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Clinton to Host US-Afghan Women’s Council Celebrations

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a celebration Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, in appreciation for its ongoing work to support women and girls in Afghanistan. A statement issued Tuesday says former first lady Laura Bush will be a special guest, while Afghan […]

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General Allen: US-Afghan Ties Strong Despite Recent Setbacks

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says ties between coalition and Afghan forces remain strong and that the military campaign to deny al-Qaida safe haven in the country is on track, despite recent setbacks. U.S. Marine Corps General John Allen told the U.S. House of Representatives panel Tuesday that in any counter-insurgency situation, […]

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Attacks Across Iraq Kill 46 Ahead of Arab Summit

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A wave of near simultaneous suicide attacks and car bombings in eight Iraqi cities killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 200 Tuesday, just days before Baghdad is to host the first Arab League summit in a generation. Bombs struck Shi’ite pilgrims in the holy city of Karbala, rocked the northern oil hub […]

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Pakistani Panel Demands End to US Drone Attacks, Apology for NATO Air Strike

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani parliamentary committee — tasked with laying out new terms of engagement with the United States and NATO — has demanded an end to U.S. drone strikes and an apology from Washington for a cross-border NATO strike last year that mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani troops. Committee chairman Mian Raza Rabbani read the report Tuesday […]

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Tibetan Activist Stages Hunger Strike From NY Hospital

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan activist staging a nearly monthlong hunger strike outside the United Nations is continuing his protest from a New York hospital Tuesday. The Tibetan Youth Congress said in a press release that Tibetan-American Dorjee Gyalpo was forced by police to seek medical care late Monday after he was unable to stand up on the […]

Manhunt Under Way in France for Gunman Who Killed 4 at Jewish School

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of police officers have joined in the manhunt for the suspected gunman in Monday’s fatal shooting of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in the southern French city of Toulouse, as schools across the nation observed a moment of silence for the victims. Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters Tuesday the […]

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HRW Calls on Russia to Stop Interfering in Peaceful Protests

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group has called on Russian authorities to protect the right to peaceful assembly, criticizing Moscow for detaining peaceful protesters and not holding accountable those responsible for any violations. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said Tuesday more than 130 protesters were detained Saturday and Sunday at three separate demonstrations in the capital, Moscow. […]

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Russia Offers Conditional Support for Annan’s Syria Plan at UN

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has offered conditional support for Western efforts to persuade the U.N. Security Council to approve a Syria peace plan drafted by international envoy Kofi Annan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday Moscow believes the Security Council should support Annan’s continuing efforts to achieve agreement between all Syrians engaged in the country’s year-long unrest. […]

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Romney Looks to Widen Lead with Illinois Primary Win

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Republicans in U.S. President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois are heading to the polls Tuesday to select the Republican candidate they want to see take on the Democratic president in November. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is looking to widen his lead over top rival Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s primary. Opinion polls released a day […]

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Addresses Parliament

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Queen Elizabeth has re-affirmed her commitment to the British people in a speech to parliament marking her 60th year on the throne. In her speech at Westminster Hall Tuesday, the queen said Britons are reminded of “their past, the continuity of their national story and the virtues of resilience, ingenuity and tolerance, which created it.” […]

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