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Sarpanch shot dead by suspected militant in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, February 24: Suspected militants on Sunday night gunned down a sarpanch affiliated to ruling National Conference in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Javed Ahmed Wani was shot at and critically injured by the suspected militants inside his house in Kreeri area of Baramulla at around 7.40 pm, they said. Wani was rushed to a nearby hospital ...

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Free trade with Europe may be a tough fight

Trade has been a constant source of friction between the U.S. and Europe, with fights over everything from hormone-laden beef to subsidized airplanes. Now, leaders on both sides of the Atlantic want to put the contentiousness aside and negotiate a free-trade agreement. Eliminating all, or even most, trade barriers between the world’s two richest economies is a tall order, but ...

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Washington nuclear waste tanks ‘leaking’

Six underground storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation along the Columbia River in the US state of Washington have been found to be leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to human health, state and federal officials said. “There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than five ...

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PM says ‘Japan’s back,’ vows stronger ties with US

MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister declared Friday he would make his country a stronger U.S. ally and joined President Barack Obama in warning North Korea that its recent nuclear provocations would not be tolerated. After meeting Obama in the Oval Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also sent a clear message to China: that while ...

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UK loses top AAA credit rating

Britain suffered its first ever sovereign ratings downgrade from a major agency last night when Moody’s stripped the country of its coveted top-notch triple-A rating, dealing a major blow to finance minister George Osborne. Moody’s said weak prospects for British economic growth, which have thrown the government’s deficit reduction strategy off course, lay behind its decision to cut the rating ...

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NEW: Storm slams Midwest, aims at Northeast

DES MOINES, Iowa – A major snow storm that shuttered airports in Missouri, stranded truckers in Illinois and buried parts of Kansas in knee-deep powder was promising a messy and possibly dangerous commute Friday morning as it crawled northeast. Wind gusts of 30 mph were expected to churn-up snow that fell overnight in southern Wisconsin, where forecasters were warning Milwaukee-area ...

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German: US to leave 8,000-12,000 troops in Afghan

BRUSSELS (AP) — A German official is saying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told NATO allies that the U.S. will leave between 8,000-12,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters Friday that Panetta informed him of the numbers. U.S. officials…

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Drugs, War and Occupation

The United States invaded Afghanistan over eleven years ago. Men and women who were seven and eight years old are now enlisting in the military. Some of them will end up walking the streets and trails of that faraway land before their enlistments are up. Even if the Obama administration keeps its pledge to withdraw 34,000 US troops in the ...

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