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March 2, 2009

1. The "entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One" were found on a computer with an IP address in Tehran, acquired via a file sharing network. A defense contractor in Maryland was found to have the same file on one of its computers with the file sharing application.

2. US missile strikes in South Waziristan hit a Taliban sanctuary with fortifications and underground bunkers. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber struck a girls school in the southwest (Balochistan) while a minister in the northwest (Swat) promised eduction for girls.

3. Hamas warned that no attempts should be made to bypass the terrorist group in the reconstruction of Gaza. Billions have been pledged, including nearly $2B from the US and Saudi Arabia.

4. Members of the military have killed the president of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, and a bomb killed his chief rival. The military says, after the mutiny, that it will abide by the country's constitution.

5. Days after Czech Republic's EU President said EU was beginning to resemble Soviet Union, eastern European member states' request for emergency bailout aid was rejected in a "bad-tempered" EU summit.

POTUS HELICOPTER COMPROMISED?
Entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One found at Tehran IP address - WPXI Pittsburgh
Reaction: Cyber Security: Less Advice, More Action - ThreatsWatch

CANADA
Report says Canada's border too porous, cites nuclear exports - The Canadian Press

EUROPEAN UNION
E.U. Denies Hungary's Bailout Request for Eastern Europe - Washington Post
"Bad-Tempered" EU Summit: New 'Iron Curtain' will split EU's rich and poor - Times (UK)

GAZA STRIP
Hamas: Bypassing us undermines Gaza reconstruction - Ha'aretz
Gaza donor conference: Who is pledging what - Ha'aretz
Commentary: US Aid to Hamas' Gaza is Cognitive Dissonance - ThreatsWatch

GUINEA-BISSAU
Soldiers kill Guinea-Bissau president, bomb kills rival in West Africa - Washington Times
Guinea-Bissau Military Leaders Pledge to Respect Constitutional Order After Mutiny - VOA

IRAN
SecState Clinton doubtful Iran will respond to American diplomacy - Jerusalem Post

LEBANON
Hariri tribunal gets under way in The Hague - AFP

MEXICO
SecDef Gates: US Military can help Mexico in drug war - Washington Times

PAKISTAN
Five killed after suicide blast at girls school in southwest - Adnkronos (Italy)
Minister promises girls education in Swat Valley - Dawn (Pakistan)
US missile strikes in South Waziristan hit Taliban Sanctuary - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Five Frontier Corps personnel kidnapped in Swat - Daily Times (Pakistan)

UKRAINE
Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government - NY Times

UNITED KINGDOM
British military facing becoming 'second division without major spending increase' - Telegraph

UNITED STATES
National Security Bureaucracy Increased for Greater 'Efficiency'? - Washington Post
Dow Falls Below 7,000, a Mark Last Seen in 1997 - NY Times

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