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Obama ‘heartbroken’ over Afghanistan killings as he promises full investigation

Barack Obama insists deaths do not change US commitment to Afghanistan and says those responsible will be punished Obama said: ‘I’ve directed the Pentagon to make sure that we spare no effort in conducting a full investigation.’ Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The massacre of Afghan civilians said to have been carried out by US soldier is “outrageous and unacceptable,” President ...

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Israel-Gaza truce mostly observed

GAZA (Reuters) – An Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip was largely observed on Tuesday after four days of violence in which 25 Palestinians were killed and 200 rockets were fired at Israel. Islamic Jihad militants make their way to the home of their comrade who was killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday, ...

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Ivory Coast president appoints new prime minister

Ivory Coast’s president has appointed a new prime minister. The announcement Tuesday comes nearly a week after Guillaume Soro resigned from the post in order to…

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US, EU, Japan challenge China over minerals trade

The United States, the European Union and Japan filed complaints Tuesday with the World Trade Organization charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths, minerals that are vital to the production of technology components. China has a stranglehold on the global supply of 17 rare earth minerals that are essential for making high-tech goods including hybrid cars, weapons, ...

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To Retaliate or Not: Hizballah’s Calculus Following a Strike on Iran

Hizballah’s response to military action against Iran could be shaped by rational cost-benefit analysis, a perceived spiritual obligation to defend its Shiite patron in Tehran, or both. The potential consequences of an American or Israeli preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear weapons sites are legion. For example, Tehran might fire missiles in retaliation, launch terrorist attacks, or attempt to disrupt oil ...

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Credible probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka needed: CPI(M)

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday stressed the need for a “credible and independent investigation” into the allegations of human rights violations and killings during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka…

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Assad says Syrian election in May

SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has called parliamentary elections for May 7, even as monitors said fresh violence cost nearly 50 lives and a pro-regime daily reported the capture of a rebel city. Mr Assad’s announcement of elections came as UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was still expecting a response from the Syrian leader to "concrete proposals" to ...

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Why Turkey Hasn’t Intervened in Syria

New Republic, March 13, 2012 Turkey’s boldest response to the crisis in Syria came last week, when Prime Minister Erdogan called for the establishment of humanitarian aid corridors to help civilians there. But those hoping that Ankara’s aggressive rhetoric will soon be matched by equally assertive action will be sorely disappointed. If Turkey has one priority these days, it’s maintaining ...

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More than 8,000 killed in Syria unrest – UN official

More than 8,000 people have died since anti-government protests erupted in Syria a year ago, a UN official says. UN General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser said many women and children were among the victims. His comments come…

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Cameron and Obama hail relations ahead of PM’s US visit

David Cameron and Barack Obama have described the "unique and essential" relationship between the US and UK ahead of a visit by the prime minister to Washington. In a joint article for the…

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