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European leaders agree new rescue for Greece

BRUSSELS (AFP) – European leaders dug out a fresh rescue for debt-ridden Greece to avoid global financial chaos, but on condition Athens rallies parliamentary support for new austerity measures. As negotiators for the EU and the IMF struck agreement with the Greek government on spending cuts and tax rises worth 28 billion euros and plans to bring in tens of ...

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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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