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US suspends anti-Islam ‘military course’

WASHINGTON: A controversial US military course that taught officers to prepare for a “total war” against Islam using “Hiroshima-style” tactics has been suspended by the Pentagon following uproar. The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the materials, which has …

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other ‘9/11 plotters’ in court

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks have appeared before a US military tribunal at Guantanamo to be charged. The hearing had an uncertain start, with suspects refusing to answer questions. Breaking their silence, one demanded to speak now saying …

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Americans favor limited US role in Afghanistan: Poll

Most Americans want US troops out of Afghanistan and oppose a significant long-term commitment to support that nation’s economy and security, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday. But the poll also indicated that most Americans favor keeping some U.S. forces in Afghanistan to help train …

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US drones could strike even after 2014: Ambassador

KABUL: The pact between the United States and Afghanistan could leave the door open for continued drone strikes against insurgent targets in Pakistan after 2014, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker indicated Wednesday. “There is nothing in this agreement that precludes the right of self-defense for either …

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Obama ‘inappropriate’ to politicize bin Laden killed

NEW YORK: Republican Mitt Romney praised President Barack Obama on Tuesday for taking out Osama bin Laden and said he would have done the same, but that it was “inappropriate” for the US leader to politicize the mission. Romney, visiting a fire house in Manhattan …

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Drone attacks covered under international law: US

WASHINGTON: The aide for US President Barack Obama, John Brennan said that drone attacks had legal status under international law. Brennan adds the US was in a state of war with Al-Qaeda, Taliban and their allies and had been asked by Obama to issue a …

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Obama campaign questions Romney on bin Laden death

FORT STEWART, Georgia: President Barack Obama’s campaign sought to make the death of Osama bin Laden a central part of the U.S. presidential election on Friday with a video that questioned whether Republican rival Mitt Romney would have made the same call to approve the …

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‘No silver bullet to destroy Al-Qaeda’

ABOARD US MILITARY PLANE: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday there is “no silver bullet” to completely destroy Al-Qaeda but argued that killing Osama bin Laden helped set the network back. Panetta spoke to reporters aboard a military plane on his way from Latin …

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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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