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Taliban militants wage simultaneous attacks across Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks across the Afghan capital and at least three eastern provinces on Sunday, targeting NATO bases, parliament and foreign embassies in a complex assault that shows the insurgents can still penetrate Afghan security and hit Western and government targets in the heart of Kabul. Suicide bombers and insurgents wielding heavy ...

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Battle to save Unctad’s mandate

On the eve of its ministerial conference, a major battle is under way at the United Nations’ premier development organisation to preserve its mandate to work on macro-economic and finance issues. THE United Nations’ most important development organisation, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), is facing a serious impasse on the eve of its most important event, its ...

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Afghan gov’t: Militant blames Haqqanis for attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and al-Qaida, a top Afghan security official said Monday. Thirty-six insurgents were killed during the brazen attacks that also claimed ...

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LAOS: Floods highlight disaster-preparedness needs

Photo: UN-HABITAT LaosA flood-affected village in Bolikhamxay ProvinceVIENTIANE, 7 September 2011 (IRIN) – Heavy flooding during the northern summer, affecting 10 of the country’s 17 provinces, has underlined the need for stronger disaster-management efforts, say experts. Tropical storm Haima struck central and northern Laos on 24 June, with Nock-Ten hitting central and southern areas on 30 and 31 July. More ...

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Asia stocks sink amid global economic worries

BANGKOK — Asian stock markets sank Monday as Europe’s debt crisis threatened to intensify again while growth in China slowed. Benchmark oil slid to nearly $102 per barrel. The dollar strengthened against the euro but fell against the yen. Japan’s Nikkei slid 1.4 percent to 9,502.95, bruised by a higher yen. South Korea’s Kospi was down 0.9 percent at 1,990.84 ...

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Summit over, Obama looks to domestic concerns

President Barack Obama is returning to his familiar agenda of righting the U.S. economy and winning a second presidential term, wrapping up three days of Latin American summitry that yielded mixed results and were clouded by a Secret Service scandal. Domestic issues are immediately on tap, with the Senate scheduled to vote Monday on Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on ...

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Barack Obama: ‘Of course I’ll be angry’ if prostitute accusations are true

President Barack Obama, speaking for the first time about allegations that Secret Service agents hired prostitutes, has said “of course I’ll be angry” if those accusations are proven true by an investigation. Barack Obama tried to put the controversy in context by lauding the agents who protect his life Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images 6:54AM BST 16 Apr 2012 Obama said ...

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