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Panetta defends NATO’s Libya mission

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy — U.S Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday assailed people who have questioned the wisdom of the joint U.S.-NATO campaign against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying “the critics have really been proven wrong.” Completing an overseas trip, the defense secretary fiercely defended the Libyan operation as he got a new assessment from U.S. and NATO commanders ...

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Karzai says he let Afghans down on security

KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview broadcast on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. military campaign, said his government and its foreign backers had failed to provide ordinary Afghans with security. Karzai also said he had not ruled out talks with the Taliban insurgents believed to be behind last month’s assassination of his top ...

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We Can’t Go Home Again

By George H. Wittman on 10.7.11 @ 6:07AM Ron Paul-style isolationists are dead wrong on America’s place in the world. Many serious thinkers and writers have commented on the need for the United States to get out of Afghanistan and cease attempting to dictate policy and action to the Pakistanis. This thought process is then accompanied by the seemingly logical ...

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Live From Wall Street

By Bill Zeiser on 10.7.11 @ 6:08AM One clean-cut journalist goes undercover with the protesters. What exactly does one wear to a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions… [made up of] the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent”? This was my pressing question as I ...

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Profile: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has emerged as a champion of women’s rights after jointly winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with two other women – fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Tawakkul Karman. Johnson-Sirleaf, the 72-year-old who became Africa’s first elected female president in 2005, is running for re-election in next week’s polls, and her new status as a Nobel ...

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Timeline: UK forces in Afghanistan

Here is a timeline of key events in the UK’s military involvement in Afghanistan, which has been continuing for 10 years: 2001 September 11 – Nearly 3,000 people are killed when al Qaida terrorists hijack four passenger aircraft and crash them in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. October 7 – Then-prime minister Tony Blair confirms that British forces are ...

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Qaddafi Urges Followers to ‘Rise Up’ and Fill the Streets

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the deposed Libyan leader now in hiding, broke more than a week of public silence on Thursday with a recorded message beseeching his followers to flood the streets of their country and “raise our green flags to the skies.” Colonel Qaddafi’s message also denounced the Transitional National Council, the provisional government that succeeded…

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UNICEF Statement on Emergency in Tuvalu

Friday, 7 October 2011, 4:57 pm Press Release: UNICEF SUVA, 07 October 2011 – UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is deeply concerned at the plight of those affected by the severe water shortage in Tuvalu, especially the most vulnerable, children and women. Early estimates from government…

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