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US House passes controversial cyber security bill

WASHINGTON: The House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation protecting US businesses and agencies from cyber-attacks, a measure that critics say erodes civil liberties by allowing firms to onpass private data. The Republican-controlled chamber defied a veto threat by the White House to pass the …

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Strong women take center stage in Tribeca foreign films

NEW YORK: As women increasingly press for greater equality in countries around the world, filmmakers are breaking barriers too, making their female protagonists as strong and varied as the characters they meet in everyday life. New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which draws to a close …

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US issues alert for its citizens in Pakistan

WTP REPORT ISLAMABAD:The US Embassy has issued an emergency message asking American citizens in Pakistan to take precautions for the next two weeks though it did not give any reasons for the alert. “This security message from the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan alerts US …

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US helicopter crashes in Afghanistan: US official

WASHINGTON: A US Black Hawk helicopter crashed in southwestern Afghanistan on Thursday with four people believed to be on board, likely American soldiers, a US defense official told AFP. “We’re assuming they’re American,” said the official, adding he could not confirm whether those on board …

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White House slams photos of soldiers with Taliban dead

WASHINGTON: The White House condemned as “reprehensible” Wednesday photographs showing US soldiers with the mangled remains of suspected Taliban suicide bombers in Afghanistan. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House also was “very disappointed” by the decision of the Los Angeles Times to …

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US troops pose with Afghan militants bodies

KABUL: Already tense U.S. and NATO ties with Afghanistan were dealt another blow on Wednesday with photographs appearing in an American newspaper of U.S. soldiers posing with the maimed bodies of dead Afghan insurgents. Senior U.S. officials and NATO’s top commander in the country, U.S. …

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Kabul: US embassy in lockdown after hits

KABUL: The United States embassy in Kabul was in lockdown Sunday as explosions and gunfire rocked the capital, a spokesman said. All staff were accounted for and safe, with no reports of injuries, spokesman Gavin Sundwall said. Three areas of the capital, including the diplomatic …

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Mexicans return beached whale to sea

MEXICO CITY: Volunteers and Navy personnel returned a 12-tonne whale to the sea after it became stranded on a beach in the southwestern Mexican city of Oaxaca, officials said Saturday. About 150 volunteers worked with over 40 Marines for 12 hours Friday on the Pacific …

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Lawyer: US blocks investigation of Afghan massacre

The lawyer defending the US soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians claims US authorities are blocking his ability to investigate the incident. John Henry Browne, the lawyer for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, said U.S. forces in Afghanistan have prevented his team from interviewing injured …

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US President Obama meets PM Gilani

SEOUL: US President Barack Obama and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed Tuesday to rescue a troubled anti-terror alliance which almost ruptured over 10 months of mistrust and recriminations. The leaders met on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Seoul, in the …

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