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Historic visit to Libya by Pentagon chief Panetta

TRIPOLI, Libya — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said “the torch of freedom” has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic visit Saturday to Tripoli that the United States will do all it can to help the country move toward democracy. U.S. Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta boards a C-17 plane during his departure from Ankara, ...

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Iran’s fortunes in post-US Iraq clouded

CAIRO: The US military’s departure from Iraq opens the door to expanded Iranian influence in the Middle East, though that door could close fast if Iran’s closest Arab ally Bashar Assad falls from power in Syria. That’s among the uncertainties looming over the Middle East in the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to remove all US troops by the ...

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Pakistan PM seeks to dispel rumors of army rift

ISLAMABAD-Pakistan’s prime minister dismissed speculation of a rift between the government and the military over a secret memo sent to Washington seeking its help in averting a supposed military coup, saying the country was committed to democracy. Political tensions have soared in recent days as the Supreme Court begins a…

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama May Make A Pilgrimage to Burma

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, expressed his desire last week to visit Burma to pay homage at the country’s holiest shrine of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, the capital of Burma. According to media reports; “a message of His Holiness…

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Syrians protest Assad, as Arabs delay crisis talks

BEIRUT — Tens of thousands of Syrians, some of them calling for their president’s execution, protested against the authoritarian regime on Friday, as the Arab League indefinitely postponed a meeting on the crisis because of divisions over how to stop the bloodshed. In this image from TV shown on the Internet made available Thursday Dec. 15, 2011, showing an Iraqi ...

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ICC dismisses charges against Rwandan suspect

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – International Criminal Court judges dismissed charges Friday against a Rwandan rebel accused of involvement in the murder, rape and torture of Congolese villagers by a Hutu militia in 2009. The judges ordered the release of Callixte Mbarushimana, saying there is not enough evidence to support the charges against him. Prosecutors immediately said they would send the ...

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Iraq, lost in the fog of war

War, we are told, is a rational instrument of policy. States go to war to achieve specific objectives. On such a view, determining the outcome of a war is a kind of bookkeeping exercise. One need only measure the results against the original purposes. But war is far too wily a beast to be made sense of by such simple ...

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Sri Lanka MPs receive controversial civil war report

A commission set up by Sri Lanka’s president to investigate the conduct of the civil war has said the government did its best to protect civilians. It concluded the military gave the “highest priority” to protecting civilians and said Tamil Tiger rebels had “no respect for human life”. Both sides have been accused of human rights abuses during the final ...

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