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Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career. FILE – In this June 23, 2011 file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence ...

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Mubarak returns to court in Cairo

CAIRO – Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt ousted in the revolution last February, was wheeled back into a courtroom here on a hospital gurney on Wednesday to resume his trial amid reports from supporters and opponents that the proceedings appeared to be going in his favor. It was the fifth session of the trial and the first since ...

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Brazil now world’s 6th largest economy, says think tank

AFP – Brazil has overtaken Britain as the world’s sixth largest economy, a London-based research group said Monday. In its latest World Economic League Table, the Centre for Economics and…

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Red Lines and Ticking Clocks: U.S. War Plans Against Iran

Before the first bomb falls disinformation specialists prepare the ground. Leading media outlets, foreign policy journals and a plethora of think tanks funded by elite foundations, energy and weapons’ conglomerates, “right,” “left” or “center” take your pick, churn out war propaganda disguised as “analysis.” From the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to the neoliberal Center for American Progress (CAP), rhetorical ...

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Beit Shemesh ultra-orthodox Jews clash with police

Ultra-orthodox Jews have clashed with police in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem. One police officer was slightly hurt and a number of Orthodox Jews detained, say reports. The town has become a focus of friction between…

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Drug suspect held in Mexico

Mexico City – The Mexican defence ministry on Monday paraded before the media a man suspected of being a senior aide to the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, the boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. In a statement, the defence ministry said Mexican soldiers had arrested Felipe Cabrera, known…

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Living Havel’s truth in the Arab world

During the last year of revolutionary protests across the Arab world, one of the things that most surprised me was how little Vaclav Havel and the Velvet Revolution he helped to lead, was mentioned by activists or even commentators as a model for understanding, or engaging in, the present revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. In so many ...

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Casualties from storm in Philippines continue to mount

December 26, 2011 — Updated 0644 GMT (1444 HKT) A boy holds a placard on a street in Cagayan de Oro on December 24, 2011. (CNN) — The death toll from the tropical storm that lashed the southern Philippines just over a week ago has risen further, the government said Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people continue to…

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UN trims its budget for second time in 50 years

The 193 UN member countries agreed on Saturday to cut the global body’s budget for only the second time in the past 50 years following a long night of negotiations. An accord struck at dawn on Saturday saw the 2012-2013 budget set at US$5.15 billion, down from US$5.41…

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US ‘eyes hands-off policy in Iraq’

The United States is mulling a far more subdued role in Iraq after pulling its troops out, and has no intention to send its forces back in despite a spike in violence, The New York Times reported on Sunday. US officials told the Times that President Barack Obama was adamant that the United States would not send troops back to ...

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