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Interpol Issues Global Security Alert After Prison Breaks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LYON, France) -- Interpol issued a global security alert and announced on Saturday an investigation into whether a number of prison escapes believed to involve al-Qaida are connected.

According to an Interpol release, a series of prison breaks, including recent incidents in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, have seen hundreds of terrorists and other criminals escape from prisons in nine Interpol member countries this month. The police agency asked all 190 member countries for assistance in determining whether the events were coordinated or linked in any way. The agency also asks for notification once any terrorist is located or intelligence is developed.

BBC News reports that the most recent escape, in northwest Pakistan, saw 248 prisoners escape. Taliban militants armed with automatic weapons and bombs managed to break down the walls of a prison in Dera Ismail Khan on July 30. Thirteen people were killed, the BBC News says, including six police officers.

Two other escapes, at Abu Ghraib and Taji in Iraq, saw hundreds more escape on July 22. Reports indicate that a number of the prisoners who fled had been jailed for involvement in suicide bombings and other serious attacks.

On July 27 in Benghazi, 1,200 inmates broke out of another jail. Interpol believes that al-Qaida was involved in "several" of the breakouts.

The release from Interpol also points out a number of violent attacks that have taken place in the month of August, the anniversaries of which could potentially prompt similar attacks.

The U.S. issued a global travel warning to U.S. citizens around the world Friday out of fear that al Qaeda is planning to carry out attacks on American targets. In addition, the State Department ordered the temporary closing of 21 embassies and consulates that would normally be open on Sunday, including offices at some of America's biggest embassies and closest allies in the Muslim world in Egypt, Baghdad, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Britain, Germany and France also announced that their embassies in Yemen will be closed on Sunday. Britain and Germany's embassies will also remain closed on Monday as well.

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Gadhafi's Arrest

Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images(LYON, France) -- The International Criminal Police Organization, better known as Interpol, issued an alert Friday for the arrest of fugitive Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

The organization also issued a "red notice" for Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, and the country's former director of military intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi.

Interpol said the notices were issued following a request from the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is seeking the three men for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

The red notices have been distributed to all of Interpol's 188 member states.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Wanted By Interpol for 'Sex Crimes'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) -- Interpol on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his alleged connection to sex crimes.

While no one at Interpol was available for comment, the wanted notice appears to be a Red Notice.  According to Interpol, this is not an international arrest warrant, but many countries consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest for extradition. Assange is wanted in Sweden.

Earlier Tuesday, Swedish officials said Assange had filed another appeal against the court order to detain him on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

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