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NATO report warning about risk of ‘insider attacks’ from Afghan forces suppressed

Tweet Washington, Nov. 18 (ANI): A damning report exposing the causes of a surge in ‘insider attacks’ by Afghan troops was suppressed by military commanders. Nato chiefs were warned last year, in a document they commissioned, that the attacks were ‘part of a growing and systematic threat’ that was undermining the war effort. The report, from Dr Jeffrey Bordin, an ...

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Insight: Facing austerity, Europe’s bureaucrats chafe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Workers protesting austerity on the streets of southern Europe weren’t to know it, but earlier this month there was also a strike at the heart of the European Union – by bureaucrats fighting possible cuts. For an increasing number of Europeans, cuts in Brussels are what is needed. The European capital has told member states to reduce ...

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Big funeral for India’s nationalist politician Bal Thackeray

Mumbai: Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India. Nearly 20,000 policemen were on hand on Sunday because of the violent history of the group. However, mourners appeared calm and marched orderly as Thackeray’s funeral ...

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UN attack helicopters target rebels in eastern Congo

UN attack helicopters targeted M23 rebels in eastern Congo on Saturday after fighting resumed following a months-long lull in violence, a local official said. Two army officers and 151 rebels were killed in a battle beginning Thursday that the UN called the worst clash between the M23 group and the military since July. Attack helicopters for the UN mission in ...

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UN renews peacekeepers for Abyei

United Nations: The Security Council has extended its peacekeeping mission in Abyei, a region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, and demanded that Sudan withdraw a platoon of police troopers from an oil refinery in the area. The council on Friday unanimously agreed to keep the Ethiopian-led force of almost 4,000 in the field for another six months. Secretary-General Ban ...

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Dunford sees some U.S. forces in Afghanistan post-drawdown

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's pick to be the next commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan says he foresees maintaining American forces and equipment in the country after international contingents leave by the end of 2014. But Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has made clear that his job will be to close down an unpopular war that is in ...

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Spain’s Rajoy says EU budget proposal unacceptable

CADIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Saturday that a draft European budget was unacceptable. The proposed seven-year budget would turn Spain into a net contributor to the EU for the first time by cutting aid and subsidies. European Union chief Herman Van Rompuy proposed a compromise…

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Latin America pledges support for Iberia, warns on austerity

CADIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Latin America on Saturday pledged investment opportunities for recession-hit Spanish and Portuguese companies but warned its former colonial masters drastic cost cutting would only deepen their misery. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R), Panama’s president Ricardo Martinelli (L) and Ibero-American Secretary-General Enrique Iglesias leave a news conference during the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz, southern Spain November ...

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