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Cross-border attacks from Pakistan on the rise: U.S.

Cross-border attacks emanating from Pakistan against US-led forces in Afghanistan have increased since the US raid that killedOsama bin Laden in Pakistan, the Pentagon said. Asked if there was a recent rise in artillery or rocket fire across the border into Afghanistan, press secretary George Little told reporters in an email: “This summer, June-August, we did see an increase…

Clinton flies unannounced to Libya to bolster ties

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in to Tripoli on Tuesday on a previously unannounced visit as Libya’s new rulers try to crush the last pockets of resistance by pro-Moamer Kadhafi fighters. The first US cabinet official to visit Libya since 2008, when Washington wanted to forge a new relationship with Kadhafi, Clinton…

Kuwait foreign minister quits over graft case: report

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, has resigned, local media reported Tuesday, amid tensions over a graft scandal involving several MPs. Citing “high ranking” sources, Al-Anbaa newspaper said Sheikh Mohammad, who has been foreign minister in the oil-rich Gulf state since 2003, “submitted…

Captive Israeli soldier Shalit released to Egypt

Captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was on Tuesday freed from five years of Hamas captivity and entered Egypt in a move set to prompt the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners. “He was transferred to Egypt by Hamas 10 minutes ago, and an Israeli colonel will check his state of health,”…

Tibetan nun self-immolates in China: rights group

BEIJING — A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China, the first woman known to have self-immolated in the region, the Free Tibet campaign group said. Free Tibet said Tenzin Wangmo, 20, called for religious freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama…

‘Occupy’ protestors march at Toronto stock exchange

TORONTO — Anti-corporate demonstrations in Canada ran into a third day Monday, including outside the country’s main bourse here, with some people vowing to keep up the protests through the bitter winter. About 300 activists marched through Toronto’s downtown, stopping at Ryerson University to join a rally for social justice.…

Only 20 U.S. bases left in Iraq: spokesman

BAGHDAD — There are only 20 American military bases left in Iraq ahead of a year-end US withdrawal, down from a peak of 505, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement on Monday. There are “only 20 US bases that remain to be evacuated, while US forces are continuing…

6,800 exposed to HIV or hepatitis at Ottawa clinic

OTTAWA — Up to 6,800 people may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis an Ottawa clinic over the past decade, health officials warned Monday. The capital city’s chief public health doctor Isra Levy announced over the weekend that an inspection in late spring had discovered lax cleaning of medical…

‘Occupy’ protests held in European capitals for third day

LONDON — Protesters inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement camped out in European cities for a third day Monday in a campaign that has got the EU and Russia both unexpectedly on the same page. From London and Frankfurt to Madrid and Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators pitched tents following…

Putin warns of Soviet-style collapse

MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin defended Monday his controversial plan to seek a third mandate as president, saying Russia needed stability and was still at risk of a Soviet-style collapse. Speaking in televised remarks in a rare acknowledgement of public discontent, Putin said his political opponents claimed that…

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