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Afghans, US may defer issues in strategic deal

The U.S. and the Afghan governments are considering pushing through a long-delayed partnership agreement by moving the contentious issues of night raids and control over detainees to separate negotiations, officials from both countries said. The two governments have been working for about a year to nail down the terms of a strategic partnership document that would govern U.S. operations in ...

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Security Council calls for large increase to African peace force in Somalia

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov addresses the Security Council on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz22 February 2012 – The Security Council today called on the African Union (AU) to increase the strength of its peacekeeping force in Somalia (AMISOM) by almost 50 per cent of its current forces to address the growing threat from piracy and other criminal ...

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Rising sales point to better year for housing

WASHINGTON — The housing market is flashing signs of health ahead of the spring-buying season. Sales of previously occupied homes are at their highest level since May 2010. More first-time buyers are making purchases. And the supply of homes fell last month to its lowest point in nearly seven years, which could push home prices higher. Sales have now risen ...

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Mitt Romney pounces on Rick Santorum in TV debate

During two hours of often scratchy sparring in what may have been the last in a long series of primary debates, Mr Santorum was frequently on the defensive as he tried to explain past votes that seemed to undercut his record on for example opposing so-called earmarks, code for congressional dollops of money for parochial projects in members’ home states, ...

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Prosecutor tells Mubarak he faces death by hanging

Given a last opportunity to address the court in Cairo, where for much of the past six months he has lain on a hospital bed in a cage listening to the evidence against him, Mr Mubarak refused, telling the judge he had no comments to make. "What the lawyer said is enough," said the 83-year-old, whose reign began in a ...

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Senegal’s Youssou Ndour injured during rally: spokesman

AFP – Senegalese music icon and opposition activist Youssou Ndour was injured in the leg after being hit by a projectile at the scene of a banned rally in Dakar, his entourage told AFP. “Youssou Ndour was injured in the left leg, he has been seen by a doctor, but he doesn’t want to make a big issue out of ...

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