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Japan’s Noda Names Okada as Deputy Premier

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his Cabinet today to boost negotiations with the opposition over raising the national sales tax, as polls show rising discontent with his four-month-old administration. Former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada was named Noda’s deputy premier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters today in Tokyo. Naoki Tanaka replaced Yasuo Ichikawa, one of two ministers who ...

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Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

ROBERT BURNS Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses — an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to offer assurances of a full investigation and ...

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US to withdraw 7,000 troops from Europe: Panetta

WASHINGTON: The US will withdraw about 7,000 troops from bases in Europe as part a new defence strategy to accommodate hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts over the coming decade, a top US official has said. As part of 10-year defence strategy announced last week, the United States will withdraw two brigades, or roughly…

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UN urges group of 77 nations to champion development agenda

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser have urged the Group 77 nations and China to ensure that due measures would be adopted during an upcoming UN conference on sustainable development. The bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China were urged to ...

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US tribunal urges trial of WikiLeaks suspect

A US military tribunal has recommended a court martial for Army Private Bradley Manning for allegedly funneling thousands of classified US documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. “The investigating officer [Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza] concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged,” the US ...

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New Afghanistan assessment reflects split U.S. views

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and NATO soldiers have weakened the Taliban but not enough to force the militants to abandon their fight against foreign troops, according to a new intelligence assessment that highlights an abiding division between the U.S. military and intelligence views on the war in Afghanistan. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new National ...

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Study says every star has planets

Every star twinkling in the night sky plays host to at least one planet, a new study suggests. That implies there are some 10 billion Earth-sized planets in our galaxy. Using a technique called gravitational microlensing, an international team found a handful of exoplanets that imply the existence of billions more. The findings were released at the 219th American Astronomical ...

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Romney wins in NH, Ron Paul runs second

STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press= CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, improving on his first-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination. “Tonight we made history,” Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President ...

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