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UN: Sharp drops in opium, coca production in 2010

VIENNA – World opium production decreased sharply last year due to a blight in Afghanistan but is expected to rebound, and coca growing and cocaine production also fell, the United Nations reported Thursday. Still, the United States remained the biggest market for cocaine in the world, and European cocaine demand was rapidly catching up, the Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs ...

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World War One to Afghanistan: Spinning Battles and Withdraws

Article by WorldNews.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Julius Cavendish, from Kabul, has just reported in “The Independent” how the battle of Nuristan was anything but an area that U.S.-NATO forces withdrew from, and in doing this, Afghani insurgents easily overrun the province and raised their flag of the Islamist movement. Recall several months when Nuristan fell to U.S.-NATO troops, it was ...

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Gadhafi, Libya rebels hold indirect negotiations

BEIRUT — Indirect talks on the future of Libya have been taking place between representatives of Moammar Gadhafi’s government and rebels based in the eastern city of Benghazi, an opposition spokesman said Wednesday. Mahmoud Shammam of the Transitional National Council said the private mediation efforts, which have yet to bear fruit, have been held in South Africa and France through ...

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Some Greeks fear government selling nation to help save it

ATHENS: They are the crown jewels of Greece’s socialist state, and they are now likely to go to the highest bidder: the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki; prime Mediterranean real estate; the national lottery; Greek Telecom; the postal bank and the national railway system. And then comes the mandated deeper round of austerity measures, which will slash the wages of ...

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Obama: 30,000-plus surge troops leaving Afghan

President Barack Obama hailed the beginning of the end of a devastating war Wednesday night, announcing he was pulling home 33,000 tops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the “surge” of forces he sent in to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for…

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44 killed in Russian highway plane crash

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty-four people were killed and eight badly injured when a plane crashed onto a highway and burst into flames in northern Russia, narrowly missing an inhabited area, officials said Tuesday. The RussAir Tu-134 tried to stage an apparent emergency landing in poor weather conditions just before midnight on a motorway two kilometres (1.25 miles) from its destination ...

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Bahrain activists sentenced to life in prison

Bahrain has sentenced 10 prominent activists to life in prison for plotting a coup during protests that rocked the Sunni-ruled Gulf island kingdom earlier this year, Reuters reports. The court on Wednesday also sentenced other defendants among 21 suspects on trial to between two and five years in jail. Protesters in Bahrain blocked roads and staged rallies before the mass trial ...

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In Congress, divisions over Libya

House leaders seek to ban U.S. use of force in the country, while a Senate bill throws support behind it. The disagreement casts doubt over the future of America’s role in the conflict. 1 By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau…

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Violence erupts in Belfast for second night as hundreds clash

A second bout of violence broke out on the streets of Belfast yesterday with police clashing with loyalists and republicans as petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown for a second night. Some 200 loyalists wearing balaclava helmets appeared in the late evening and attacked the Catholic Short Strand enclave in east Belfast with fireworks, bricks and stones despite a ...

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Greek Government Survives Confidence Vote

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament – gaining more than 151 votes. Papandreou called the vote to stop an internal party revolt and help him pass unpopular austerity measures that have caused strikes,…

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