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Death Toll in Syria’s Civil War above 150,000: Monitor

Damascus - At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The UK-based Observatory, which monitors violence in Syria through a network of activists and medical or security sources, said that real toll was likely to be significantly higher at around 220,000 deaths. Efforts to end the conflict by ...

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White House Hopes for Peaceful, Inclusive Polls

WASHINGTON - Days ahead of the presidential elections, the White House on Monday hoped the milestone event would be peaceful and inclusive, and broadly acceptable to the Afghan people. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters a stable and acceptable political transition was critical to sustaining international support for Afghanistan. “This is an important milestone, and we are watching it very ...

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No Extra Military Gear for Pakistan: State Dept

WASHINGTON - Addressing concerns of the Karzai government, the Obama administration on Monday ruled out transferring the leftover military hardware from Afghanistan to Pakistan. “We note we have not and do not intend to transfer EDA (excess defence articles) from Afghanistan to any of its neighbouring countries, including Pakistan,” said the State Department deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf. However, she sai ...

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Candidates Duty-Bound to Prevent Fraud: US

WASHINGTON - The United States on Monday said that candidates running for Afghanistan’s presidency had an important responsibility to prevent fraud in Saturday’s presidential vote. “Fraud detection’s an important part of what the IEC has been doing. We do think the candidates themselves have a responsibility here, a real responsibility to see that these elections go off without fraud,” the State Department ...

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Russia Warns Kiev against NATO Integration

Moscow - Russia warned Ukraine against integration with NATO on Tuesday, saying Kiev's previous attempts to move closer to the bloc had strained ties with Russia and caused problems between Moscow and the defense alliance. "(Past attempts) led to a freezing of Russian-Ukrainian political contacts, a headache between NATO and Russia and ... to a division in Ukrainian society," the Russian Foreign Ministry sa ...

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