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Obama confirms U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama confirmed that US drone aircraft have struck Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan — operations that until now had not been officially acknowledged. When asked about the use of drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, Obama said…

Freezing weather kills dozens in eastern Europe

WARSAW — Freezing weather has killed dozens of people in central and eastern Europe over the past few days and temperatures are set to drop even further, authorities warned Monday. In Poland, police said 10 died over the weekend as temperatures plunged to minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16 Fahrenheit),…

Starbucks to open in India

MUMBAI — Starbucks will make its eagerly awaited foray into India later this year, opening outlets under a deal announced Monday with Tata Global Beverages to tap into the country’s fast-growing taste for coffee. Tata, part of steel-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, and Seattle-based Starbucks said they had entered into a…

NATO sticks to 2014 Afghan pullout despite early French exit

BRUSSELS — NATO is committed to plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the alliance chief said Monday after France decided to end its fighting role a year earlier. “We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November…

Palestinian prisoner in 44-day hunger strike ‘deteriorating’

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian militant held by Israel marked 44 days on hunger strike on Monday, with a rights group saying his life was in danger but prison authorities describing his condition as satisfactory. Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said in a statement that 34-year-old Khader Adnan, arrested by…

UN atomic agency ‘can extend visit to Iran’

An IAEA delegation visiting Iran can choose to extend its stay beyond the three days originally planned if it wishes, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency. “We are very optimistic on the results of the IAEA trip. They are here for a three-day trip, and if they…

Putin promises Russia ‘new economy’ after protests

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised Monday to build a “new economy” in Russia as he admitted its prosperity was still held back by a litany of ills despite his 12-year domination of the country. In a bid to show he remains Russia’s best hope for economic stability after a wave of protests, Putin…

Iraqi officials outraged by use of U.S. drones: report

Iraqi officials have expressed outrage at the United States’ use of a small fleet of surveillance drones to help protect the US embassy, consulates and American personnel in Iraq, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the State Department began operating somedrones in Iraq last year on a trial basis and stepped up…

World Social Forum calls for global anti-corporate protest in June

By Yana Marull PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Thousands of critics of capitalism meeting in Brazil called Sunday for a worldwide protest in June to press for concrete steps to tackle the global economic crisis. The World Social Forum wrapped up a five-day meeting in this southern Brazilian city, urging citizens…

Tibetans live in fear as China cracks down on protests

CHENGDU, China — Sitting in a teahouse in Chengdu’s Tibetan quarter, a nervous young monk spoke of how police arrests of innocent people were adding to the climate of fear in China’s Tibetan-inhabited regions. The Lama temple where the monk lives is a 15-hour drive away, high up on the…

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