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Al Jazeera English - Europe - Police killed in Dagestan attack

Al Jazeera English - Europe - Police killed in Dagestan attack: "At least six police officers have died and another 16 wounded in Dagestan, in Russia's North Caucasus, after being targeted by a suicide car bomber.

The bomber tried to drive a Neva car packed with explosives into a traffic police depot on the outskirts of Makhachkala, the republic's capital, but was rammed by a police jeep before detonating the explosives."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Lethal clashes at Gaza-Egypt border

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Lethal clashes at Gaza-Egypt border: "At least one Egyptian border guard has been killed and 35 Palestinians wounded along the Gaza border during fierce clashes with Egyptian security forces.

A border protest on Wednesday turned violent over frustration that the aid convoy, Viva Palestina, had been delayed.

Egyptian forces opened fire to disperse stone-throwing protesters who had gathered on the Gaza side of the Rafah border crossing, witnesses and medics said."

World Food Program Suspends Aid to Southern Somalia - NYTimes.com

World Food Program Suspends Aid to Southern Somalia - NYTimes.com: "UNITED NATIONS — After weeks of receiving threats and demands that it dismiss many female employees and pay a “security fee” to an Islamic extremist group, the United Nations World Food Program announced Tuesday that it was suspending food deliveries to one million people in southern Somalia indefinitely.

The cutoff, which includes the withdrawal of more than 40 local staff members, will affect roughly one third of the 2.8 million people whom the food program had anticipated feeding in Somalia in January."

U.S. Saw a Path to Qaeda Chiefs Before Bombing - NYTimes.com

U.S. Saw a Path to Qaeda Chiefs Before Bombing - NYTimes.com: "The Jordanian militant for months had been feeding a stream of information about lower-ranking Qaeda operatives to his Jordanian supervisor, Capt. Sharif Ali bin Zeid, to establish his credibility and apparently to help broker a meeting with C.I.A. operatives in Afghanistan.

“He had provided information that checked out, about people in Al Qaeda whom he had access to,” said a senior intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the C.I.A.’s contacts with the Jordanian are classified. “This was one of the agency’s most promising efforts.”

American officials said that Mr. Balawi had strengthened his bona fides in recent months by posting strident, anti-American essays in jihadi Web forums under the name Abu Dujana al-Khorasani. Officials now concede that those essays represented his true beliefs.

Mr. Balawi proved to be one of the oddest double agents in the history of espionage, choosing to kill hi…