60 dead in car bomb blast at Afghan hospital

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The death toll from a car bombing outside a medical clinic in eastern Afghanistan has risen to at least 60, authorities said. The Afghan health ministry said 120 people also were wounded in the blast in the Azra district of Logar province, 25 miles east of Kabul. Din Mohammad Darwesh, […]

Obama benefits after mixed votes on Libya

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WASHINGTON – Rejecting President Obama’s policy in Libya, the House in a bipartisan vote Friday rejected a resolution that would have for the first time officially authorized U.S. military action there. But the House then voted down a more aggressive rebuke of Obama: a proposal to strip away part of […]

Afghans welcome, and worry about, drawdown plan

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan – US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry spent yesterday visiting a province in eastern Afghanistan, hoping to reassure local officials, tribal elders, and shopkeepers that President Obama’s announced troop withdrawal “does not mean the United States is abandoning Afghanistan.” “For nine years, the international community has been in front. Beginning […]

More than 1,500 refugees flee Syria in one day

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More than 1,500 Syrian refugees streamed across the border to safe havens in Turkey in one day as Syria’s three-month-old pro-democracy movement braced for another day of mass protests today. The refugees crossed into Turkey yesterday as Syrian troops backed by tanks pushed to the border in their sweep against […]

With Afghan withdrawal, US focus turns to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD-As the U.S. looks ahead to its phased withdrawal from Afghanistan, even more attention is being directed toward Pakistan, where Obama administration officials say al-Qaida and its allies are still plotting attacks against the West. They argue that threat has been effectively neutralized in Afghanistan, a key justification for President […]