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NATO to halt Iraq mission at year-end

LONDON — NATO will withdraw its Iraq training mission at year-end after Baghdad refused to grant it legal immunity, Iraq’s top security adviser said on Sunday, mirroring the nearly-complete pullout of US forces. The decision, which “surprised” Iraq, means NATO’s troops will depart in the coming weeks for the same…

Karzai says foreigners fuel Afghan corruption

KABUL — Foreigners are fuelling the problem of corruption in Afghanistan, a country already ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday. At a major international conference in Germany on the future of Afghanistan last week, Karzai pledged to step up…

Egypt’s economic woes mount

CAIRO — The success of Islamist parties in Egypt’s elections could aggravate an already serious economic crisis in the Arab world’s most populous nation, analysts say. Since an uprising in January and February that toppled the 30-year regime of Hosni Mubarak, attention has mostly focused on the political upheaval in…

U.S. vacates air base in Pakistan to meet deadline

QUETTA, Pakistan — The United States on Sunday vacated a Pakistani airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24 soldiers, officials said. Pakistan’s military said in a statement that the last flight carrying US personnel and equipment…

French far-right leader launches presidential race

PARIS — French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen said Sunday her anti-immigration views and vows to leave the euro represent the “silent majority” as her campaign for next year’s presidential vote geared up. Ahead of her first major campaign rally Sunday in the northeastern city of Metz, Le Pen railed…

Top China official urges more ‘forceful’ web controls

BEIJING — A top Chinese government official has urged authorities to be “more forceful” in the way they manage the web, state media said, as Beijing tries to tighten online controls over fears of social unrest. Wang Chen, head of the State Internet Information Office — a government body set…

Indonesian man dies after self-immolation

JAKARTA — An 22-year-old Indonesian man has died after setting himself on fire near the presidential palace, according to police, in what is believed to be the country’s first self-immolation protest. The man, identified as student Sondang Hutagalung, died on Saturday after he was taken to hospital with 98 percent…

Major 6.5 quake hits southern Mexico, 2 dead

MEXICO CITY — A major 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico with officials reporting two deaths, as the quake was strongly felt in the capital Mexico City and southern Guerrero state. The temblor occurred at 7:47 pm (0147 GMT Sunday) about 166 kilometers (103 miles) southwest of Mexico City, at a depth…

Former Panama strongman Noriega heads home to prison

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Manuel Noriega, Panama’s ruthless drug-running military dictator of the 1980s, is to be returned home on Sunday, headed for a jungle prison to serve a 20-year term for the murders of opponents during his rule. Noriega, now 77, was toppled in a U.S. invasion of Panama…

Philippines gunmen free U.S. teenager after 5 months

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine gunmen late on Saturday freed a U.S. teen-ager after holding him captive for nearly five months on an island in the troubled south of the country, security officials said. Kevin Eric Lunsmann, 14, and his mother and a cousin, had been vacationing near Zamboanga City in…

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