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The Winners and Losers of the Taliban Reintegration Process

In Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., the future of Afghanistan regularly features as the theme of intense discussions at the U.S. Department of State and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces gets closer and Washington reaches out to the “reconcilable Taliban” for a process of reintegration, many accomplished Afghan professionals do ...

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Vladimir Putin declares post-Soviet period over, but fails to address protests

Vladimir Putin declared the post-Soviet period over and promised Russia a rosy economic future in his last major speech as prime minister on Wednesday, but failed to address the recent wave of public discontent over his return to the presidency. Russia’s Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin speaks in the State Duma lower house of parliament, in Moscow Photo: AFP ...

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Day in pictures: 11 April 2012

A guard stands to attention at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, as Afghanistan Minister of National Defence Abdul Rahim Wardak arrives on a visit. Thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims are expected in Pakistan for the Baisakh celebrations at the Sikh Shrine at the birthplace of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism. Competitors wait backstage during the screening session…

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U.S. should leave Afghanistan now

“Stay the course,” the opinion piece by Sens. John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham in the April 1 News, was a one-sided, misguided view of our involvement in Afghanistan. The senators claim that leaving would be disastrous, but it’s our military operation that’s been…

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Mali’s new president to take office on Thursday

Bamako – Mali’s parliament speaker will be sworn in as interim president on Thursday, ending a brief period of military rule that saw Tuareg rebels and Islamists seize half of the west African country. The Constitutional Court formally approved the weekend resignation of President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was ousted in a March 22 coup by junior officers demanding more ...

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Police Use Force To Foil Employees’ March

Srinagar, April 10: Chaos erupted near the Old Secretariat here on Tuesday as the police came down with batons and water cannon on agitating state employees, with union leaders announcing a state-wide strike on April 17. A Joint Consultative Committee leader was arrested along with scores of protestors as…

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Santorum quits White House race

Gettysburg: Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the long and hard-fought battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his “against all odds” campaign as Romney’s tenacious conservative rival. Santorum’s withdrawal sets up what is sure to be an acrimonious seven-month fight for the presidency between Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Democratic ...

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Empire State Building IPO could bring big tax bill

Tweet NEW YORK: Malkin Group’s plans to make the Empire State Building the centerpiece of a real estate investment trust have hit another snag — long-time investors in the building could be vulnerable to huge tax hits, according to filings with the US Security and Exchange Commission. The tax bills could be triggered by differences in the type of shares ...

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Saudi activists fight through their fear

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Mohammad Fahad Al-Qahtani is a busy man with a dangerous passion. A human rights activist and relentless writer of letters and legal briefs, he challenges a kingdom that demands unquestioned authority. He slips videos onto the Internet and fires off missives to King Abdullah, calling for the freeing of political prisoners and the arrest of the ...

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Abu Hamza US extradition court ruling due later

European judges will rule later whether six terror suspects, including radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, can be extradited from the UK to the US. They include alleged terror fundraiser Babar Ahmad and two men accused of a role in two 1998 US embassy bombings. The European Court of Human Rights has considered whether human rights would be breached if ...

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