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Apr 06,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's political and military elites don't agree with the United States that the threat from Islamic extremists is a dire one, analysts say. U.S. President Barack Obama's call for Pakistan to commit to an all-out effort to fight Taliban and al-Qaida militants in exchange for sizable increases in foreign aid is being rebuffed by many in the military who view India as the enemy, The New York Times reported Monday. Many mid-ranking ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
ANKARA, Turkey -- U.S. President Barack Obama honored Turkey's founding father Monday against a backdrop of international condemnation of North Korea's failed missile launch. Obama's schedule on the last segment of his eight-day trip to Europe included an address to the Turkish parliament and a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the Turkish capital of Ankara, Obama honored the memory of modern Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2009
TORONTO -- Toronto police cut short a demonstration by about 30 pro-Palestinian Jews calling for a boycott of kosher Israeli wines outside a liquor store. Police asked the Not In Our Name Jewish group critical of Israel's handling of the Palestinian situation to disband a half-hour earlier than they planned Sunday afternoon as heckling from pro-Israeli Jews was mounting, the Toronto Sun reported Monday. Jews have begun stocking up on wine and foods for this ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Najib Tun Razak said Friday, after being officially sworn in as Malaysian prime minister, that he is intent on renewing the country with help from its people. Using the slogan "One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now," Najib assured the public he was focused on promoting the needs of the Malaysian people through his new governmental post, Bernama said. "I will be steadfast in my commitment to meet the needs, aspirations and concerns of ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
ROME -- The British Embassy in Rome said Friday that Britain's Prince Charles will take time during his upcoming trip to Italy to visit Pope Benedict XVI. The embassy said in a statement that Charles will meet with the pope on April 27, the same day he is expected to discuss climate change with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the Italian news agency ANSA said. The prince of Wales will be accompanied on his April 26-30 trip by ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
BEIJING -- Eight parents and teachers have been arrested in China on charges they helped students cheat on college entrance exams using communication devices. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that the unidentified suspects were detained on state secret charges for using scanners and wireless earpieces to give test takers exam answers. Suspects involved in three cheating incidents in China's Zhejiang province have already been sentenced to between six months and three years in prison. No information regarding any ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is prepared to send up to 1,000 additional British troops to Afghanistan, an official said Friday. The unidentified official said the possible troop deployment was Brown's attempt to improve security efforts in Afghanistan in advance of the country's presidential election scheduled for August, The Guardian said. More than 8,000 British troops are already in Afghanistan. The reinforcements could be deployed to the country's Helmand province to aid in anti-Taliban efforts. The ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said Friday his country is prepared to work with South Korea to improve relations between the countries. Hu, meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in London, expressed confidence that relations witll be improved, China's official state-run Xinhua news agency said. The Chinese president said both sides should use the worldwide economic crisis to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. "This is of positive significance to promoting economic growth of the two ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine, seeking NATO membership, says it will allow the organization to move non-military cargo across its land to Afghanistan. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said an agreement was signed Thursday in Brussels by NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Ukrainian NATO envoy Ihor Sagach, RIA-Novosti reported. Ukraine has been pursuing NATO membership since pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko was inaugurated in January 2005. However, opinion polls indicate that the majority of Ukrainians continue to oppose ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Nine NATO vehicles were destroyed in a depot near the Pakistani city of Peshawar in an attack by suspected Taliban forces, officials said Friday. Police official Anwar Khan said the suspected militants attacked the Port World Logistic terminal using gas bombs and rockets before being repelled by police forces, Pakistan's English-language newspaper Dawn said. "We are also in the process of assessing the damage (from) the fire that broke out after militants threw hand ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says he strongly condemns the public flogging of a girl in his country's Swat Valley. The prime minister said he has asked for a full investigation and report into the Swat Valley incident that he insists went against Islamic principles and tarnished Pakistan's image, Pakistan's English-language newspaper, Dawn, said Friday. Gilani also insists his government fully supports women's rights and does all it can to protect those rights. A ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
STRASBOURG, France -- U.S. President Barack Obama Friday called on Europe and the United States to change their attitude toward each other to better confront joint problems. Addressing roughly 3,000 students at a town hall-style meeting in Strasbourg, France, Obama conceded that the trans-Atlantic alliance had been allowed to "drift" over the years. Americans in the past often showed "arrogance" toward Europe, failing to appreciate its leadership on many issues, Obama said. "But in Europe, there ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told children at a North London school that being smart is cool, and education is the most important thing in life. Obama spoke to students at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Thursday, her last day in Britain, where President Obama was attending the Group of 20 summit of industrialized nations, The Times of London reported Friday. "If you want to know the reason why I am standing here, it's because of ... [full story]
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