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US exempts India, but not China, from Iran sanctions

AFP – The United States said it would exempt seven emerging economies including India from tough new sanctions after they cut back on oil from Iran, but the punishment still loomed for China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added India, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan to the list of those exempt from the sanctions. In ...

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Searching for Solutions in Syria

The worsening conflict in Syria and the prospect of foreign military intervention outside the mandate of the United Nations poses an immediate risk to civilian safety. The consequences of pursuing regime change in Damascus invite a broader sectarian conflict that would forever reshape the Middle East; this article analyzes the ongoing perpetuation of violence and attempts to offer non-abrasive solutions ...

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Mideast nuclear arms race heats up

Iran seeks short buildup time for assembling its nuclear weapons, while Israel procures another submarine with nuclear strike capability. According to Reuters, Iran seeks short buildup time for assembling its nuclear weapons. Iran’s nuclear strategy involves the weaponization of its atomic bombs within 60 days, said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. His remarks reflected the long-held Israeli belief that Iran ...

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Renewables for the military? Part 2: Military/Aviation outlook

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has pointed out that in the 21st century, “The reality is that there are environmental threats [climate change, sea level rise, dangerous weather conditions, etc.] which constitute threats to our national security.” Fifteen senior military leaders fear climate change “Military planning should view climate change as a threat to the balance of energy access, water ...

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Indian Kashmir shuts to honor protesters’ deaths

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Armed police are patrolling Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar where schools and some shops are shut in a strike called to honor people killed in 2010 protesting Indian rule over the Himalayan territory. A lack of public transport prevented government employees from getting to work Monday. Some shop owners ignored the strike and opened their businesses. ...

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Afghanistan: NATO agrees to stop bombing homes

Kabul — Stung by Afghan criticism of an air strike that killed 18 civilians last week, the NATO force has agreed to refrain from aerial bombardment of residential buildings, a military spokesman said Sunday. The accord – reached Saturday night at a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and…

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Francois Hollande’s Socialists poised to seize parliamentary majority

French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and allies came out on top in first-round parliamentary elections Sunday, poised to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms. The French president, François Hollande, and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler Photo: REX 7:43AM BST 11 Jun 2012 The election also saw a surge in support for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front, which ...

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