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Nicolas Sarkozy announces France to withdraw 1,000 troops from Afghanistan by end of 2012

French president Nicolas Sarkozy said during a visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday that France will pull out 1,000 troops from its mission there by the end of 2012, as it speeds up its withdrawal with the United States. French soldiers have been involved in the U.S.- and Nato-led Afghanistan operation since 2001 Photo: EPA Sarkozy – on an unannounced five-hour visit ...

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Obama urged to investigate Bush torture claims

A campaign group has said the US president should order a criminal investigation into alleged torture sanctioned by the Bush administration. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there is “overwhelming evidence” of torture ordered by George W Bush. The former president has defended some of the techniques, saying they…

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Karzai’s brother shot dead in Kandahar

Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, has been killed by one of his own bodyguards. “I confirm that Ahmad Wali was killed inside his house,” Zalmay Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, told the Reuters news agency. Wali Karzai was shot dead by Sardar ...

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Pakistan threatens to pull back troops from Afghan border

Islamabad, Jul 12, (PTI): Tuesday, July 12, 2011 –> Pakistan today threatened to pull back its troops from the border with Afghanistan, as Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said his country could not afford to keep forces deployed there following the suspension of US military assistance. Reacting to the Obama Administration’s decision to suspend USD 800 million aid to Pakistan, ...

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Murdoch grip on reins comes under fire in hacking

Akira Suemori Members of the media gather outside News International’s office in London, Monday, July 11, 2011. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday urged Rupert Murdoch to reconsider his bid for broadcaster BSkyB, citing an outpouring of revulsion that followed the phone hacking scandal that hit the tabloid News of the World. “factbox” –> More News As investors punished ...

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Former British PM alleges reporters sought his personal information

‘News of the World’ final edition London (CNN) — A scandal that already has taken down Britain’s best-selling Sunday tabloid and launched an inquiry into journalistic practices in the country widened Monday with startling allegations against two more News International newspapers. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown believes journalists from the Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers tried to obtain private ...

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Syrian protesters attack US, French embassies

BEIRUT: Syrian government supporters smashed windows at the US Embassy in Damascus on Monday, raised a Syrian flag and scrawled graffiti calling the American ambassador a “dog” in anger over the envoy’s visit to an opposition stronghold, witnesses said. French Embassy guards in the Syrian capital fired in the air to hold back loyalists of President Bashar Assad’s regime who ...

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A Tale of Two Airlifts: Gaza and Berlin

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling Before discussing the recent Free Gaza Flytilla and a Gaza Airlift, most people are familiar with the 1948 Berlin Airlift. Three years earlier near the end of World War Two and at the Potsdam Conference, Germany and Berlin were divided into four separate zones. Each zone was to be administered by Great Britain, France, ...

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Cameron ready to sink BSkyB deal

David Cameron launched a desperate bid to kill Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of BSkyB last night – finally signalling a decisive break with the media mogul. Downing Street revealed the Prime Minister wants to prevent the tycoon buying out the television company until criminal proceedings have concluded into the News of the World hacking scandal. That could delay the £10 billion ...

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