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U.S.-backed Afghan police accused of serious abuses

An Afghan police force funded and supported by the United States is getting away with serious abuses including rape and murder, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Monday. The findings raise fresh questions about the Western exit strategy from Afghanistan and about handing full control of…

Pawlenty endorses Romney, slams Perry on Social Security

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced his endorsement for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination race Monday morning. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Pawlenty officially declared his support for his good friend. “The next president is going to need to lead on the economy in a new way, and…

Pawlenty endorses Romney, slams Perry on Social Security

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced his endorsement for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination race Monday morning. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Pawlenty officially declared his support for his good friend. “The next president is going to need to lead on the economy in a new way, and…

US condemns death of Syrian activist

The United States has condemned the killing of a Syrian rights activist, as rights campaigners reported that the security forces were continuing their deadly crackdown on anti-regime dissent. New York based Human Rights Watch said Ghiyath Matar, 26, had been a key player in organising protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Floods kill 18, displace 100,000 in east India

Heavy flooding in eastern India has killed 18 people and displaced almost 100,000 over the past week, government and aid officials said Monday, warning of more wet weather to come. The floods were triggered by torrential monsoon rains across Orissa state, causing water levels to rise and overflow river banks,…

Brits may soon drink more beer at home than in pubs

Britons may soon drink more beer at home than in the nation’s cherished pubs, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday, with one industry body blaming the supermarkets for undercutting them. Drinkers are close to consuming more beer from supermarkets, it said, citing figures from the British Beer and Pub Association…

US sports shows its colors in 9/11 observance

United States sports fans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by unfurling giant American flags inside sold-out stadiums accompanied by racous chants of “USA! USA!” The anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York was also observed by pregame ceremonies and tearful moments of…

Obama to send jobs bill to Congress

US President Barack Obama will ratchet up pressure on Republicans on Monday by sending his $447 billion American Jobs Act to Congress and calling on lawmakers to pass it, a White House official said. Obama will hold an event in the Rose Garden of the White House including people who…

Auto makers defy crisis at IAA motor show

Clouds may be gathering over the global economy, but auto makers are revving up to try and dispel any gloom with nearly 90 new models at the world’s biggest motor show, the IAA. With more than 1,000 exhibitors from 32 countries crowding into 235,000 square metres (23 hectares) of the…

Venezuela’s Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment. Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of…

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