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After NATO strike, Pakistan adjusts rules of engagement

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s commanders in the wild Afghan border region can return fire if attacked without waiting for permission, the army chief said, a change in rules of engagement that could stoke tension after Saturday’s NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani troops. The attack sparked fury in Pakistan and further…

Suu Kyi to Clinton: Signs of hope in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi voiced guarded hope Friday that democracy will come to Myanmar as the opposition leader warmly welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the home that was her prison for years. In scenes unthinkable before Myanmar’s recent reforms, Suu Kyi took Clinton by the arm and escorted…

Brazil orders Chevron to shut down production well

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities ordered US oil giant Chevron on Thursday to shut down a production well at an offshore facility where a leak was discovered last month. The country’s oil regulator said it issued the order after finding dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas in a production well at…

White House refuses apology over Pakistan strike

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday dismissed the notion of offering an apology to Pakistan over the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers, insisting an inquiry was still ongoing as to how the men died. “I, speaking for the White House and the president, offered condolences on behalf…

Snake charmer releases cobras in Indian tax office as protest

A snake charmer in northern India released up to 40 snakes, including spitting cobras, in an Uttar Pradesh tax office. Hukkul Khan said he was protesting because government officials would not proivide a plot of land for him to keep his reptiles. “[T]here is no provision for such a business,”…

Greenpeace hijacks oil firms’ Greenland talks

Greenpeace activists on Thursday diverted oil executives from a meeting on prospecting possibilities off Greenland and instead gave them a 20-minute environmental lecture, the group said. Eighteen representatives of oil giants like Shell, BP, Chevron and Statoil, had been invited to the Copenhagen meeting by theGreenlandic Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum to discuss prospecting for the black gold in the…

Obama offers Myanmar fresh start in relations

US President Barack Obama offered Myanmar a new era in relations if it reforms and promised democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi his eternal support in letters hand-delivered by his top diplomat Thursday. The high-stakes personal intervention in a country long regarded by the West as a pariah state came during a historic visit…

Shared sacrifices allow Iraq war to end: Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden, in Iraq as the last American soldiers prepare to depart, thanked troops from both sides for their shared sacrifices, saying they helped to end the war. But even as Biden spoke of the conflict drawing to a close, 18 people were killed in attacks in Diyala province,…

Battle begins over ‘refounding’ of Europe

The European Union began a nine-day battle on Thursday over federal-style changes to save the debt-saddled eurozone, withFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy saying that Europe needs to be “refounded”. In a landmark address in front of 5,000 supporters, Sarkozy said he would meet his German counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to agree upon and announce…

US, EU impose new Syria sanctions as death toll rises

Europe and the United States tightened economic sanctions onSyria Thursday, ramping up international pressure as the UN said more than 4,000 people have died in a crackdown on dissidents. The violence on the ground spread, and a Syrian human rights group said troops raided towns and villages in the flashpoint provinces…

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