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U.S. scrambles to avoid Israeli attack on Iran which ‘could come in months’

The West is trying desperately to talk Israel out of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities amidst fears that a strike could come in the next few months. The United States is leading the persuasion initiative, even though Washington has largely concluded that outside argument will have little effect on Israeli decision-making. Iran’s regime says it wants to extinguish the ...

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Panetta surprises with Afghanistan comments

WASHINGTON • President Barack Obama’s administration scrambled Thursday to tamp down the fallout out from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s surprise announcement that the United States would end its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected — a revelation that heightened confusion over U.S. strategy and stoked Afghan distrust of American intentions. The U.S. decision also could…

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Arabs, West seek to avert Russian veto of U.N. Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Arab and Western drafters of a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at stopping Syria’s bloody upheaval revised their text on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Russian veto, though the new draft includes language Moscow has rejected. Demonstrators protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Hula near Homs, in this handout picture received January ...

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U.N. Tentatively Backs a Plan for Syria

UNITED NATIONS — Security Council ambassadors reached a wobbly consensus on Thursday backing an Arab League plan for political change in Syria, after they dropped a specific reference to President Bashar al-Assad’s ceding of power. The resolution’s passage is far from assured, and it still…

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Khmer Rouge chief jailer gets life in prison

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Supreme Court has ordered the regime’s chief jailer to serve life imprisonment, a surprise ruling that stiffens a 19-year sentence imposed by a lower court. Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — was commander of the notorious S-21 prison where thousands of Cambodians were tortured before execution” In 2010, ...

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Police kill two in Egypt clashes

Egyptian police have shot and killed two protesters in Suez, a health official said, the first to die in clashes that erupted around the country after a riot at a soccer stadium killed 74, as sports violence spiralled into a new political crisis for Egypt. Protesters blame police for failing to control the riot after the football game in Port ...

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Obama says his policies are extension of his faith

JULIE PACE Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Blending politics and religion, President Barack Obama said his Christian faith is a driving force behind his economic policies, from Wall Street reform to his calls for the wealthy to pay higher taxes. Obama’s remarks Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast were his most explicit account of how his personal religious beliefs factor ...

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Egypt soccer violence kills 74, fans turn on army

* Anger over security forces’ failure to prevent unrest * Most victims killed in crush, say witnesses * Parliament to meet to discuss the violence * Remnants of Mubarak regime want more bloodshed-Brotherhood (Updates) By Yusri Mohamed PORT SAID, Egypt, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Seventy-four people were killed when supporters clashed at an Egyptian soccer match, prompting fans and politicians ...

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