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Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress. The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration’s plan of intensifying military operations against the…

Revealed: German diplomat expensed ‘liquidation of Jews’

One diplomat wrote on his expense report the purpose of his journey: “Liquidating Jews in Belgrade.” BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Foreign Office played a far more active role in the Holocaust than previously known and remained a haven for former Nazi diplomats for decades after the war, according to a…

Iran rejects as ‘diabolical’ WikiLeaks disclosures

Iran rejects WikiLeaks disclosures on its role in Iraq, brands them suspicious, diabolical Iran on Tuesday rejected as “suspicious” and “diabolical” disclosures by WikiLeaks on its role in neighboring Iraq. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast charged in his weekly news briefing that the website revelations were politically motivated. “There are…

UK: New nuclear plants needed to reach green goals

Britain: New generation of nuclear power plants needed to help reach climate goals Britain intends to build a new generation of nuclear power plants to replace its decades-old reactors, partly as a strategy for meeting its goals to reduce carbon emissions, Foreign Minister William Hague said Monday. “We will have,…

President of the Council on Foreign Relations on Afghanistan: ‘It’s not worth it’

The president of the Council of Foreign Relations is telling President Barack Obama that he needs to drastically scale down his ambitions in Afghanistan. In an article published in the most recent edition of Newsweek, Richard Haass called Afghanistan “very much Barack Obama’s war of choice.” Haass seemed to be…

Ex-spy: May be 50 undercover Russian couples in US

One of the Cold War’s most famous defectors says Russia probably has about 50 deep-cover couples — and maybe even up to 60 of them — spying inside the United States. Oleg Gordievsky, a former deputy head of the KGB in London who defected in 1985, said Russian President Dmitry…

US begins scaling back ambitions for Afghan occupation

Nearly nine years into the Afghan war, the United States has begun scaling back its ambitions, searching for an acceptable way out that avoids defeat. Talk of routing the Taliban has been replaced by efforts to woo insurgents to lay down their arms, as pressure builds to find a formula…

Israeli allies freeze military ties over deadly Gaza ship raid

ANKARA — Israel’s allies froze military ties and summoned its ambassadors Monday over the storming of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, as Muslim leaders slammed the deadly raid as “criminal” and “inhuman”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by the Israeli navy’s assault on a convoy…

Polish president’s plane crashes in Russia; 87 die

Powered by Mochila Polish president’s plane crashes in Russia; reports say 87 dead Officials say a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife has crashed in western Russia and that at least 87 people have been killed. The Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed that the president and his wife…

Israel denies assassin rumor: ‘You watch too much Bond’

BRUSSELS — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday made light of accusations that the Jewish state was involved in the murder of a top Hamas official in Dubai, likening the assassination to a James Bond movie plot. “You see too many James Bond movies,” Lieberman told journalists in Brussels,…

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