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The Afghan war: About to get interesting

Maj. Fernando Lujan gave a fast-paced, lively talk on the future of the American mission in Afghanistan. His interlocutor, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, kicked off this part of the CNAS conference with a provocative question: Aren’t most Afghan soldiers lazy, corrupt guys just waiting to shoot an American soldier in the back? Lujan tackled…

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Fighting breaks out between northern Mali rebels

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Witnesses say fighting has broken out between two groups vying for control of northern Mali. Oumar Ould Hamaha, a fighter with the Islamist group known as Ansar Dine, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that at least three people had been wounded during a confrontation in the city of Timbuktu. The fighting took place between Ansar ...

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Suu Kyi sets out on first Europe trip in 24 years

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — When Aung San Suu Kyi last saw Europe, it was still divided into the democratic West and communist East. Her homeland of Myanmar was still under oppressive military rule. The long-time democracy activist set out Wednesday on her first European trip since 1988 to make a long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and ...

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Army future at risk with cull of most experienced officers

The Armed Forces’ future is at risk after losing a generation of its most experienced officers, politicians and commanders said yesterday. Among them were 630 officers with 300 coming from the Army, 250 from the RAF and 70 Royal Navy. At least eight brigadiers and 60 lieutenant colonels have gone along with 15 air commodores and 17 Navy captains Photo: ...

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Why a German bailout will make euro zone worse?

Tweet MUNICH: Although Europe may seem far away from the economic life of the average American, the fate of the euro zone weighs heavily on the United States economy. Pension funds have invested in bonds issued by southern European states, while banks and insurance companies have underwritten a sizable fraction of the credit-default swaps protecting investors against default. It’s no ...

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Greece and the EU in a high-stakes poker game

What once seemed unthinkable is now being discussed openly in Brussels. Greece could leave the eurozone following parliamentary elections on Sunday. All sides are playing a high-stakes game of poker. Those who want to discover what Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker thinks about Greece’s future have to brace for some contradictions. “I don’t envisage, not even for a second, Greece leaving ...

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Former prime minister Major lifts lid on Murdoch

RUPERT Murdoch had sat at former prime minister John Major’s dinner table before the 1997 election and threatened that unless the Conservative government changed its policy on Europe, it would lose the support of Mr Murdoch’s News International papers, he told the Leveson inquiry yesterday. In a strong attack on News Corporation’s influence on UK life, Sir John said that ...

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Astronomer claims to find Oldest Galaxy in the Universe

Tweet Using some the most powerful telescopes present on Earth surface, a team of Japanese astronomers has claimed to find the oldest galaxy in the universe. According to them this galaxy age is 12.91 billion years. Subaru and Keck are the two telescopes located on Mount Kea of Hawaii that have been used in this…

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Thousands protest, defy tough Russia crackdown

By Lynn Berry and Laura Mills Associated Press Comments Opposition activists rally against President Vladimir Putin’s third term in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday. Some of the most charismatic protest leaders’ apartments were raided a day before they were called in for questioning. (Olga Maltseva / Getty Images) Moscow- Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin’s crackdown on the opposition, ...

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China boycotts religious event over Tibet presence

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