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Clinton takes responsibility for security failures in Libya attack

Clinton takes responsibility for security failures in Libya attack

Mary Casey, Jennifer Parker
October 16, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken responsibility for security failures in the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans. In an interview with CNN on Monday, Clinton said that she is in charge of over 60,000 people working for the State Department across the world.

Intervention in Mali: Does R2P Apply?

Intervention in Mali: Does R2P Apply?

James P Rudolph
16 October 2012

 

Six months ago, a coup d’état toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure (“ATT”), the democratically elected leader of Mali, and soon thereafter ATT went into exile; armed groups in the north, inspired by a strict and austere interpretation of Islam and the desire to impose Sharia law on the entire country, have engaged in jihadism, terrorism and arms trafficking; and many of Mali’s cultural treasures and riches have been destroyed by the same armed groups who consider much of modern civilization – i.e., the West – to be decadent and depraved and thus in need of purification.

Tunisia ruling coalition agrees to hold elections next June

Tunisia ruling coalition agrees to hold elections next June

 

Reuters, 14 October 2012

(Reuters) - Tunisia's ruling coalition, led by the Islamic Ennahda Movement, said early on Sunday it had agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 23 with the president being chosen directly by voters.

Mauritania leader Abdelaziz 'accidentally' shot

Mauritania leader Abdelaziz 'accidentally' shot

 

BBC News, 14 October 2012

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz has been shot and wounded in what officials say was an accident.

Tunisia shaken by Islamist video

Tunisia shaken by Islamist video

 

Financia Times, 12 October 2012

A secret meeting between the head of Tunisia’s dominant Islamist party and a group of Salafists, or puritanical Muslims, has shaken the north African country’s political scene and raised questions about the strain of political Islam taking hold across the Arab world.

Mitt Romney: Joe Biden misled on Libya security

Mitt Romney: Joe Biden misled on Libya security

 

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has accused Vice-President Joe Biden of making misleading statements on last month's Libya consulate attack.

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