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Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career. FILE – In this June 23, 2011 file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence ...

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Mubarak returns to court in Cairo

CAIRO – Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt ousted in the revolution last February, was wheeled back into a courtroom here on a hospital gurney on Wednesday to resume his trial amid reports from supporters and opponents that the proceedings appeared to be going in his favor. It was the fifth session of the trial and the first since ...

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Emotions must not affect verdict, Lawrence jurors told

Mr Justice Treacy told the jury at the Old Bailey they had to ignore the "enormous publicity" over the years about the murder. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, are accused of being part of group of five or six youths who shouted racist abuse at Mr Lawrence and then chased, surrounded and attacked him. "Emotions such as sympathy ...

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Funeral seeks to unite N Korea

The handing on of power from an old dictator to a new one can be a moment of great tension, especially if the new one is under 30 and has no political or administrative experience of any kind. Hence the…

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Fears rise of religious war in Nigeria following Christmas Day bombings

ABUJA – Northern Nigerian Christians said yesterday they feared that a spate of Christmas Day bombings by Islamist militants that killed more than two dozen people could lead to a religious war in Africa’s most populous country. The warning was made in a statement by the northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, an umbrella organisation comprising various denominations ...

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Iran threatens to stop Gulf oil if sanctions widened

TEHRAN – Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if foreign sanctions were imposed on its crude exports over its nuclear ambitions, a move that could trigger military conflict with economies dependent on Gulf oil. Western tensions with Iran have increased since a Nov. 8 report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying ...

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Drug suspect held in Mexico

Mexico City – The Mexican defence ministry on Monday paraded before the media a man suspected of being a senior aide to the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. In a statement, the defence ministry said Mexican soldiers had arrested Felipe Cabrera, known…

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