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Pakistan Moves Troops Toward Indian Border

Shift comes amid tensions after Mumbai crisis

(Newser) - Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India today amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said. The move represents a sharp escalation in the standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors and will hurt Pakistan's US-backed campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban taking place near...

Georgia Accuses Russia of Bombing Civilians

President says his nation is defending against aggressors

(Newser) - Russian troops are targeting civilians in their assault on Georgia, President Mikhail Saakashvili told CNN today. “This is the worst nightmare one can encounter,” he said. “They've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population, and we have scores of wounded and dead....

Russian Troops Enter Georgia

25 dead in border face-off with breakaway group

(Newser) - Russia entered the fight today between the US-backed republic of Georgia and the breakaway region of South Ossetia, the New York Times reports. Russian tanks rolled into the disputed region to back Ossetian rebels, and Georgia shot down two Russia aircraft, the AP reports. The violence is the worst in...

16 Killed in China Border Attack

East Turkistan Islamic Movement suspected

(Newser) - A pair of supected Islamic terrorists attacked a border post in western China and killed 16 paramilitary police officers, hacking some of them with knives, reports CNN, quoting the Xinhua news agency. The two crashed a truck into a group of officers jogging near the station and then lobbed two...

Border Agents Have Right to Seize Any Traveler's Laptop

Homeland Security 'update' outlines sweeping powers

(Newser) - US border agents can seize laptop computers or other electronc devices from any traveler entering the country and keep them indefinitely, even without suspicion of wrongdoing, the Washington Post reports. A policy update released by Homeland Security, dated July 16, says agents can keep any information-storing device they please and...

Venezuelan Diplomats to Return to Colombia

Ecuador not ready to reconcile after standoff

(Newser) - Venezuela will return its diplomats to Colombia after last week’s border crisis was largely resolved at a regional summit. Ecuadorean diplomats say it will take longer for them to return, reports the BBC. Colombian forces killed an important rebel leader inside Ecuador last week, provoking a bristling regional standoff.

Gazans Reopen Border Wall

Moves comes after Egypt tried to seal border

(Newser) - Hours after Egypt began sealing its breached border with Gaza, Palestinians reopened a new hole in the wall with a bulldozer, the BBC reports. Egyptian security forces had begun using human chains and water cannons this morning to stem the flow of Palestinians, but authorities offered little resistance when the...

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