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Interpol head warns of Somali threat

BRUSSELS, Belgium | Islamist militants in Somalia will soon pose more of a terrorist threat than those based in Afghanistan, Interpol’s secretary-general said Thursday.

Ronald K. Noble told the Associated Press that Somali militants will eclipse Afghanistan in terms of threats in the next five to 10 years.

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference on West African security in Brussels, Mr. Noble said law enforcement is “seeing more and more terrorist activity originating in Somalia.”

“For us, we believe that the Afghanistan in the next five to 10 years will be Somalia,” he said.


Ireland to pour billions into collapsing banks

DUBLIN | Europe’s debt crisis dumped more woe on Ireland’s weary taxpayers Thursday, as the government said it needed to pour billions more of their money into a collapsed banking system.

Coupled with the downgrade of Spain’s bonds by a third ratings agency, the news from Dublin provided more confirmation that the government debt troubles that shook Europe this spring and pushed Greece to near bankruptcy are very much still around.

The amount Ireland will pay to fix its banks — about $60 billion — was described as “horrible” by a government official, and will swell the deficit for one year to a staggering 32 percent of economic output, the biggest in post-World War II Europe.

From wire dispatches and staff reports