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New CIA chief Petraeus pledges to defend America

General David Petraeus(L), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan,… General David Petraeus(C), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan,… General David Petraeus (R), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan… David Petraeus pledged to confront the many threats facing America as he took the reins of the CIA, a decade after the 9/11 attacks that led ...

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Uruguay to apologize over alleged rape by UN peacekeepers

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay will apologize to Haiti and compensate an 18-year-old Haitian man allegedly raped by Uruguayan U.N. troops in the poor Caribbean state, the Uruguayan defense minister said on Tuesday. Public outrage in the earthquake-ravaged nation has simmered over a video shot by a cellphone camera and circulating on the Internet that shows laughing Uruguayan marines pinning…

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Carol Bartz fired as CEO of Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO — Carol Bartz was fired Tuesday as Yahoo Inc.’s CEO nearly three years into a tenure in which the company fell short of the turnaround she was charged with leading. The company said Bartz will be replaced by Chief…

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Bachmann’s campaign starts to fall apart as guru quits

It could just be Rick Perry blocking some of her sunlight. Or perhaps it was what she said about God, Hurricane Irene and government spending. Whatever the causes, there are signs that the rocket that shot Michele Bachmann to near the front of the Republican nomination race is starting to sputter. Signalling trouble is news that Ed Rollins, the veteran ...

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Colombia’s new Defence Minister Pinzon eyes victory

Colombia’s new Defence Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, has been sworn in, with orders to give the “final blow” to the Farc rebel group. Mr Pinzon is an economist, a former deputy defence minister, and a close ally of President Juan Manuel Santos. He was brought in to replace Rodrigo Rivera, amid a growing perception that security gains are being reversed. ...

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Iran plugs first nuclear power plant into grid

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s first nuclear power plant has finally begun to provide electricity to the national grid, official media reported on Sunday, a long-delayed milestone in the nuclear ambitions of a country the West fears is covertly try to develop atomic bombs. A view of the reactor at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, 1200 km (746 miles) south ...

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Mubarak returns to court, 1st witnesses to testify

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returned to court Monday for a third hearing in his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day-uprising that toppled him. The proceedings move into a new phase as the first witnesses take to the stand: four policemen will testify against Mubarak and his top ...

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‘Tortured’ Libyan rebel calls for Britain apology

A senior Libyan rebel commander Monday demanded an apology from Britain and the US after seized documents suggested both countries were complicit in a plan that led to his detention and torture. Files unearthed from Moamer Kadhafi’s intelligence archives and seen by AFP documented the capture by the CIA of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj in Bangkok in 2004 and his forcible repatriation ...

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