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Afghanistan:Helicopter crash kills 5 US troops

KANDHAR (UNS):A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday. Monday night’s crash brought the total number of US troops killed that day to seven, making it the deadliest day for US forces so far this year. Two US …

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US budget cuts threaten military missions: Hagel

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Looming budget cuts that will hit the US Defense Department from Friday will endanger the military s ability to conduct its missions, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel warned. “Let me make it clear that this uncertainty puts at risk our ability to effectively …

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Chuck Hagel takes charge of US Defense Department

WASHINGTON (UNS) : Chuck Hagel took charge of the US Defense Department on Wednesday after a bruising confirmation fight – and two days before billions in budget cuts are scheduled to hit the US military. The Republican, who still faces skepticism and anger from some …

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Obama asks SC to overturn gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (UNS) -:The Barack Obama administration took another step toward institutionalizing gay marriage, formally asking the US Supreme Court to strike down a 1996 law defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. According to AFP the request was contained in …

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4,700 people, including some civilians killed in drone attacks:US Senator

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in bombing raids conducted under America s secretive drone war, local media reported Wednesday. The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in …

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Immigration leak didn’t hurt Senate talks: Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has sought to mitigate any damage from the leak of an immigration bill being drafted by the White House, telling a Spanish-language TV network he didn’t jeopardize negotiations with the Senate. Leaks in Washington happen all the time, Obama …

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U.S. security group suspects Chinese military is behind hacking attacks

BEIJING/ SANFRANCISCO: A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks, a U.S. computer security company said, prompting a strong denial by China and accusations that it was in fact the victim of U.S. hacking. The company, Mandiant, identified …

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Salient features of Obama State of the Union address

WASHINGTON,(UNS): US President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union address to the joint houses of Congress on Tuesday. Here are some notable passages from his address: IRAN: The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, …

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Obama to announce 34,000 troops to return from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that 34,000 troops – about half the U.S. force in Afghanistan – will return by early 2014, a senior administration official said. Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai last month …

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Hillary Clinton most popular U.S. politician, poll shows

WASHINGTON: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most popular U.S. politician, surpassing fellow Democrats President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as leading Republicans, a national poll found. Sixty-one percent of American voters approve of Clinton, a possible U.S. presidential …

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