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Pakistan to have role in lasting Afghan solution, says ex-US general

Tweet Islamabad, Feb. 11 (ANI): Pakistan would have a role in any lasting solution in Afghanistan, a former commander of US and NATO forces in Kabul, wrote in his book-‘My Share of the Task’. General Stanley McChrystal, while discussing his role in the Afghan war, also explained why he believed it was important to have close working relations with the ...

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Fireworks usher in Year of the Snake

A billion-plus Asians ushered in the Year of the Snake yesterday with a cacophony of fireworks, after a Chinese televised gala featuring megastars, including Celine Dion, kicked off a week of festivities. From Australia to South Korea, millions of people traveled huge distances to reunite with their families for Lunar New Year — the most important holiday of the year ...

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Scores dead in Hindu festival stampede

Allahabad – At least 18 people were killed in a stampede in the Indian city of Allahabad on Sunday as Hindus returned from a river dip at the world’s largest religious festival. An overcrowded railway station footbridge buckled and a railing collapsed, sending some people slipping down the stairs and triggering the stampede, a top state government official told Reuters, ...

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Panetta fighting to the end against proposed defense spending cuts

As he prepares to retire to his California walnut farm this month, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is still fighting the battle that has consumed his entire tenure at the Pentagon: an increasingly desperate campaign to persuade Congress not to whack defense spending. In recent days, Panetta, 74, has uttered near-apocalyptic warnings about what will happen if Congress does not ...

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Blizzard paralyses US northeast, five dead, 700,000 lose power

A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States on Saturday, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The mammoth storm that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic dumped more than three feet (90cm) of snow across the northeast, the National Weather Service said. Coastal blizzard ...

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Netanyahu ally: Peace with Palestinians impossible

JERUSALEM – A powerful partner of Israel’s prime minister has called peace with the Palestinians “impossible,” saying the conflict between them and Israel can only be “managed.” Saturday’s comments from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman follow a White House announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama, expected to focus on a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. ...

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Sino-India water issue: Bilateral mechanism proposed

New Delhi: Water is emerging as a new possible irritant between China and India, which has proposed a bilateral mechanism to deal with it. In a significant move, India is pressing China to have either a water commission or a inter-governmental dialogue or a treaty to deal with water issues between the two countries. This comes in the wake of ...

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Economy to be focus of Obama’s address

State of the Union also to include other domestic issues and the Afghan war. Julie Pace, Associated Press Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 3:01 AM WASHINGTON – President Obama will focus his State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth at a time of high unemployment, underscoring the degree to which the economy could threaten his ...

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