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A decade on, no clear answers in Afghanistan war

KABUL, Afghanistan – For 10 years, ever since the towers fell, the United States has fought a war in a distant land – in hopes, it says, of protecting American interests and making the world safer from terrorism. Now, as President Barack Obama plans to end U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by 2014, the question remains as muddy as ever: ...

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Fierce fighting near to Tripoli

Rebel forces in Libya have clashed with troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi about 80km (50 miles) south-west of the capital, Tripoli. A rebel spokesman in the Nafusa mountains said there had been heavy fighting on the outskirts of the strategic town of Bir al-Ghanam. The rebels told the BBC they were making a push for Tripoli. Meanwhile, Col Gaddafi ...

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What has the war in Afghanistan really achieved?

At least 60 people died in a suicide bombing just 25 miles from Kabul yesterday. In a few days’ time, a report on Afghanistan from the International Crisis Group will say that violence and the billions of dollars in international aid have brought wealthy officials and insurgents together. As a result, “the economy is increasingly dominated by a criminal oligarchy ...

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China frees dissident Hu Jia

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, Has been released after serving three and half-years in jail. “He is back home with his parents and me,” his wife, Zeng Jingyan, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Hu Jia was arrested in December 2007 after a long period of confinement at his home. He was sentenced in April in 2008 ...

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Syrians flee to Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, have crossed into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing government crackdown in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said. Other Syrians marched in a funeral for victims of the crackdown outside Damascus, demanding President Bashar Assad’s ouster. Most refugees arriving at the Lebanese border came after Syrian security forces ...

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African Union meets to map road to peace in Libya

Waiting game on Libyan front Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — The African Union will attempt Sunday to map a road to peace in Libya, despite a previous failed effort to end hostilities between Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and rebels seeking to oust the Libyan leader. The meeting follows claims a day earlier by the Libyan government that NATO warplanes bombed a bakery ...

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Garcia promises peaceful transition amid deadly Peru unrest

LIMA (AFP) – Peru's President Alan Garcia on Saturday promised a peaceful transition for incoming president Ollanta Humala, amid anti-mining violence the day before that left five people dead and 30 injured. "There are important goals, the first of which is to ensure a peaceful transition and smooth start for the (Humala) government," Garcia said in a statement to the ...

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Chaos feared as Syria crisis nears bloody impasse

WADI KHALED, Lebanon-When the Arab Spring came to Talkalakh, the little Syrian hill town a few minutes walk from this border village, it seemed to last barely a moment. Squads of secret police descended on the town within hours of the first protests. Then the army came with its tanks, and the shadowy pro-government militia called the shabiha. The May ...

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Netanyahu, Nasrallah and their words of death

As with the two households of fair Verona, where from ancient grudge breaks new mutiny, the fate of Hassan Nasrallah is tied with his raison d’être, the garrison state of Israel. As a perfectly legitimate political project, Hezbollah emerged in the aftermath of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, giving momentum and purpose to the cause of millions of Lebanese ...

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Israel and U.S. Should Attend Durban Summit on Racism

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Since one of the links between power and democracy in free societies is asking questions:(1) “Is it possible to have a deep respect for the Jews while rejecting Zionism, which appears to be an ethnically racist belief? At the same time, can one still appreciate the United States and its limited freedoms, while disagreeing ...

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