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Pakistan Militants Carry Out Coordinated Attacks

Pakistan was hard hit by 4 coordinated militant attacks yesterday on the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore and 3 police training centers, 2 in Lahore and 1 in northwestern Pakistan. 37 people died in the attacks, including military personnel, militants, and civilians. The attacks cast doubt on whether security forces can protect the country from militants, especially since it appears that previously unrelated militant groups are increasingly working together, Washington Post.  More on the attack on Pakistan’s military headquarters on October 12, BBC News.

South Korea and the European Union signed a free trade deal that will end or phrase out more than 96% of tariffs on foreign goods between the two. The agreement is expected to boost the South Korean economy, Yonhap.

Christopher Savoie, an American in the midst of a custody dispute case, was released in Japan without being charged with kidnapping. Savoie, who is a naturalized citizen of Japan, took the children from their mother as she walked them to school in late September. Savoie attempted to enter the American consulate to obtain passports for the children, but was arrested while still on Japanese soil. Savoie’s ex-wife had previously broken a custody agreement by fleeing to Japan from the U.S. with the children in August after the couple divorced, CNN.

A new report by the the Catlin Arctic Survey, based on a expedition led by Pen Hadow, says that the Arctic Ocean could be ice free during the summer in as little as 10 years, BBC News.

Pen Hadow said he was shocked by the image of how “in my lifetime we’re looking at changing how the planet looks from space.”

He also described how polar explorers were having to change their methods from the days when sledges could be pulled by dogs over the ice.

“Dogs can swim but they can’t tow a sledge through water which is what’s needed now.”

“Now we have to wear immersion suits and swim and we need sledges that can float. I can foresee needing sledges that are more like canoes that you also pull over the ice.”

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Car Bomb Kills 30 in Pakistan

A car bomb in Lahore, Pakistan has killed at least 30 and injured hundreds others. The bomb went off outside a police and secret service headquarters after men step out of the car and began firing rifles. The attack is thought to be in retaliation for the crackdown on Taliban militants in the Swat Valley, BBC News. Images of the blast, BBC News.

The UN Security Council is scrambling to find the right response to North Korea’s  declaration that it will not abide by the terms of the 1950s armistice that ended the Korea War. Outright military engagement is undesirable as North Korea has a one million member military. Sanctions are not likely to have much effect as North Korea is already very impoverished. The Security Council will try to get North Korea allies Russia and China to apply pressure, CNN.

Illinois Senator Roland Burris caught on tape offering to write a check to disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as he asks for consideration for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama, Washington Post.

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Pakistani Police Back in Control of Sieged Compound

The siege by gunmen of the Manawan police training school in Lahore, Pakistan is over. Gunmen dressed as police stormed the facility on Monday. The initial attack is thought to have killed 20 cadets. Pakistani security forces, who surrounded the compound as up to 800 were held hostage by the gunmen, were able to gain access to the compound and subdue the terrorists using tear gas. Although several arrests have been made, it is also reported that some of the gunmen may have blown themselves up. More information will be posted as official reports come in, Sky News.

Earlier this month, Lahore was the site of an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team which killed six police, two civilians, and wounded several players, AFP.

U.S. President Obama to announce restructuring plan for troubled automakers General Motors and Chrysler. The address is scheduled to begin at 11 am EDT, The Oakland Press.

The Red River continues its retreat from flood levels near Fargo, North Dakota; Winnipeg, Manitoba prepares for ice jams and floods, CBC.

Computer security experts are warning of the “Conficker” worm, a sleeper worm which is thought to be set to trigger on April 1. The worm is believed to infect over 10 million computers worldwide. Windows users can install the Conficker patch at microsoft.com/conficker. Experts advise backing up data before the worm, whose intentions are unknown, is released, National Business Review.

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Live Post: Lahore Terror Attacks

Follow the attacks on the Pakistan police academy here. Continue reading

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