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Obama to Name Crocker to Broadcast Governing Board

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will nominate former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker to the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The independent agency oversees U.S.-supported, civilian international broadcasts such as the Voice of America. Crocker cited health issues when he retired last year after serving three decades in world hotspots, most recently in…

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Pressure rises on White House over Benghazi talking points

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration fought back on Friday against Republican accusations that it covered up details of last year’s deadly assault on a U.S. mission in Libya, after a news report that memos on the incident were edited to omit a CIA warning of a threat posed by al Qaeda. White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during ...

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Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot

The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot _ and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories. Diplomats from eight Arctic nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, will meet next week over how to protect the thawing region ...

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Karzai says US can have 9 Afghan bases after 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said Thursday that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014. A border spat with Pakistan and a desire to test public opinion led ...

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Israel to build 300 new settlement homes in West Bank

Palestinians have accused Israel of jeopardising attempts to restart peace talks after Israel announced plans to build almost 300 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah. The decision by Israel’s civil administration, the military body that runs day to day affairs in Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank, came despite reports ...

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Hezbollah Threatens Israel Over Syria Strikes

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group, escalated tensions with Israel on Thursday over the recent Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, suggesting that the Syrian government would respond by providing Hezbollah fighters with the weapons that Israel wants to keep out of their hands. While the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, did not specify the type of ...

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Hezbollah says Syria will supply it weapons

Syria will supply “game-changing” weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Thursday. He made the comments less than a week after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus targeted alleged shipments of advanced Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah. Israel has signaled it will respond with airstrikes to any future weapons shipments, meaning it could quickly get ...

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‘US does not seek permanent military base in Afghanistan’

May 09: The United States does not seek a permanent military base in Afghanistan, the White House has said, strongly refuting the claims made in this regard by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “The United States does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan, and any US presence after 2014 would only be at the invitation of the Afghanistan government and ...

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