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France has done ‘its duty’ in Afghanistan: Hollande

CHICAGO — French President Francois Hollande said Monday his country had done “more than its duty” in Afghanistan, as officials said a calendar to pull out troops would be drawn up in the coming days. Hollande also denied that France would have to make some kind of payback for pulling…

World’s smallest artificial heart implanted in Italian baby

ROME — Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation. “In March, the smallest artificial heart in the world was implanted at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome,” Antonio…

NATO leaders agree to mid-2013 Afghan security handoff

NATO leaders agreed Monday to hand Afghan forces the lead for security from mid-2013 as they rush to end the unpopular war and ensure Afghanistan can ward off the Taliban after foreign troops leave. In a Chicago summit declaration, US President Barack Obama and his 27 military allies confirmed plans…

UK police have unnecessarily kept nearly 500 body parts without telling victims’ families since the 1960s

Police forces have stored almost 500 major body parts, including organs, unnecessarily without telling the families of victims, an official investigation has found. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) says the human tissue samples were from murder investigations or cases involving other suspicious deaths that date back as far…

Iraq buying U.S. drones to guard Persian Gulf oil platforms

The Iraqi military will use U.S.-manufactured drone aircraft to protect its oil platforms in the Persian Gulf, officials told reporter Jim Michaels with USA Today on Monday. The drones are just part of more than $15 billion of U.S.-made military hardware, including fighter jets, tanks and other vehicles, authorized for sale…

Israeli settler filmed firing gun at Palestinian protesters

A video released by an Israeli human rights group appears to show a settler firing a pistol at a group of Palestinian protesters while police and soldiers stand by. The incident was filmed by Palestinians from the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya on Saturday afternoon. A 24-year-old Palestinian, Fathi…

Olympic torchbearers cash in at up to $237,000 on eBay

Some of Britain’s Olympic torchbearers have been making the most of their country’s special moment — by selling their torches on eBay, attracting bids of over £150,000 ($237,000, 186,000 euros). The gold-coloured torches began appearing on the auction website within hours of the torch relay starting in southwest England on…

NATO allies focus on ending unpopular Afghan war

US President Barack Obama and NATO allies will focus Monday on logistical aspects of ending the protracted Afghan war after President Hamid Karzai vowed his country will no longer be a “burden” for the international community. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s attendance at the summit here had raised hopes his…

North Koreans in rice belt starve to death: report

Food shortages have worsened even in North Korea’s southwestern rice belt and some residents have starved to death there, a Seoul-based online newspaper said Monday. “Because of worsening food shortages this year there were reports of people starving to death even in South and North Hwanghae provinces,” a Daily NK…

Three climbers die on Everest

Three climbers have died on their descent from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said Monday, bringing the season’s death toll to five on the world’s highest peak. A 61-year-old German and a South Korean aged 44 died on the mountain’s south face on Sunday, Ang Tshering…

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