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Cameron Says Taliban Should Not Doubt Afghan Forces

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says the Taliban should have no doubt that international forces will be handing security responsibilities to an Afghan force capable of defeating an insurgency. Mr. Cameron said Thursday at a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul that global partners have committed to securing Afghanistan long beyond […]

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Indian Lawmakers Vote to Elect New President

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indian lawmakers are voting Thursday to elect a new president, with former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee an apparent lock to take over the mainly ceremonial post. Nearly 5,000 members of parliament and assembly members are casting ballots in national and state capitals to elect India’s 13th president. Mukherjee, a member of the ruling United Progressive […]

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Chinese Pressure Effecting ASEAN Unity on South China Sea Dispute

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Analysts say continued efforts to unify Southeast Asian nations on the issue of territorial disputes in the South China Sea are being complicated by Beijing’s rising influence in the region. ASEAN, a bloc of 10 Southeast Asian nations, for the first time in its 45 year history failed to produce a joint statement at a […]

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Bulgaria: Suicide Bomber Kills 7 in Bus Attack

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Bulgarian officials say a suicide bomber carried out Wednesday’s deadly attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said Thursday the attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas killed six Israelis along with the Bulgarian driver of the bus. He said the suspected bomber has not been identified, but was carrying […]

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Cameron Urges Security Council to Pass Tough Message on Syria Sanctions

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is urging the United Nations Security Council to pass “clear and tough” messages on sanctions against Syria. The Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a Western-backed draft resolution that could impose sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Mr. Cameron appealed to countries that have resisted previous calls for sanctions […]

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British Parliamentary Report Criticizes Security Preparation for Olympic Games

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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A British parliamentary committee report released Thursday says confidence in the London Olympics has been weakened by a private contractor’s failure to provide enough security guards. The Chairwoman of the Committee of Public Accounts,Margaret Hodge, said in the report the “chaos which has emerged over the security contract was predictable”. The security firm, G4S, has […]

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China Pledges $20 Billion in Loans for Africa

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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China has pledged $20 billion in new loans to Africa over the next three years to help development projects on the resource-rich continent. Chinese President Hu Jintao announced the loan offer Thursday at the opening of a summit with African leaders in Beijing. Mr. Hu said the funding would support agriculture, manufacturing and the development […]

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