U.S. warns of "imminent" terror threat in Kenya
Kenyan soldiers pursue Islamic militants near Liboi, Somalia, on October 18.
October 23rd, 2011
01:04 PM ET

U.S. warns of "imminent" terror threat in Kenya

The U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned it has credible information of an imminent terror attack, days after the east African nation announced it is sending troops to Somalia to battle Islamist militants.

The attack is likely to target places that foreigners congregate in Kenya, including malls and night clubs, the embassy said.

The U.S.Embassy did not offer details on who might carry out such an attack, but said it has taken measures to limit official U.S. government visits. It urged its citizens to consider deferring travel to Kenya.

The warning comes after Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue Islamist Al-Shabaab militants. The terror group has threatened Kenya with retaliatory attacks, saying it considers the forces' incursion an affront to Somalia's sovereignty.

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October 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Clinton warns Iran against moving into Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday not to view the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as an opportunity to try to build its influence in the country.

"No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward," she told CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether Iran's relationship with Iraq is a concern.

In an interview last week with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country will not increase its involvement with Iraq because of the U.S. withdrawal. "I don't think there is going to be any change," he said. FULL POST

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Panetta starts visit to Asia with praise for China
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta talks to reporters after meeting with ASEAN defense ministers in Indonesia Oct. 23, 2011. (DoD photo)
October 23rd, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Panetta starts visit to Asia with praise for China

By Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy covering the Secretary of Defense in Bali, Indonesia

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised China on more than one occasion Sunday during a series of meetings with fellow defense ministers from southeast Asia, but hinted if relations between the United States and China worsen, it could be a threat to "the security of the world."

He said he appreciates China's muted response to the United States announcing a deal last month to sell more arms to Taiwan, and he lauded China for working with its neighbors with regards to the contentious issues involving the South China Sea.

"I would commend them for the way that they've handled the news of that sale to Taiwan, compared to the past," Panetta told reporters after a meeting with Indonesia's defense minister Sunday in Bali. FULL POST

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