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Bomb suspect may not have begun trip in Ghana
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bomb suspect may not have begun trip in Ghana

A Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day may not have begun his journey in Ghana, a Ghanaian airport official said on Saturday.

Karzai visits south Afghanistan, rockets land nearby
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Karzai visits south Afghanistan, rockets land nearby

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited the southerly Helmand province on Saturday, where he condemned recent foreign air strikes that have killed civilians, and two rockets apparently exploded nearby.

Picasso, other art works stolen from French villa
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Picasso, other art works stolen from French villa

Thieves have stolen about 30 paintings, including a work by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, from a private villa in the south of France, police said on Saturday.

Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran: Saudi Arabia
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia urged Iran on Saturday to allow a daughter of Osama bin Laden, who fled house arrest and sought refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran, to leave the country if she wishes.

Yemen president tackles boosting security with U.S.
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Yemen president tackles boosting security with U.S.

Yemen’s president met a top U.S. general on Saturday to discuss boosting military cooperation, after President Barack Obama tied al Qaeda’s regional arm to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger jet.

Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties

A Somali man armed with an axe and suspected of links with al Qaeda broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammad caused global Muslim outrage and was shot and wounded by police.

Afghan MPs reject two-thirds of Karzai’s cabinet
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Afghan MPs reject two-thirds of Karzai’s cabinet

The Afghan parliament dealt President Hamid Karzai a painful blow on Saturday when it rejected more than two-thirds of his cabinet nominees, including several close allies and former guerrilla commander Ismail Khan.

Bomb suspect “reached out” to UK militants: report
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bomb suspect “reached out” to UK militants: report

British security services knew three years ago that the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound plane had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Venezuela captures bigger drug haul in 2009
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Venezuela captures bigger drug haul in 2009

Venezuela reported on Saturday 60 metric tons of drugs were confiscated in 2009, an 11 percent bigger haul than the previous year, and said anti-narcotics efforts had improved since it ended cooperation with the United States.

Obama blames al Qaeda for plane attack
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Obama blames al Qaeda for plane attack

The Obama administration on Saturday zeroed in on al Qaeda as the driving force behind an attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas and promised again to hold accountable those involved in the failed attack.

Book Talk: Ali Shaw makes magic with debut novel
January 2, 2010 – 5:00 am
Book Talk: Ali Shaw makes magic with debut novel

British writer Ali Shaw drew inspiration from fairy tales for his debut novel and to magical effect, with “The Girl With Glass Feet” published to great acclaim.

Central volunteer fire chief celebrates 20 years with department
January 2, 2010 – 3:13 am
Central volunteer fire chief celebrates 20 years with department

Ed Reynolds said he was laying carpet in Central in the late 1980s when first approached about the possibility of becoming a volunteer firefighter for the town.

Clemson set to open ACC slate at vengeful Devils
January 1, 2010 – 11:15 pm
Clemson set to open ACC slate at vengeful Devils

To say Duke has dominated Clemson on the hardwood historically would be putting it mildly, at best. The Blue Devils lead 100-29 all-time in the series and until the 2008 ACC Tournament held a 22-game win streak dating back better than a decade.

Greg Oliver: Clemson ends 2009 football season on a positive note
January 1, 2010 – 11:10 pm
Greg Oliver: Clemson ends 2009 football season on a positive note

Let’s not get carried away. Clemson’s 21-13 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl earlier this week in no way erases the disappointment of a loss to archrival USC, a loss to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game and the freefall from a BCS bowl to a lower-tier bowl.