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Kabul bomb leaves three civilians dead as Afghan forces take over security from Nato

A large bomb has killed three civilians in western Kabul this morning, shortly before the international military coalition officially passed responsibility for the security of Afghanistan to national forces. Related Stories At least three killed in Kabul bombing as Nato hands back military responsibility to Afghan army At least three killed in Kabul bombing as Nato hands back security lead to …

GM profit misses estimates; losses in Europe deepen

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, citing wider losses in Europe and lower vehicle prices plus higher costs in its core North…

Views from the Newsroom: Challenges to American Power (Video)

David E. Sanger and Daniel Klaidman discuss their respective books and assess the Obama administration’s national security policies and practices.

The Debate over Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade

Greenhouse gas trading is now a multibillion-dollar international business and is expected to continue to grow, despite uncertainty about a post-2012 international climate regime.

The Global Finance Regime

A broad-sweeping look at international efforts to regulate the global financial system. This is part of the Global Governance Monitor , an interactive feature tracking multilateral approaches to several global challenges.

No jihad threat in the U.S.? Really?

The facts beyond this widely publicized nonsense. “Muslim Moroccan on Way to Capitol Building for Suicide Mission Arrested,” from the American Freedom Law Center, February 20: Now, here’s an interesting story that developed over the weekend. A homegrown Muslim Moroccan, who thought he had been armed by Al Qaeda

Dead men walking look to Champions League boost

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri, himself a former Stamford Bridge manager, will be looking to the Champions League this week to boost their chances of keeping their jobs. Villas-Boas has been described as a ‘dead man walking’ by Ranieri and …

Teens jailed for S. Korean bullying suicide

A South Korean court sentenced two teenagers to prison terms Monday after they admitted bullying a school classmate until he committed suicide.

Japan posts record trade deficit

Japan — battered by a strong yen, slowing global demand and increased oil and gas imports due to last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster — posted a record trade deficit of $18.7 billion in January, according to official figures.

Terrorist suspect arrested near Capitol building

A Moroccan national was arrested near the US Capitol building on Friday as he tried to detonate a fake suicide vest that had been given to him by undercover

30 prisoners escape after riot in northern Mexico, governor says

Dozens died and 30 inmates escaped during a weekend prison riot in northern Mexico, an official said Monday.

Prison fight leaves 44 dead

A fight between rival gangs at an overcrowded prison on the outskirts of the northern Mexican manufacturing city of Monterrey left at least 44 dead yesterday, authorities said.

DARFUR: UN denies peacekeepers being held hostage in Darfur

The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) on Monday refuted a Darfur rebel group’s claim from earlier in the day that it had kidnapped 49 peacekeepers. UNAMID said the solders were “blocked” not kidnapped.

SENEGAL: Police disperse opposition protests in Senegal

Senegal police turned away small groups of opposition protesters Monday after days of riots against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term. The city emptied out amid fears of fresh violence as tensions run high ahead of

Doing Business – Country Moves to Improve Ranking

[Leadership] Nigeria has an ambitious plan to improve…

Inside the "Pirates of Somalia"

CNN’s Erin Burnett interviews Jay Bahadur, author of “Pirates of Somalia” on the rescue of two Americans held by pirates.

Europe Finance Ministers Set to Approve New Greek Bailout

Eurozone finance ministers are set to approve a new $171-billion bailout for Greece, at a meeting in Brussels. French Finance Minister Francois Baroin said Monday that after months of negotiations over terms of the deal for …

News Corp. launches its new Sunday tabloid despite ongoing scandal

News Corp. officials announced Sunday that the tabloid The Sun on Sunday would replace the now defunct News of the World. read more

Burma: How real are new press freedoms?

RANGOON — “In the past, they would scrutinize every sentence in every piece,” U Ko Ko, publisher of the Yangon Times, said of Burma’s censors. “Now they change less than 10 percent.” read more

FEATURE: Putin dominates television as Russia gets ready to vote By Benedikt von Imhoff, dpa Eds: Elections take place …

Moscow (dpa) – Featuring bizarre televised debates between candidate surrogates, government critics sounding off on state television and vicious propaganda battles fought over the internet, recent Russian political discourse has been anything but boring.But as the world‘s biggest country counts down to a presidential election…

Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik 'had hit-list of 30 targets'

Anders Behring Breivik had a death-list of 12 Norwegian “traitors” and his “Plan A” was to attack 30 targets including Norway’s Royal Palace and the HQ of Amnesty International, according to leaked police documents.

COMMENTARY: Asylum must not be denied

Petaling Jaya (The Star/ANN) – The deportation of a Saudi Arabian journalist to his home country, where he faces charges for alleged religious crimes, is turning out to be yet

Truce Declared in Row over Control of Bumi

Two men who waged a battle for boardroom control of UK-listed coal miner Bumi Plc have called a truce after talks in London at the weekend


SINGAPORE, Feb 20 (Bernama) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hassent a lawyer”s letter to the editors of the TR Emeritus (TRE) sociopoliticalwebsite, asking for a post alleging cronyism in the appointment of Madam HoChing as head of Temasek Holdings to be …

Turkish criminal gangs are ruling over the streets in the UK

Turkish criminal gangs are ruling over the streets in the UK, controlling much of the drug market in Germany, as well as providing political influence in the Netherlands. Turkish mafia

Showdown in Syria

The architects of the Libyan disaster in France, the UK, the United States and Qatar have decided that Syria is the next step in replacing dictators with Muslim Brotherhood allied “democratic” …

Open Your Eyes News » UN: Production of Afghan heroin jumps by …

Last year, levels increased by 61 percent, with more than 90 percent of heroin found on British streets being traced back to opiates cultivated in Afghanistan , according to UN figures. The UN figures make grim reading for …

- Asia – Iran – UN regulations mandate proper medical care for …

Several prisoners of conscience in Iran are in pressing need of proper medical treatment, which is not available inside the various prisons where they are held. However, the Iranian authorities are using

NASA, fantasy, and science

NASA has stoked the imagination of millions by talking about exploration of life on other planets because of the possibility of other planets being able to sustain life. However, just having water and the right …

Katzenberg takes DreamWorks to China

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation is moving into China with…

Dozens killed in Pakistan market blast

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack at a market in Pakistan’s tribal region has climbed to 34, a senior government official said.

North Korea threatens ‘merciless’ action over drills

North Korea today threatened to launch “merciless” strikes against South Korea over its planned live-fire drills near their disputed sea border.

Republican New Jersey governor vetoes gay marriage bill

Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill allowing gay marriage in the state of New Jersey on Friday as lawmakers in Maryland narrowly approved a similar

Samba time on the streets of Rio

Rio de Janeiro is set dazzle Sunday night when the city’s top samba schools will send extravagant floats and hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians towards the newly renovated Sambadrome, the “temple of samba”.

CBO Report: The Budget and Economic Outlook, Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its yearly Budget and Economic Outlook report on “‘baseline’ budget projections spanning the next 10 years. Those projections are not a forecast of future events; rather, they are intended to provide a benchmark against which potential policy changes can be measured.” The report…

Jewish groups decry ‘anti-Semitic’ Venezuelan state media article

Two Jewish organizations are calling on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop what they say are anti-Semitic attacks by his government’s media.

SENEGAL: Senegal’s anti-Wade front stumbles as election looms

Lacking real unity and seemingly unable to present a credible alternative to President Abdulaye Wade, Senegal’s opposition appears to be heading for yet another defeat at the polls.

Arab League no longer toothless?

For much of its history, the Arab League has been viewed as a toothless organization. That perception has begun to change in the aftermath of its responses to crises in Libya and Syria.

World leaders plan crackdown on Somali pirates

Special courtrooms in the Seychelles and Mauritius and purpose-built “pirate prisons” are among measures to be outlined this week as world leaders gather to plan a crackdown on Somali pirates.

Cars Circle Central Moscow in Anti-Putin Protest

Hundreds of Russian drivers are circling central Moscow to demand that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin allow free elections in Russia. Cars festooned with white balloons and ribbons traveled…

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