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Global whaling body adopts anti-corruption reform

SAINT HELIER, Jersey — The International Whaling Commission (IWC) changed Wednesday the way its 89 member nations pay fees, adopting a British proposal to boost transparency and discourage alleged influence-peddling. Debate at the IWC’s 63rd annual meeting, which closes on Thursday, has been dominated by whether or how to introduce…

High-level US delegation to visit Pacific islands to discuss environment

Senior US civilian and military officials will travel next week to the Pacific islands to discuss environmental, economic and other issues, the State Department said Thursday. It said Kurt Campbell, the top diplomat for Pacific affairs, and Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick will visit Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomon Islands,…

In Afghanistan, House Speaker John Boehner assails pullout plan

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan Wednesday and assailed President Barack Obama’s plan to begin pulling US troops out in July a risk to fragile security gains. “Any drawdown of US troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on…

Gaddafi accepts ‘peace roadmap’ from African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a roadmap for ending the civil war in Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said after leading a delegation of African leaders at talks in Tripoli. Zuma, who with four other African heads of state met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan…

British team ‘in Libya for talks with rebels’

BENGHAZI, Libya — A British delegation arrived in the Libyan insurgency bastion of Benghazi late Saturday, nearly a month after a special forces team was seized in a bungled mission to contact the rebels. A rebel spokesman, Mustafa Gheriani, on Sunday confirmed the presence of the British group in the…

Pakistan army cancels US trip amid search dispute

Pakistani army cancels US trip after ‘unwarranted’ security checks at Washington airport Pakistan’s military canceled a trip by officers to an annual meeting at U.S. Central Command after they were taken off a plane and subjected to “unwarranted security checks” at Dulles International Airport in Washington, a spokesman said Wednesday.…

Top Dems to rally around Rangel at NY fundraiser

New York’s top Democrats to rally around embattled Rep. Charles Rangel at fundraiser Rep. Charles Rangel forged ahead with plans for a fundraising gala on Wednesday night with Democratic luminaries including the governor, presumptive governor and both the state’s U.S. senators on the guest list — not bad for a…

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