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Explosion Hits Convoy of Palestinian PM

Hamas accused of trying to assassinate Hamdallah

(Newser) - An explosion struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister Tuesday as he was making a rare visit to Gaza, in what his Fatah party called an assassination attempt it blamed on Gaza militants. The explosion went off shortly after the convoy entered Gaza through the Erez crossing with Israel.... More »

Attack on Syrian Aid Convoy a 'Circle of Madness'

Witness tells 'NYT' everything went 'from paradise to hell' in a flash

(Newser) - Assistance for nearly 80,000 people in the Syrian town of Uram al-Kubra was on its way in a 31-truck convoy last week when the endeavor was blown to bits by airstrikes , killing nearly two dozen people and decimating 18 of the convoy's vehicles, per the New York Times ... More »

Syria Aid Convoy 'Bombarded' in Airstrike, 12 Dead

The attack sent a red fireball into the sky

(Newser) - Syria's ceasefire has faltered further after an aid convoy was hit by airstrikes, with activists saying at least 12 people were killed in the attack, mostly truck drivers and Red Crescent workers. The strikes late Monday came just hours after the Syrian military declared the weeklong US-Russian brokered ceasefire... More »

Russia Sends Controversial Convoy Into Ukraine

Kiev calls it an 'invasion'

(Newser) - Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine today without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion." The move sharply raised the stakes in eastern Ukraine, for any attack on... More »

Fearing Trojan Horse, Ukraine Blocks Russia Aid

Says convoy isn't being coordinated via Red Cross, fears military operation

(Newser) - A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine today, but Ukraine said it wouldn't let the mission in because it isn't being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. A Red Cross spokesman said that he... More »

Armed Group Attacks Haiti Food Convoy

UN peacekeepers fire shots, no one hurt

(Newser) - An armed group of Haitians attacked a United Nations food convoy at an airport in a southwest town of the island nation. UN peacekeepers fired warning shots and no one was injured, said officials. Local authorities are attempting to round up escaped prisoners to protect the vulnerable population. UN officials... More »

Taliban Is Paid to Protect US Supply Convoys

US military funding Taliban through contractors

(Newser) - The Taliban is getting a big chunk of its financing by protecting supply convoys to the American military. Security contractors paid by the US to bring supplies into Afghanistan pay huge amounts of protection money to warlords and insurgents, an investigation by the Nation has discovered. Pentagon officials are aware... More »

Fire Blackwater: State Dept. Panel

Security firm's contract should not be renewed, advisory group says

(Newser) - The US military should stop using contractors from Blackwater Worldwide, concludes a report by a State Department advisory panel, obtained by the AP. In light of numerous allegations of violent misconduct, Blackwater’s contract to defend American diplomats should not be renewed when it expires next year, the panel recommends.... More »

Pakistan PM Escapes Convoy Attack

Gilani and others unharmed as leader continues campaigning for Zardari

(Newser) - Three days before Pakistan is to elect a new president, PM Yousuf Gilani escaped an assassination attempt on his caravan outside Islamabad, the BBC reports. No injuries were reported, officials said, citing “robust and comprehensive security measures,” but CNN reports it's unclear whether Gilani was present in the... More »

Canadian Convoy Bombed in Afghanistan

Attack precedes Canada's vote on unpopular operation

(Newser) - A suicide attack on a Canadian convoy in Afghanistan killed a civilian, injured at least one soldier, and set ablaze a nearby home less than half a mile from the Canadian base of operations in Kandahar. The Taliban took credit for the attack, which comes just as Canada is about... More »

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