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Afghanistan: 3 US troops among dead in suicide bombing

At least 13 people were killed, 3 U.S. troops among them, and another 25 wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked them yesterday in the Faryab province. The attack happened in a park in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province. The troops were in the park taking pictures and filming interviews when the attacker rode in on a ...

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Diplomats: UN backs Syria pullout by April 10

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement endorsing the April 10 deadline for Syria to halt the use of troops and heavy weapons in cities and towns. The presidential statement, obtained by The Associated Press, raises the possibility of “further steps” if Syria doesn’t implement the peace ...

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ICC rejects Libya’s request over Gaddafi son surrender

AMSTERDAM/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ordered Libya to immediately hand over for trial Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader, but Libya’s new authorities said they still wanted to try him themselves. The court in The Hague ordered Tripoli to “comply with its obligations to enforce the warrant of arrest” and surrender ...

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Myanmar kids maids in Nagaland H. CHISHI Kohima, April 4: A large number of children …

Myanmar kids maids in Nagaland H. CHISHI Kohima, April 4: A large number of children is trafficked from Myanmar to Nagaland to work as domestic help in gross violation of international human rights, a Myanmarese NGO working here claimed today. The Kohima unit of the Eastern Nagaland Christian Fellowship, Myanmar, today said the gravity of the situation was such that ...

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Anonymous says it hacked Chinese government sites

BEIJING — China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese Internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established in late March, Anonymous China listed the websites it…

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UN peacekeeper due in Damascus for ceasefire talks

Beirut: A senior Norwegian UN peacekeeper flies into Damascus on Thursday to try to broker an agreement that will allow observers to be deployed across Syria to monitor a ceasefire demanded by an international peace plan. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted the plan, which calls for him to withdraw heavy weapons from cities, and his ally Russia…

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World food inflation seen back on the table as prices rise

MILAN – World food prices are likely to rise for a third successive month in March, and could gain further beyond that, with expensive oil and chronically low stocks of some key grains putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda. Food prices grabbed world policy makers’ attention after hitting record highs in February 2011 and stoking protests connected ...

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China’s premier Wen Jiabao calls for breaking bank monopolies

Tweet Premier Wen Jiabao, China’s top economic official, says its state-owned banks are monopolies that must be broken up, acknowledging mounting economic and political pressure to reform an industry whose vast profits are fueling public anger. Wen’s comments Tuesday suggest Beijing sees a growing political danger from its failure to carry out long-promised reforms of state banks, which pay minimal ...

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Syria forces assault rebellious towns before truce

BEN HUBBARD Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian artillery pounded the rebellious city of Homs and tanks and troops stormed towns in the north and south on Wednesday, deepening doubts that President Bashar Assad will follow through on his commitment to a truce starting next week. Anti-regime activists cited the new assaults as evidence Assad is trying to crush those ...

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The United States as #2

Politicians in the United States must ritualistically assert that the US is and always will be the world’s leading economic, military and political power. This chant may help win elections in a country where respectable people deny global warming and evolution, but it has nothing to do with the real world. Those familiar with the data know that China is ...

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