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Kabul’s poor demand attention

KABUL (Reuters) – Kabul’s residents have called on delegates at next week’s international talks on Afghanistan in Bonn to put their needs on the agenda, saying the government is not doing enough to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Afghan capital. Those living in Kabul’s poorest quarters are at the…

Afghanistan says needs billions long after troops go

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s international backers must not cut funding to Kabul to the degree that it forces the government to choose between spending less on security or development, the finance minister said on Saturday. A World Bank study released last month said Afghanistan was likely to need around $7…

Afghan rape victim freed from jail, to marry attacker

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped — but she now faces having to marry her attacker, officials said. The move came after some 5,000 people signed a petition for the release of the woman, named Gulnaz,…

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…

Pakistan strike probe report due next month: U.S.

A US-led investigation into a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border will report its initial findings by December 23, officials said on Tuesday. The chief of US Central Command, which oversees US forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East, appointed Brigadier General Stephen Clark,…

NATO scrambles to respond to Pakistan’s anger

BRUSSELS — NATO moved Sunday to contain the damage from the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers, seeking to soothe Islamabad’s rage against the US and its military allies in Afghanistan over the airstrike. Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stopped short of issuing a full apology to Pakistan premier Yousuf…

No timeframe for US shift in Afghanistan: Panetta

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Friday it was too early to say when US forces might pull back from combat operations in Afghanistan after the US Marine Corps commander suggested the move might come within a year for his forces. Panetta, speaking during a visit to Canada, said the United States and its allies were…

President’s Remarks: ‘The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan’

Jesse had you covered for the liveblog in the prior thread. Here is the video — photos and the transcript are below the fold. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary December 1, 2009 Remarks of President…

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