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US Can Still Win in Afghanistan, Military Expert Claims in NY Times Op-Ed

Although his recent New York Times polemic slamming Afghan war critics is entitled “This War Can Still Be Won,” Army Special Forces Major Fernando M. Luján makes an interesting admission near the end of his piece when he concedes that “winning” is a meaningless word when it comes to this type of war, a concept acquired — no doubt — ...

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Planes diverted as Mexico City airport power fails

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An unspecified number of flights have been diverted from Mexico City because a power failure darkened the capital’s international airport. Airport managers say power and flight service is expected to be restored before midnight. Officials say the apparent failure of a transformer threatened to start a fire at the facility. But they stress that passengers and ...

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Germany’s Merkel faces biggest test in euro vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a battle for her political survival on Thursday when some of her coalition, worried about throwing good money after bad by bailing out Greece, could humiliate her in a parliament vote on euro-zone rescue schemes. Support from the center-left opposition will ensure Germany passes the bill on new powers for the European ...

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UK ready to veto £40bn EU ‘transaction tax’ plan as row brews over further European integration

Britain has pledged to veto a £40billion ‘transaction tax’ on the City that the EU is planning as a means to make firms repay their debts after receiving huge state support. The UK Treasury said it will ‘resist’ European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso’s plan to impose a transaction tax on share dealing across the EU. The haul would raise ...

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China warns US against ‘interfering’ over Tibet

Beijing ‘ China on Wednesday warned the United States against interfering in its affairs after two Buddhist monks set themselves on fire and the US called for Beijing to respect the rights of Tibetans. The US State Department said Tuesday it was ‘seriously concerned’ by attempts by two monks at the Kirti monastery in southwest China’s Sichuan province to burn ...

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Afzal Guru’s clemency resolution in J&K assembly’s next session

SRINAGAR: The clemency resolution for 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru will come up for discussion in the next session of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as it could not be taken Wednesday as the house was adjourned for the day. A clash between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators led to a…

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Five LeT militants, three troopers killed in J-K gun battle

Srinagar, Sep 28 (ANI): At least five militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit and three security officials, including an army official and two policemen, were killed in a gun battle in the dense forest in Kralpora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara District.  Brigadier A L Chavan of General Staff 15 Corps today said that the battle started on ...

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US President to receive Tunisia Premier in Washington

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will receive Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi on October 7 for their first meeting in Washington since the overthrow in January of the Ben Ali regime, the White House said Tuesday. “During his meeting with the prime minister, the president looks forward to…

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Quake toll down to 60 in Sikkim

Gangtok, Sept. 27: The official toll of the earthquake in Sikkim has dropped to 60 from 77 after names that had appeared more than once on the casualty list were removed and those reported missing traced. A search team also recovered the decomposed body of Subrata Ranjan Nath, a retired brigadier from Calcutta who was the chief project adviser to ...

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