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America’s Afghan dilemma

The gloomy topic of Afghanistan is expected to dominate the Nato summit in Chicago on May 20-21, when the assembled leaders will have to wrestle with three uncomfortable facts: The first is that talks with the Taliban have broken down, removing any immediate prospect of a negotiated exit from the conflict. This conjures up the spectre of a forced Nato ...

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Former Egypt PM cleared to run in elections

Egypt’s election committee has confirmed that Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister would run in a presidential election, reversing its decision to eject him over a law drawn up by Islamists. Ahmed Shafiq was the last prime minister under president Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by a popular uprising early last year. A total of 13 contenders have been cleared to ...

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Judges prepare to deliver Charles Taylor verdicts

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands – Judges at an international war crimes tribunal will deliver landmark judgments Thursday in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is charged with sponsoring brutal rebel groups in neighboring Sierra Leone’s civil war. Prosecutors alleged at Taylor’s trial that the charismatic war lord-turned elected president funneled arms, ammunition and even mining equipment to rebels in ...

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‘Middle way’ still best for Tibet: Dalai Lama

Chicago: The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said he would not alter his non-violent quest for greater Tibetan autonomy, even after Beijing blamed him for inciting a wave of unrest. A total of 34 Tibetans, many of them Buddhist monks and nuns, are reported to have attempted to kill themselves by setting themselves on fire in China’s Tibetan-inhabited areas ...

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Apple doomed to end up like Sony: Forrester CEO

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetForrester’s chief said Apple’s board should have found another charismatic leader to replace Jobs NEW YORK: Forrester Research CEO George Colony said that without Steve Jobs at the helm, Apple will ‘coast and then decelerate.’ As analysts, investors and other pundits try to…

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EU, Hungary resume aid talks after bank row

THE European Union (EU) opened the way to aid talks with Hungary yesterday, ending a five-month dispute over the independence of its central bank, but kept pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orban by sending a row over the judiciary to Europe’s top court. The European Commission said it was satisfied with a promise that central bank law would be brought ...

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General Orders Review of Military Schools After Class Is Told U.S. Is at War With Islam

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has ordered military schools to make sure they are not including anti-Islamic themes in training courses, the Defense Department said on Wednesday, after complaints surfaced about the curriculum in a course dealing with terrorism and radicalism. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: ...

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