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NATO considers maintaining larger Afghan force through 2018

BRUSSELS — NATO is considering a proposal to fund a security force of 352,000 Afghan troops through 2018, as part of an effort to maintain security and help convince Afghanistan that America and its allies will not abandon it once combat troops leave in 2014, senior alliance officials said Thursday. Such a change, if NATO endorses it, could increase the ...

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Smallest planet discovered

Washington, February 22: Nasa has discovered the smallest known planet outside our solar system which is slightly larger than the moon and orbits its sun like host star every 13 days. Nasa’s Kepler space telescope detected the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to the sun in a new planetary system. The planets are located in a system ...

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Pistorius free, but movement restricted

Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius was on Friday released from custody after being granted bail, but the conditions thereof severely restrict his movement. Pistorius thanked Magistrate Desmond Nair, and walked out of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court C, nine days after news broke that he had shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a bathroom at his house, on Valentine’s Day. ...

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UN to hold special session in 2014 on population

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Twin bombings kill 14, wound more in south India

OMER FAROOQ Associated Press= HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A day after two bicycle bombs killed 14 people and wounded more than 100, investigators into India’s worst bombing in more than a year searched Friday for possible links to anger over the execution of a Muslim militant. The bombs exploded minutes apart late Thursday in a crowded shopping area in the ...

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French, Mali Troops in Gao Push Out Islamist Rebels

France’s defense minister says that Malian and French troops have pushed out Islamist rebels who temporarily seized the town hall and mayor’s residence in the city of Gao in northern Mali. Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters Thursday in Brussels that five Islamists were killed in the…

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India strike enters second day

A strike called by India’s trade unions over the government’s economic reforms has entered its second day. Security is tight in Noida, a Delhi suburb where angry workers attacked factories and set ablaze 25 vehicles, including a fire truck, on…

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NATO to consider maintaining larger Afghan force

BRUSSELS – Senior NATO officials say the alliance is strongly considering a proposal to continue funding an Afghan security force of 352,000 troops through 2018, as part of an effort to maintain security and help convince Afghanistan that America and its allies will not abandon it once combat troops leave in 2014. Last May, NATO agreed to underwrite an Afghan ...

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