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Decision lies between joining US-led coalition and possible Italy-led European regional coalition
By Dr Cesar Chelala On a rainy morning in April 1958, in Washington DC, Ezra Pound – then a 72-year-old man – was declared “incurably insane” by Judge Bolitha J. Laws, who set him free. As he prepared to leave for Italy, Pound declared: “Any man who could live in America is insane.” I wonder what Pound – …
Supporters in the western Afghan city burnt their voter registration cards in protest against alleged irregularities in the contest between the former foreign minister and rival Ashraf Ghani.
The attack on the security post targeted an entry point to an Airport Security Force (ASF) camp 500 metres (yards) from the airport’s main premises, and around a kilometre from the passenger terminal.
A plane carrying Aitan touched down at Marka military airport in Amman, and he was greeted by relatives and officials led by Prince Faisal bin Hussein, the brother of King Abdullah II.
Ukraine mounted a counteroffensive on Tuesday by vowing to treat the separatists as “terrorists” and making 70 arrests in a nighttime security sweep aimed at proving the Kremlin’s involvement in the secessionist movement.
The top US diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday as minutes before a press conference at the NATO headquarters, both sides went rogue.
AFP – Afghan police seized 22 tonnes of explosives destined for use in suicide and roadside bombs, officials said Tuesday, four days before elections that Taliban insurgents have vowed to attack. The explosives were uncovered in dozens of plastic-wrapped bags in the northern province of Takhar, as security forces ramp up efforts to protect candidates, …
AFP – Libya’s sovereign wealth fund is suing French bank Societe Generale in a British court for $1.5bn (€1.1bn) for allegedly channelling bribes to allies of the son of slain dictator Moamer Qadhafi, officials said on Monday. The Libyan Investment Authority is seeking compensation from the bank and from WalidGiahmi, an alleged associate of Saif …
“Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed,” Erdogan told a jubilant crowd of thousands, speaking from the balcony of his party’s Ankara headquarters
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a planned four-day visit, is to attend an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
Russia’s parliament voted Saturday to allow President Vladimir Putin to send troops into its western neighbour – a decision US President Barack Obama swiftly branded a “violation of Ukrainian sovereignty”.
Talks will focus on cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts
The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying their fighters had shot down a US helicopter in the province of Zabul.
A spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Kabul told AFP that the military was checking the information.
Six people have now died as a result of the attack, in which two suicide bombers stormed the Khyber administration’s compound in Peshawar as Zeb chaired a meeting on arrangements for the elections.
The US president warned that Karzai, with whom he has had a somewhat testy relationship, would have to accept a security agreement, still under discussion, granting legal immunity to US troops who remain behind.
Ministers also agreed to “appeal to donor states to honour their aid pledges
The latest launches were detected on Thursday and that was corroborated by an activist in the rebel-held town of Marea in the northern province of Aleppo
The mandate, which is expected to be presented to parliament early next week, would run to January 31, 2014.
Calls for inclusion, restraint, and dialogue
Nijrab Base, Afghanistan(AFP) – France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of a quickened departure from the war-torn country. Paris says all French combat soldiers will leave the country next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong International Security …
“Today our revolution enters its toughest stages and the cruelty of the regime against our people is proven limitless.” For all the issues that the Egyptian revolution has yet to resolve, Egyptians did not pen the above words. Representatives of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria did, and even as Egyptians have continued to be …
Karzai’s re-election in 2009 was marred by widespread allegations of fraud
NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that some of its troops were wounded along with Afghan soldiers, but would not disclose how many.
NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the bombing was by an Afghan agent.
Joint operations to continue at the battalion level and higher, while training Afghan troops continues
The NATO-led ISAF forces have conducted several operations around Afghanistan in an effort to arrest several Taliban leaders
Eight women killed, eight others wounded during the air strike
Bagram airbase located near detention facility handed over to Afghan control on Monday. Three Afghan ISAF soldiers killed after helicopter caught fire