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Iranian Opposition Leader Sends New Warning


IRAN: Top Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is warning Tehran's government it will not be able to put down the reform movement by force, and says he is not afraid to become a martyr. In a statement posted on opposition Web sites (Mousavi's own Kaleme site and Jaras) Friday, the reformer said Iran is in the midst of a "serious crisis." Mousavi warned jailing or killing opposition leaders will not calm the situation. He also called on the government to adopt a five-point plan, which includes freeing political prisoners and establishing new, transparent election laws.

AFGHANISTAN: News reports say this week's suicide attack on a base in eastern Afghanistan struck at the heart of America's covert operations in the region. Former intelligence officers briefed on the incident spoke to major U.S. news outlets on condition of anonymity. They said the base in Khost province (called Forward Operating Base Chapman) was responsible for gathering intelligence along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and then overseeing efforts to kill top militant leaders, often with the use of drones. The intelligence officers also said it appeared that the suicide bomber, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform, was being courted as an informant, and may not have been searched.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani security officials say at least three militants are dead in the second attack by a U.S. drone in as many days. Officials say the drone launched a missile Friday at a car traveling in the North Waziristan tribal region, near the border with Afghanistan. Officials and witnesses said militants later surrounded the blast site and removed the bodies, which were burned beyond recognition. Three people were killed in a U.S. drone attack Thursday in the same area. The United States has been using drones to hit al-Qaida and Taliban targets in the region.

US - AIRLINE ATTACK: U.S. President Barack Obama says he will meet with his security chiefs Tuesday in Washington to discuss how to prevent a repeat of the failed Christmas Day (December 25) attack on a U.S.-bound jetliner. In a written statement Thursday, Mr. Obama said he received preliminary reports from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and another senior official on the "human and systemic failures" that occurred leading up to last Friday's incident. The president says he will review additional reports over the next few days.

US - NOKOR: In a New Year's message Friday, North Korea has called for an end to hostile relations with the United States. A joint editorial by several state newspapers says the fundamental way to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of Asia is to end the hostile relationship between North Korea and the United States. The message, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, also said that North Korea wants a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. It said that can be brought about through dialogue and negotiations.

NEW YEAR'S DAY 2010: Hundreds of thousands of people were on hand in New York City's Times Square at midnight Friday as 2010 finally arrived on the continental United States. The revelers cheered as the traditional crystal ball dropped down a 23-meter long pole during the last minute of 2009. The huge crowd braved frigid temperatures hovering near minus one degree Celsius. New York police were out in force in the historic tourist attraction after a failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner rekindled security fears. Authorities swept the area with biological and radiation detection equipment.

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