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Afghanistan to Spy on Its Soldiers

By DION NISSENBAUM KABUL—Afghanistan is rolling out an ambitious plan to spy on its own soldiers, the most serious attempt so far to halt a string of attacks by Afghan troops on their Western comrades-in-arms, according to Afghan and American military leaders. As part of the effort, agents of the National Directorate of Security, the country’s spy agency, will be ...

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Suu Kyi’s party warns Myanmar polls may not be fair

YANGON (Reuters) – The party of Myanmar Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi complained on Monday about attempts to stifle its campaign for April parliamentary by-elections. The National League for Democracy (NLD), which boycotted the 2010 election, said several attempts to hold campaign rallies had been blocked and accused the country’s biggest party of making promises that were ...

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Iraq VP: Death squad charges politically motivated

LARA JAKES Associated Press= BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s embattled Sunni vice president on Monday slammed government charges that he ran death squads as politically motivated and called on “all honest Iraqi people” to rise up in his defense. In a half-hour speech, Tariq al-Hashemi vigorously defended himself against charges that he said were based on coerced statements. He also questioned ...

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Syria unrest: West stirring civil war, says China paper

The official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party has accused the West of provoking a civil war in Syria. In a front page commentary, the People’s Daily said that Western support of Syria’s opposition would lead to “large-scale civil war”. In that case armed intervention would become unavoidable, it added. A Syrian opposition…

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McCain says US, Egypt ‘must remain friends’

CAIRO (AP) — Sen. John McCain said Monday U.S. relations with Egypt are changing a year after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak but the two countries “must remain friends.” McCain was speaking at a business conference in Cairo just before meeting with the country’s military leaders, who took power after Mubarak stepped down in the face of a popular uprising. ...

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25 Sensory Integration activities for hyperactive kids

Sensory Integration activities can be wonderful for helping active kids to get their energy out, focus and direct their attention. These activities work in several ways. First, they meet children’s needs for sensory input. Some children have especially high needs for touch, for instance, and they will seek out sensory sensations if their needs aren’t met. Second, they give the ...

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UN’s popularity in Haiti hits new low

Members of the UN Security Council have been visiting Haiti, home to one of the organisation’s most controversial peacekeeping missions. The UN mission, known as Minustah, consists of 11,000 peacekeepers who were sent to provide security and build government institutions in a country plagued by corruption, poverty and violence. But after eight years, the mission’s popularity is at an all-time ...

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Putin: Russia needs stronger military

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has backed the modernisation of his country’s military, less than a fortnight before the presidential vote. “We must not tempt anyone with our weakness,” he wrote in a newspaper. Mr Putin is widely expected to win the 4 March election…

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