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Istanbul - Ten people were killed and 15 wounded by a massive bomb blast some 25 yeards from the historic Blue Mosque this morning, in Istanbul's main tourist area, the Sultanahmet distric, close by the equally famous Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the blast was believed to be "terror-related".

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Mogadishu - At least one person is dead and an unknown number are wounded, following a car bomb attack in the Shibis district, north of the Somali capital early this morning. Although no one has claimed responsibility as yet, government security forces suspect Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terrorists.

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Nigeria - Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least five people and burned several houses in the town of Madagali, in northern Nigeria's Adamawa State, late Sunday night. Local militias recently called on the central government to send more troops to their region, as they stated that they are outnumbered by the militants operating in their region.

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Yemen - On Sunday, a colonel in the country's military intelligence establishment was assassinated in a driveby shooting in the port city of Aden, reportedly using suppressed weapons fired from a moving motorcycle.

On Tuesday, the governor of Aden, Major General Aidarous Zubaidi, and several senior military commanders escaped unharmed a suicide bomb attack on their convoy, which left two guards dead and several others injured. [Source]

Additionally, Tehran's official news agency, FARS, accused the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting the Ansarullah Movement in Yemen of bombing a hospital in an air strike on the 11th. The destruction of the hospital, located in the Swadi District of Yemen's Bayda Province, comes a day after a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical center was bombed in the Razeh district in the northern Yemeni province of Sadaa. MSF stated that attack was the third against it's facilities in the past three months. [Source]

Bahrain - Unknown assailants sprayed the Shis Al-Marzouq Hussainia religious center in the village of Wadyan, Sitra, south of the capital, Manama with bullets in a driveby shooting late on the 11th of January. This is the latest of a rash of incidents against the Shia population in the small country.

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Persian Gulf - In a sharp stumble for US-Iran relations, Iranian naval forces took into custody some ten United States Navy sailors, whose coastal command boats appear to have run aground near the Iranian-claimed island of Farsi. In a phone conversation with the Iranian Prime Minister, US Secretary of State John Kerry was assured that the sailors and their boats would be returned to US control "promptly", although, as of 4pm Eastern Time, this had not occurred.

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India - Indian security forces killed a separatist militant in the village of Gassu, in the Srinagar distrcit of Jammu & Kashmir. An unknown number of other militants are being sought, following the shootout.

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Mindanao, Philippines - A passenger on a public bus in Tacurong City, in the province of Sultan Kudarat on this southern island, alerted the bus driver to a suspicious package. Police discovered a large IED, made from black powder and nails, and connected to a cellphone; the device had failed to detonate, and police disarmed the device. No one has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, but Mindanao Island has long been a stronghold of Islamist guerrillas.

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United States - More than fifteen bomb threats - many made by automated calls - forced the closure of middle and high schools across the states of Delaware and Maryland today.

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