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Filipino troops still searching for terrorist

JIM GOMEZ Associated Press= MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A day after proclaiming the death of a top regional terrorist suspect in a U.S.-backed airstrike, the Philippine military acknowledged Friday that his remains still have not been found. Troops were searching the jungle camp that was hit Thursday for the body of Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, said ...

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Freezing Europe hit by Russian gas shortage

Freezing weather sweeping across Europe has led to a shortage of vital Russian gas supplies to several countries, officials say. An EU energy spokeswoman said eight countries had seen a reduction in gas due to increased demand in Russia. She said the situation was not an emergency but was being monitored. The cold snap is being blamed for scores of ...

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Greece Talks Enter ‘Final Phase’ on Second Bailout to Secure Place in Euro

Greece may conclude a seven-month effort to wrap up its second bailout in the coming days with the country’s stability hanging in the balance. A plan that’s been in the works since July may emerge from parallel talks among caretaker Prime Minister Lucas Papademos’s coalition members; international monitors and Greek officials; and Greece’s government and its creditors, as well as ...

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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at highest level in a decade

A string of bigger and more complex suicide attacks by insurgents in Afghanistan have pushed civilian deaths to their highest level in a decade a United Nations report says. Georgette Gagnon, director of human rights for the UN’s Kabul mission, said: “To the Afghan people, the credibility and value of a negotiation process and progress toward peace will be measured ...

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U.S. scrambles to avoid Israeli attack on Iran which ‘could come in months’

The West is trying desperately to talk Israel out of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities amidst fears that a strike could come in the next few months. The United States is leading the persuasion initiative, even though Washington has largely concluded that outside argument will have little effect on Israeli decision-making. Iran’s regime says it wants to extinguish the ...

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Panetta surprises with Afghanistan comments

WASHINGTON • President Barack Obama’s administration scrambled Thursday to tamp down the fallout out from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s surprise announcement that the United States would end its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected — a revelation that heightened confusion over U.S. strategy and stoked Afghan distrust of American intentions. The U.S. decision also could…

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