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Deal likely to keep U.S. elite forces in key Afghan province – official

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan and U.S. officials are working on a compromise deal to allow American special forces to stay in a strategically key province near the capital in return for full Afghan control of a controversial jail, a top Kabul official said. U.S. soldiers of 3rd Platoon from the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division scan the area near the ...

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China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, vows to tackle bureaucracy and corruption

Li, who took over as premier from Wen Jiabao on Friday, also vows to maintain steady growth and reduce inequality China’s new premier, Li Keqiang, answers a question during his first press conference. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images China’s new premier promised to tackle bureaucracy, government excess and corruption as he began his term. Li Keqiang, who will steer the world’s ...

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China replaces Britain in world’s top five arms exporters

China has become the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter, a respected Sweden-based think tank said on Monday, its highest ranking since the cold war, with Pakistan the main recipient. China’s volume of weapons exports between 2008 and last year rose 162 per cent compared to the previous five year period, with its share of the global arms trade rising from 2 ...

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Nadal beats Del Potro to clinch Indian Wells title

By Mark Lamport-Stokes INDIAN WELLS, California, March 17 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal added another triumphant chapter to his remarkable comeback when he came from a set down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 4-6 6-3…

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Syria rebels seize security compound near Golan

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebels on Sunday seized a Syrian military intelligence compound in the southern Hauran Plain near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, stepping up attacks in the strategic region which stretches to the outskirts of the capital Damascus, rebel commanders said. The frontier, quiet since Israel and Syria agreed on a U.S.-brokered ceasefire in 1974, has turned volatile in ...

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Zimbabwe Authorities Arrest Opposition Officials and a Human Rights Lawyer

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Security officials arrested three senior officials of the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party, and a renowned human rights lawyer on Sunday, one day after a largely peaceful referendum on a draft constitution. Enlarge This Image Desmond Kwande/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Beatrice Mtetwa More Photos » Multimedia Slide Show Zimbabweans Place High Hopes ...

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Hungarians protest against Orban’s constitutional changes

Thousands of Hungarians have taken to the streets of Budapest to protest against changes to the country’s constitution. Critics of the amendments say that they would weaken Hungary’s democracy. Some of the protesters who braved freezing cold weather to gather in the capital, Budapest on Sunday, carried European Union or Hungarian opposition…

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Afghanistan progresses but still needs support

Special to the Star-Telegram Kunduz Province in northern Afghanistan is littered with the relics of 30 years of conflict. Rusting Soviet tanks sit next to burned-out helicopters. De-mining crews still work the fields. Kunduz was on the front lines of factional fighting during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s and was one of the last holdouts against the Taliban when ...

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Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland’s referendum on independence. The Scottish government will ask parliament officials if it can make a statement to MSPs on Thursday in which the autumn 2014 date will be revealed. The ballot paper question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” has already been confirmed. In addition, the government ...

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Rand Paul wins Washington Times-CPAC straw poll

(Washington Times) Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative…

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