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UK Troops Crucial In Ending Kabul Attack

British Special Forces were critical in bringing the Taliban attack in Kabul on Sunday and Monday to an end, despite Nato commanders insisting that the Afghans countered the attack without help. According to Sky News sources, a unit of British Special Boat Service (SBS) troops were among the Afghan soldiers who stormed the building where the Taliban fighters were hiding. ...

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Panetta apologizes for photos, ‘not who we are’

BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is apologizing for newly published photos depicting American soldiers posing with body parts of Afghans militants. Election 2012: Across the nation Boehner: Obama ‘checked out’ last Labor Day…

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EU slams governments for not enacting growth laws

BRUSSELS — The 27 member countries of the European Union have been slammed for not implementing laws designed to boost growth on the crisis-hit continent. The criticism, from the president of the European Union’s executive Commission, comes as the EU finds itself increasingly under pressure to do more to get its economy growing again as many of its members slash ...

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Russia accuses U.S. of undermining Syrian peace process

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the U.S. and its allies are trying to stymie the UN-led peace process in Syria by convincing the opposition to not cooperate with the Assad regime. Lavrov claimed that “outside forces” were trying to substitute the Security Council with various unofficial formats such as the Friends of Syria, a U.S.-led coalition which has taken ...

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Italian PM Mario Monti to cut economic growth forecasts for 2012

Mario Monti is set to cut Italy’s economic growth forecasts for 2012 in a move that will cast doubt on the viability of his austerity programme in the face of the advancing debt crisis. Italian PM Mario Monti is struggling to implement tough austerity measures Photo: AFP tag –> By Louise Armitstead 9:00PM BST 17 Apr 2012 Comments The technocrat ...

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UN Security Council tightens sanctions on North Korea over failed rocket launch

THE UN Security Council has ordered tightened sanctions on North Korea over its failed rocket launch and warned of new action if the isolated state stages a nuclear test. The 15-member council – including the North’s closest ally China and nuclear-armed Pakistan – "strongly condemned" the launch in a statement which highlighted "grave security concerns" in Asia. The council ordered ...

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Israeli beating of activist causes uproar

ARON HELLER Associated Press= JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli military officer’s seemingly unprovoked assault against an unarmed pro-Palestinian activist drew sharp condemnations Monday, raising questions in Israel over whether the country’s heavy-handed approach to nonviolent protesters was exaggerated and causing damage to Israel’s image. The assault, captured on video and featured in all major newspapers and TV broadcasts, follows ...

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Australia to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan Early: PM

Sydney. Australia said on Tuesday that it would bring its troops home from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned, with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains during the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014, but Prime Minister Julia ...

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A Watershed in the Development of the Bio-based Economy?

For those of you who have been patiently awaiting a commercially viable alternative to our economic dependence on oil, natural gas and coal, the past year has seen some very encouraging technology and business breakthroughs in the growth and development of a modern bio-based economy. These breakthroughs are so material and meaningful that it is perfectly legitimate to ask whether ...

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