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UN reduces peacekeeping force and police in Haiti

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to reduce the number of UN peacekeeping troops and police in Haiti and bring the force closer to its level before the earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation in January last year. “The overall security situation, while fragile, has improved,” the council’s resolution said, while extending the UN…

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UN rights body calls for action in Syria

BEIRUT, Oct 14, AP Friday, October 14, 2011 –> Thousands of Syrians poured into the streets on Friday calling for President Bashar Assad to quit even as the UN’s top human rights body urged the international community to take ”immediate measures” to protect civilians in Syria. In Geneva, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the…

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Obama sending troops to aid Africa anti-insurgency

WASHINGTON (AP) – Intervening in a volatile and brutal crisis, President Barack Obama said Friday he has dispatched 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support a years-long fight against a guerrilla group accused of horrific atrocities. Obama said they were sent to advise, not engage in combat, unless forced to defend themselves. In a letter to Congress, Obama said ...

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BACKGROUND: More ammunition for the eurozone bailout fund

Brussels – The eurozone’s bailout fund is set to deploy new powers, after Slovakia became the 17th and last member state to approve prerequisite changes in a second go late Thursday. The reforms will make the fund a ‘stronger, more flexible tool to defend the financial stability’ of the common currency area, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and European ...

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China must address "retaliation" fears-EU trade chief

* EU, China must work to address EU business fears over Chinese operations * EU must take action on subsidies, says business group * EU’s De Gucht says work needed before China recognised as market economy * No certainty yet on investment talks to be launched, says De Gucht (Recasts, adds quotes, detail, background) By Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck BRUSSELS, Oct ...

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NATO, Afghan forces kill 13 insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO and Afghan forces killed 13 insurgents in an overnight operation in northern Afghanistan, police said Friday, while Afghan officials in the east reported renewed artillery fire from the Pakistani side of the shared border. The ground…

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Mexico arrests a key leader of Zetas gang

Reporting from Mexico City— A high-ranking member of the Zetas crime group suspected of widespread drug trafficking has been arrested, Mexican officials said Thursday. Carlos Oliva Castillo, known as “Frog,” was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Saltillo, where he allegedly ran drug-trafficking operations spanning several states, said Col. Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for the armed forces. Gunmen sought to ...

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Hedge fund exec gets 11 years for insider trading

NEW YORK — Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund billionaire at the center of the biggest insider-trading case in U.S. history, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years behind bars – the stiffest punishment ever handed out for the crime. “His crimes and the scope of his crimes reflect a virus in our business culture that needs to be eradicated,” U.S. District ...

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‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty in airline plot

The terrorism trial of the man accused of trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up an international flight to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 has ended with the Nigerian defendant accepting responsibility but justifying his failed attack on the United States. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab abruptly pleaded guilty to eight felonies Wednesday, halting the trial ...

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