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Iran nuclear: Ali Larijani accepts Turkey talks offer

Iran has said it has agreed to talks with six world powers on its controversial nuclear programme, days after the UN confirmed Tehran was producing 20% enriched uranium. Visiting Turkey, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he had accepted Ankara’s offer to try to restart the talks. Negotiations have stalled since a meeting in Istanbul a year ago. Analysts say 20% ...

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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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U.S. builds up forces in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top U.S. commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, won White House approval for the…

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US warns Iran over blocking oil strait: Report

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: The United States has used a secret channel to warn Iran’s leaders against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying that doing so would provoke a US response, the New York Times reported. Iran has threatened to close the narrow and strategic…

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Netherlands asks Denmark, Norway to join F-35 buy

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R) greets Hans Hillen, the Netherland… The Netherlands has asked Denmark and Norway to join it in acquiring and maintaining future F-35 fighter jets, Dutch Minister Hans Hillen said Thursday after meetings at the Pentagon. The move was an example “of how far the Netherlands is prepared to go in cooperating with other countries ...

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Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON — An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Lt. Col. Paul Almanza’s recommendation to try Pfc. Bradley Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain of command for a final determination. Almanza sent his report ...

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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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