouba

The Associated Press: As #Romney and #Santorum battle for lead, #Iowa caucus vote still too close to call a winner. -MM

5 January 2012

CNN International: U.S. jails Pakistani 4 years in terror case

nytimes #worldnews: World Briefing | Europe: Sweden: Wave of Shootings Shakes Malmo

nytimes #worldnews: World Briefing | Africa: Congo: 45 Civilians Killed in South Kivu

NYTimes World: In South Sudan, Massacre of 3,000 Is Reported

Guardian news: Ai Weiwei given hope of tax reprieve

Al Arabiya English: Arab monitors escape attack by Syrian forces in Damascus suburb

Post World News: Turkey’s former military chief arrested over alleged anti-government plot

The Associated Press: Rescue work resumes in Philippine landslide; number of missing unknown: -CJ

PressTV: Militants blow up school in NW #Pakistan

PressTV: 4 #US-led troops killed in #Afghanistan #NATO

 AJELive: A man arrested at #OccupyOakland is potentially facing a life sentence because of California's '3 strikes' law

AlArabiya_Eng: Syria forces kill two protesters early Friday

NYTimes World: After Brief Calm, Europe Again Worries Over Debt

Press TV: Euro falls to 16-month low vs. dollar

CNN Breaking News: #Colombia to return mistakenly deported teen to U.S.

Press TV: Iraq attacks death toll climbs to 78

Post World News: Police detain 20 suspects in northeastern Mexico prison riot that killed 31 inmates

Al Jazeera English: Eurozone debt doubts drag euro down

BBC News (World): Turkey seeks ex-army chief arrest

NYTimes World: Afghanistan Shuts Down Canadian Security Company GardaWorld

Al Jazeera English: Senior Syrian official defects over crackdown

Post World News: Portia Simpson Miller sworn in 2nd time as Jamaica’s prime minister after big election victory

cnni: Clashes in Cameroon enter sixth day 

Al Jazeera English: Video: Ravages of Brazilian floods remain

MarketWatch: Australia's S&P/ASX 200 opens down 0.2% at 4,136.00

Breaking News: Sudden shift in Chilean wildfire kills 6 firefighters, badly burns 2; 1 still missing - @AP

Al Jazeera English: Video: The tragic killing of Anuj Bidve

Post World News: Bosnia’s top cultural institutions shutting down, victims of political quarreling

MarketWatch: U.S. markets recover from early jitters Thursday as Nasdaq, S&P 500 post gains

The Associated Press: Police say 2 people shot dead in slaying-suicide at Augusta, Ga. food processing center: -CJ

BBC Breaking News: Power supplies restored to 7,000 customers cut off during this week's storms in #Scotland, says Scottish Hydro

The Associated Press: BREAKING: Pastor: 3 dead, others wounded after attack on church in northeast Nigeria amid sect violence.

Post World News: EPA: Toxic emissions drop in Puerto Rico, rise in US Virgin Islands

guardiannews: Cancer-related deaths continue to decline in US

Guardian news: Iraqi militia say sorry over death of kidnapped Briton Alan McMenemy - video

CNN Breaking News: For first time in history, digital #music sales top physical sales.

robmarcianoCNN: 5.3 magnitude #earthquake 34 miles W of Santo Domigno, DR. Strong shaking reported

Reuters: Obama plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops

AJEnglish: Nigerian police fire tear gas on protesters

MarketWatch: Australia's S&P/ASX 200 opens down 1.2% at 4,136.00

MarketWatch: Japanese stocks open lower, with tech shares weak; Nikkei Average down 0.7%

MarketWatch: Hong Kong stocks tick higher, with energy shares rising; Hang Seng Index up 0.3%

MarketWatch: Dow industrials off 70 points as U.S. stocks retreat at Thursday open

 MarketWatch: More jobs data: Planned job cuts announced by U.S. employers declined in December to 41,785, 1.6%

MarketWatch: Gold ends 0.5% higher at $1,620.10 an ounce

Al Arabiya English: 29 people have been shot dead by Syrian security forces: Syrian activists

 Al Arabiya English Arab monitors to stay in Syria despite ‘mistakes’; opposition to try to resolve rift

Al Arabiya English: US says next Israel-Palestinian meeting to take place on Monday Jan. 9: Reuters

Al Arabiya English: Tunisian man sets himself afire in front of government office: local sources

AJELive: Death toll in #Iraq attacks rises to 70 #AJE #shia #sunni

BBC News (World): Six police officers shot in Utah

BBC News (World): Thousands flee Brazil dam burst

BBC News (World): Pakistan Taliban free 17 hostages

CNN International: Pakistan Taliban boss seized in Karachi

CNN International: Red Cross worker abducted in Pakistan

BBC #Worldnews: Kidnapped tribal police shot dead

Telegraph #worldNews: #eurozone Italian 10-year bond yields have hit 7.02pc.

PressTV: Several injured in #Bahrain crackdown

BBC #Worldnews: #Syria govt says it has freed 552 political prisoners who have "no blood on their hands" - state TV.

AlArabiya_Eng: Syrian Revolution General Commission: 14 people killed by security force gunfire across Syria today.

Telegraph #worldNews: Diane Abbott faces calls to resign after tweeting: 'White people love playing divide and rule'

guardian #worldnews: Committee set to reject Nick Clegg's plans for Lords reform

Guardian news: Pakistan Taliban kill 15 security officers

Post World News: Wild elephant tramples 3 villagers to death in village in southeastern Nepal

Dorothy Lamar: Global turmoil hurt fund investors in 2011: The average stock mutual fund lost 2.9% in 2011, hurt by events from abroad.

Dorothy Lamar: Mount Rainier National Park To Reopen Saturday: Mount Rainier National Park to reopen Saturday

Breaking News: Cambodia's former anti-drug head gets life sentence for corruption, drug trafficking - Xinhua

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