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US warns Iran over blocking oil strait: Report

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: The United States has used a secret channel to warn Iran’s leaders against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying that doing so would provoke a US response, the New York Times reported. Iran has threatened to close the narrow and strategic…

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Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

ROBERT BURNS Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses — an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to offer assurances of a full investigation and ...

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India loans $100 million to Mali for power project

BAMAKO: India has extended a $100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support the Asian giant’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat, a statement said. The joint statement, received…

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US to withdraw 7,000 troops from Europe: Panetta

WASHINGTON: The US will withdraw about 7,000 troops from bases in Europe as part a new defence strategy to accommodate hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts over the coming decade, a top US official has said. As part of 10-year defence strategy announced last week, the United States will withdraw two brigades, or roughly…

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Study says every star has planets

Every star twinkling in the night sky plays host to at least one planet, a new study suggests. That implies there are some 10 billion Earth-sized planets in our galaxy. Using a technique called gravitational microlensing, an international team found a handful of exoplanets that imply the existence of billions more. The findings were released at the 219th American Astronomical ...

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MI5 and MI6 ‘cleared’ over torture claims

British spies will be cleared in a number of cases of alleged complicity in the torture of detainees abroad, the BBC understands. Scotland Yard and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are to issue a joint…

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UN urges group of 77 nations to champion development agenda

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser have urged the Group 77 nations and China to ensure that due measures would be adopted during an upcoming UN conference on sustainable development. The bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 and China were urged to ...

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US tribunal urges trial of WikiLeaks suspect

A US military tribunal has recommended a court martial for Army Private Bradley Manning for allegedly funneling thousands of classified US documents to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. “The investigating officer [Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza] concluded that the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged,” the US ...

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New Afghanistan assessment reflects split U.S. views

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and NATO soldiers have weakened the Taliban but not enough to force the militants to abandon their fight against foreign troops, according to a new intelligence assessment that highlights an abiding division between the U.S. military and intelligence views on the war in Afghanistan. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new National ...

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Romney wins in NH, Ron Paul runs second

STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press= CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, improving on his first-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination. “Tonight we made history,” Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President ...

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