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NKorea’s Kim issues threat before SKorea-US drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says its new leader, Kim Jong Un, has ordered troops to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that Kim issued the order during a visit to front-line military units, including one that shelled South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, killing four ...

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Mandela doing well in hospital

AAP Nelson Mandela is doing well in hospital after being admitted in a pre-planned visit for abdominal pains, a South African presidential spokesman says. “This was not an emergency admission. It was pre-planned. He was suffering from abdominal pain, and it was a long-standing complaint,” said Mac Maharaj, the spokesman for President Jacob Zuma, on Saturday. He added that Mandela ...

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Gingrich pins campaign on a cluster of contests

BRIAN BAKST Associated Press= FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Largely on the sidelines of the GOP race, Newt Gingrich is pinning his fleeting Republican presidential hopes on Georgia, where his political career began, and a cluster of states that vote the same day. He’s likely to sustain two more losses before Super Tuesday — in Michigan and Arizona, two states ...

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Killing of 2 Americans Came as U.S. Reviewed Afghan Security

Correction Appended WASHINGTON — The killing of two American service members on Thursday by a man in an Afghan Army uniform comes at a time when the United States military is already reviewing procedures used to vet members of the Afghan security forces. Before the latest attack, 70 coalition members had been killed and 110 wounded since 2007 in 45 ...

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Syria: Barack Obama says the world ‘cannot be bystanders’ as slaughter continues

President Barack Obama declared Friday that the US and its allies would consider “every tool available” to stop the slaughter of innocent people in Syria, using his most forceful words to date in response to an increasingly grim crisis that has gripped the world. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton adopted their harshest rhetoric yet as they deplored the violence in ...

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Eurozone, Greece – austerity fatigue

Europe determined to cut deep into public spending to pay debts EUROPE is obsessed with austerity determined to cut deep into public spending to pare the debt. So is the Tea-party and Republicans in the United States. As if to prove the point, 25 of the 27 European Union (EU) members have agreed to a new “fiscal compact,” which obliges ...

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Taliban militants say they shot down US drone

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A U.S. drone crashed on Saturday in North Waziristan, not far from the Afghan border, Pakistan intelligence officials said, while Taliban militants said they had shot it down. Taliban militants led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur said they had collected wreckage of the destroyed drone and would provide its pictures to the media on Sunday. “The drone ...

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Gaza’s Hamas PM voices support for Syria protests

CAIRO – The Hamas prime minister of Gaza on Friday expressed support for Syrian protesters seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, the first time a senior Hamas leader has publicly rebuked the group’s longtime patron. Ismail Haniyeh said after Friday prayers at Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque that Hamas commends “the brave Syrian people that are moving toward democracy and reform.”…

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