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Change is slow in Afghan society

For all of the progress Afghanistan has made in the past decade, there still remains an unwillingness to fully embrace real change across all areas of society. The case of Gulnaz, an Afghan woman, however, underlines the need for real and meaningful reforms. Gulnaz was jailed for adultery after being raped, then pardoned and set free. But now her brothers ...

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Elated, last US troops leave Iraq, ending war

The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy’s exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered and struggling to recover. The war cost nearly ...

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Iraqis who aided US left behind and fearful

It was supposed to be a simple deal: Work with the American occupation here for one year, and earn a visa to resettle in the United States. John put in 27 months as a linguist and adviser, both with the military and with a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) attached to the US embassy in Baghdad. Last November, midway through his ...

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Egypt violence: Third day of deadly clashes in Cairo

Protesters have been stoning security forces in Cairo on the third day of unrest in the Egyptian capital over the military government. Ten people are now known to have been killed and hundreds injured since the trouble began on Friday. It has emerged that precious national archives were burnt when the Institute of Egypt was set alight. The…

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Killing of bin Laden voted top news story of 2011

NEW YORK — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. Graphic shows a selection of 2011’s top stories More Nation & World stories » Stolen ...

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Egypt’s military clashes with protesters; 9 killed

SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press= CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers swept into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday, chasing protesters and beating them to the ground with sticks and tossing journalists’ TV cameras off of balconies in the second day of a violent crackdown on antimilitary protesters that has left nine dead and hundreds injured. The violent, chaotic scenes ...

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Historic visit to Libya by Pentagon chief Panetta

TRIPOLI, Libya — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said “the torch of freedom” has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic visit Saturday to Tripoli that the United States will do all it can to help the country move toward democracy. U.S. Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta boards a C-17 plane during his departure from Ankara, ...

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Iran’s fortunes in post-US Iraq clouded

CAIRO: The US military’s departure from Iraq opens the door to expanded Iranian influence in the Middle East, though that door could close fast if Iran’s closest Arab ally Bashar Assad falls from power in Syria. That’s among the uncertainties looming over the Middle East in the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to remove all US troops by the ...

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Pakistan PM seeks to dispel rumors of army rift

ISLAMABAD-Pakistan’s prime minister dismissed speculation of a rift between the government and the military over a secret memo sent to Washington seeking its help in averting a supposed military coup, saying the country was committed to democracy. Political tensions have soared in recent days as the Supreme Court begins a…

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