Afghan assasination dashes peace hopes

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PATRICK QUINN Associated Press= KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The assassination of a former Afghan president reflects the dangers of negotiations with the Taliban: Any effort toward a peace deal can bring deadly action to stop it from factions within the multi-headed insurgency. Now supporters of the slain Burhanuddin Rabbani angrily […]

Cameron in talks over Palestine bid

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David Cameron will hold talks with world leaders at the United Nations as the Government weighs its response to an expected push for Palestinian statehood. The Prime Minister arrived in New York amid reports of a split in the coalition over whether to back an application for Palestine to join […]

Mullen says troop total in Iraq to drop sharply

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WASHINGTON — The number of American troops in Iraq will fall to roughly 40,000 by the end of this month as the U.S. winds down the war, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, initially said force levels would drop to 30,000 […]

Obama meets Erdogan after Ankara bomb blast

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a bliateral meeting with Turkey’s P… US President Barack Obama offered condolences over a bomb blast in Ankara Tuesday, as he sat down with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a key Middle East ally. Obama met Erdogan on the sidelines of the United […]

Polio strain spreads to China from Pakistan

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Polio has spread to China for the first time since 1999 after being imported from Pakistan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. It said a strain of polio (WPV1) found in China was genetically linked with the type now circulating in Pakistan. At least seven…

IMF Cuts Global Growth Estimate

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The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global economic growth and predicted “severe” repercussions if Europe fails to contain its debt crisis or if U.S. policy makers reach an impasse over a fiscal plan. The world economy will expand 4 percent this year and next, the IMF said today, […]