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No change or shift in US strategy in Afghanistan: Pentagon

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has ruled out any change in the US strategy in Afghanistan and said it is currently focused on successful security transition in the war-torn country. “The role of the US military has not shifted or changed. The only firm plans that we have at this point is to drawdown some of the surge forces ...

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Rounding up weapons a problem for Libyans

TRIPOLI, Libya — More than two months after the fall of Tripoli, Libya’s new leaders are still struggling to secure massive weapons depots, stop the smuggling of munitions out of the country and disarm thousands of fighters who brought down Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. The international community has offered to help,…

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Sarkozy, Obama push for financial crisis solution

CANNES, France — French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he and the U.S. president agree that businesses should contribute to resolving the global financial crisis. U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks with French President Nicholas Sarkozy after Obama’s arrival for the G20 summit in Cannes, France, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) French President Nicolas Sarkozy waits for arrivals at ...

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Peace in Afghanistan crucial for regional stability – Ban

Afghan National Police in training in Kabul3 November 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that establishing peace in Afghanistan will strengthen stability in the entire region and lauded regional efforts to find ways to enhance security in the Asian country as it prepares for the transition with the pull out of foreign forces in the next…

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Poll shows Israeli support for attack on Iran

Associated Press= JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll shows the Israeli government would have significant support at home for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program. The poll comes following reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to persuade Cabinet ministers to authorize such a strike and after Israel successfully tested a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear ...

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Greek euro threat looms over Cannes G20 summit

CANNES (France): The threat of a Greek exit from the euro zone hung over a meeting of G20 leaders on Thursday after France and Germany made it clear that Athens must decide urgently whether it wants to stay in the 12-year-old currency bloc. The summit on the French Riviera had been meant to focus on reforms of the global monetary ...

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US urged to press China over Tibet self-immolation

MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to press China for access to a region where 10 young Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. Lobsang Sangay said the self-immolations by protesters shouting Tibetan freedom slogans and their support for exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai ...

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Papandreou believes in victory in bailout referendum

Cannes, France – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expects voters to back a European Union-sponsored bailout in the referendum he has called on the measure, he said Wednesday. ‘I believe there will a positive outcome. Greek people want to stay in the eurozone,’ Papandreou said in Cannes, France, after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ...

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Hundreds of Nepalese Armed Police Disrupt Global Action for Tibet

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Kathmandu, Nepal: – This morning, 1 November 2011, approximately 400 Nepalese armed police surrounded the Tibetan Settlement camp ground in Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, where hundreds of Tibetans had gathered to initiate a three-day campaign as part of the Global Action for Tibet. The Campaign comprises solidarity actions such as a mass prayer service, fasting, ...

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