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US Army General Jeffrey Sinclair Faces Assault Accuser

Washington - A US Army captain who accuses a general of sexually assaulting her has wept as she told a court he threatened to kill her family. The unidentified accuser spoke after opening arguments in a military trial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, against Brig Gen Jeffrey Sinclair, 51. Defence lawyers said the general was the victim of an infatuated woman and a prosecution under political pressure. The Pen ...

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Libya Port Rebels Say Have Started Exporting Oil

Tripoli - Armed protesters who have seized oil ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government, with their first shipment going to a North Korean-flagged tanker. Officials at state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) confirmed earlier on Saturday that the tanker was docked at the Es-Sider port, which is under the control of a rebel group demanding autonomy an ...

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Turkish Ex-Military Chief Ilker Basbug Freed From Jail

Ankara - A former Turkish army chief who was sentenced to life for his role in a plot to overthrow the government has been freed from prison in Istanbul. A local court ordered the release of Gen Ilker Basbug, a day after Turkey's constitutional court overturned his sentence citing a legal technicality. Gen Basbug, who was in charge of the Turkish military from 2008 to 2010, was sentenced to life in August 2 ...

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China Draws ‘Red Line’ on North Korea, Says Won’t Allow War on Peninsula

Beijing - China declared a "red line" on North Korea on Saturday, saying that China will not permit chaos or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through denuclearization. China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic supporter, though Beijing's patience with Pyongyang has been severely tested following three nuclear tests and numerous bouts of saber rattling, including ...

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Ukraine Standoff Intensifies; Russia Says Sanctions Will ‘Boomerang’

Kiev - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could har ...

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Malaysia Airlines Plane Missing, Presumed Crashed in South China Sea

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed, as ships and planes from countries closest to its flight path scoured a large search area for any wreckage. Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had reported that the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had crashed off south V ...

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Russia Sticks to Its Demands in Ukraine Crisis

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday the new Ukrainian government should stick to an agreement signed by the ousted president, signaling no change in Moscow's position over the Crimea crisis. The peace deal on February 21 between now-deposed President Viktor Yanukovich and leaders of what were then opposition parties foresaw the creation of a national unity government and an inve ...

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UNICEF Working With Kabul on End to Child Soldiers

NEW YORK - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has said they are working with the Afghan government to realise the action plan Kabul signed with the United Nations in 2011 on ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers. Lake said this in New York on day earlier when , who along with UN Secretary-General’s special representative for children and armed conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui, launched the UN’s g ...

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I SEE YOU; Campaign against Corruption in Kabul

  Kabul- yesterday in Kabul city a social campaign under name of I SEE YOU, and slogan of (corruptible officials are not hidden from God and People eye) anti-corruption was organized by Peace Street Group volunteers. the aim of this campaign was promoting the culture of standing against corruptible people and publicizing bad face and hatred against corruption, the camping was contain different parts, d ...

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China Says to Work with Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

Beijing - China said on Saturday that it will work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism, after it blamed a deadly train station attack on extremists from its western Xinjiang region, which shares a short border with the war-torn nation. Beijing has become increasingly concerned about security in restive Xinjiang, where it says Muslim extremists receive help from militants in neighboring countries. China says ...

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Karzai Cuts Short Jail Terms of Female Inmates

KABUL - As the world marked International Women’s Day on Saturday, President Hamid Karzai issued a decree reducing jail terms of women and juvenile female prisoners. The Administrative Affairs Department at the Presidential Palace in a statement said the decree awarded one year concession in jail terms to woman prisoners, who had been sentenced to more than five years in jail and six months to those jailed ...

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The Prospect of Post-2014 for Afghan Women

The reports once again highlighted the dire situation for women in Afghanistan. Ahead of two major transition processes – the 2014 NATO withdrawal and the forthcoming presidential elections – in the country, there are increasing concerns on the future of women’s rights in Afghanistan. There are concerns that there may be a possibility of a possible reverse in women’s rights after withdrawal of foreign troop ...

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Sri Lanka Questions Independence of U.N. Human Rights Boss

Kotte - Sri Lanka questioned the independence of the human rights office of the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the United States asked the U.N. to investigate human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government. The U.S. resolution calls for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council to investigate "past abuses and to examine more recent attacks on journalists, human rights defenders, and religious minoriti ...

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Qayum, Rassoul Push Alliance to the Brink: Aides

KABUL - The final result of ongoing negotiations between presidential candidates Abdul Qayum Karzai and Zalmai Rassoul to join forces is expected to be announced tomorrow, an aide to the President Karzai’s older brother said on Wednesday. Dr. Habibi, who campaigns for Qayum, confirmed to Pajhwok the negotiations were ongoing between their leader and Rassoul, a former foreign minister. He said the final deci ...

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UK Won’t Help Any of Afghan Candidates: Envoy

KABUL - British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Richard Stagg on Wednesday said he was certain the UK would not help any of presidential candidates vying to succeed President Karzai in next month’s elections. “We have no preferred result,” Stagg said in his article on the Afghan elections, calling the vote a historic movement. “The decision about who should govern Afghanistan for the next five years is one fo ...

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Karzai Embarks on State Visit to Sri Lanka

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, heading a high level-delegation, on Wednesday left Kabul for Colombo on a three-day state visit to Sri Lanka, his office said. On his first-ever trip to Sari Lanka, President Karzai is expected to discuss with his Sari Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa a wide-range of issues of bilateral interests, the Presidential Palace said in a statement. Karzai was scheduled to visit ...

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Obama Seeks $2.6b for Afghanistan in 2015 Budget

WASHINGTON - Seeking more than $2.6 billion for the programme in Afghanistan in the budget proposals for 2015, the Obama administration on Tuesday said Washington eyed a long-term partnership with Kabul post-2014. Submitting the $3.9 trillion budget package to the Congress, Obama said his administration was serious about the zero option in the absence of a signed bilateral security agreement between Washing ...

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Yanukovich Request for Russian Military Aid is Invalid: Ukraine

Kiev - A letter requesting Russian military intervention in Ukraine that Moscow says was from ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to President Vladimir Putin lacks any legal validity, the Kiev government wrote to the U.N. Security Council. The note from Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev to Luxembourg's Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month, was a res ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Calls with World Leaders May Have Been Bugged

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, embroiled in a scandal over leaked voice recordings, said on Wednesday his sensitive conversations with other world leaders may have been tapped as part of a campaign by his political enemies to discredit him. Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally he says is behind a stream of "fabricated" recording ...

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Chemical Weapons Used In Syria Appear to Come From Army Stockpile: U.N.

Damascus - Chemical weapons used in two incidents in Syria last year appear to come from the stockpiles of the Syrian military, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday in a report that went beyond previous findings. The team of independent experts, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, said that so far they had confirmed the deadly nerve agent sarin was used in three incidents: the Damascus s ...

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