Bahrain opposition rally draws more than 10,000
The strategic island kingdom - home to [>] the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet - has been in lockdown mode for months as Sunni rulers launched massive arrest sweeps and military patrols to quell the protests. The crackdown included bringing in a 1,500-story Saudi-led military force to back up Bahrain's embattled leadership, which claims that Shiite power Iran seeks to make gains by the unrest.
Bahrain's Shiites account for about 70 percent of the population but allege they are victims of systematic discrimination by the ruling Sunni dynasty, including being barred from top political and military posts.http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ ... 1-13-56-19
Clinton warns Africa of 'new colonialism'
Clinton did not identify any perceived culprits, but a day earlier she had urged scrutiny of China's large investments and business interests in Africa so that the African people are not taken advantage of. She said U.S. diplomats in Africa had been asked to provide Washington with assessments of Chinese projects in the countries to which they are assigned.
After leaving Zambia, Clinton flew to Tanzania, the second stop on a three-nation tour of Africa focused on trade, development, health and women's empowerment. Clinton arrived in Zambia from the United Arab Emirates, where she attended an international conference on Libya. After Tanzania, she will head to Ethiopia before returning to Washington next week.
WHEREVER SUPERPOWER AGENTS GO, DISASTER FOLLOWShttp://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ ... 1-12-21-58
Blasts kills 34 in Pakistan, as CIA chief visits
Saturday's attack took place across the street from the offices of the top [puppet] political agent to Khyber, part of Pakistan's volatile tribal region, and only about 100 yards from [puppet] army housing units. Peshawar borders the tribal region and has been repeatedly hit by bombings over the past few years.
The attack took place as CIA Director Leon Panetta and Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Islamabad, 95 miles (150 kilometers) to the east, to speak separately with senior Pakistani officials about intelligence sharing and [duh] efforts to reconcile with the Taliban.
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Killers of senior RUC men Breen and Buchanan 'cheered'
The two senior police officers were due to go to Dundalk to discuss a joint policing operation targeting top republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13730687
Somali minister Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan killed by niece
Meanwhile, two people are said to have been killed in Mogadishu during protests against a deal to extend the terms of the president and parliament.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13730603
India Maoists kill 10 police in Chhattisgarh mine blast
...in the [Imperial] Indian state of Chhattisgarh....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13723484
IMF targeted by a "serious" cyberattack
The IMF told staffers about it on Wednesday but hasn't released a public announcement. The IMF wouldn't give further details.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/ ... 0668.shtml
Germany's push for Greek debt restructure gathers force
Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker on Saturday backed German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble's proposal of a "soft restructuring" of Greece's debt.
BODY BLOW TO THE SUPERPOWERhttp://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15148370,00.html