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Italy president tells Monti to stay until new government formed

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday he would need to stay on as long as political parties fail to reach an accord that would allow a new government to be established after a deadlocked election. Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister and leader of a coalition of centre parties Mario Monti speaks during a ...

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US to Bolster Missile Defenses in Face of North Korea Threat

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster U.S. missile defenses in response to “irresponsible and reckless provocations” by North Korea, which threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States last week. Hagel said the Pentagon would add 14 new anti-missile interceptors at Fort Greely in Alaska – an effective reversal of an early Obama administration ...

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Foreign Policy: How not to withdraw from Afghanistan

Eleven years of costly war have confirmed that there is no military solution in Afghanistan. As one U.S. commander in Afghanistan retires and another takes his place, it’s time to focus on a political and economic transition to Afghan rule. It’s time to finally bring U.S. troops home. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced that ...

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Turkish Cypriots eye turning to Muslim states for recognition

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Frustrated by a stalled process to reunite Cyprus, the de facto Turkish Cypriot state that has run the north for almost four decades says it is considering asking fellow Islamic states for formal recognition. That would infuriate the Republic of Cyprus government, a European Union member that describes the north as being under illegal military occupation since ...

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Maryland death penalty ban goes to governor’s desk

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers approved a measure abolishing the death penalty on Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has long supported banning capital punishment. The House of Delegates voted 82-56 for legislation already approved by the Senate. Eighty Democrats and two Republicans voted for the bill, which needed 71 votes to pass. Eighteen Democrats joined ...

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UN denounces US drone use in Pakistan

The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator has said. “As a matter of international law, the US drone campaign in Pakistan is … being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate Government ...

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George H.W. Bush Letters: New Edition Features Minor Revelations

An updated edition of George H.W. Bush’s letters has just been published, and it contains some unexpected revelations. The latest release of All The Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings ($35, Scribner) contains letters sent over the past 15 years about various topics, including his son’s defeat of John Kerry (in a letter to his friend ...

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US warns Afghan leader’s comments threaten troops

KIMBERLY DOZIER , The Associated Press Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 8:03 AM KABUL, Afghanistan – The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, is warning his troops to be ready for increased violence because of a series of anti-American statements by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai has accused the U.S. of colluding on suicide attacks with the…

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HIV rampant among South African schoolgirls

As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, because older men are exploiting them, according to the country’s health minister. Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that four percent of schoolboys have the virus, proving it is “sugar daddies” who are responsible. “It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. ...

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