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Facing Threats, U.S., U.K. Embassies Close in Yemen (Jan. 3): The United States and the United Kingdom have closed their embassies in the country of Yemen due to ongoing security threats from the terrorist group alQaeda. Military and intelligence organizations in Yemen had information about plans to attack Western groups in the capital; military action prevented the threatened attack, however. The suicide bomber on the Christmas Day flight to Detroit has been tied to the terrorist organization in Yemen. Aide to Saddam Hussein "Chemical Ali" Executed in Iraq (Jan. 25): Ali Hassan al- Majid, cousin of and former aid to Saddam Hussein, is executed in Iraq for his role in the poison-gas attack of the village of Halabja, where 5,000 Kurds were killed. Nicknamed "Chemical Ali", al-Majid is part of the group of leaders responsible for the deaths of approximately 180,000 Kurds in the Iraq-Iran War. U.S. Introduces Stricter Screenings for Certain Air Passengers (Jan. 3): The Transportation Security Administration announces stricter screening requirements for passengers traveling by air to the U.S. from 14 countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Passengers with passports or originating flights from any of the countries on this list will be required to undergo full-body pat downs and extra scrutiny of carry-on luggage. More advanced screenings will also be necessary at certain airports. The new regulations result from the attempted bombing by a Nigerian citizen on December 25 . (Jan. 6): Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of attempting to detonate a suicide bomb on an airplane bound for Detroit, Michigan on December 25, 2009, is indicted on six counts. Charges include attempted murder and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Senator Christopher Dodd Will Not Run for Reelection (Jan. 6): Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who has served the state since 1980, will not run for reelection in November when his term is finished. Though a popular public figure for many years, Dodd has recently faced criticism from citizens of Connecticut and the Democratic party for what appeared to be an improper loan from Countrywide Financial (he has been cleared of all charges of wrongdoing). Republican Scott Brown Wins Mass. Senate Seat (Jan. 19): In a stunning upset, Republican Scott Brown , a former member of the state senate, wins a special election in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy 's vacated U.S. Senate seat, beating Democrat Martha Coakley , the state attorney general, by a wide margin. His victory marks the end of the Democrats' "super" majority in the Senate and raises questions about the viability of the Democratic party and the pending health-care reform bill. Kennedy passed away in Aug. 2009, ending a 46-year run in the Senate. Supreme Court Blocks Corporate Spending Limits for Political Campaigns (Jan.
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