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Santorum: Dead foreign scientists a ‘wonderful thing’

In Rick Santorum’s world, the culture of life apparently doesn’t extend to the scientific community. The Republican presidential candidate told supporters in Greenville, South Carolina that it was a “wonderful thing” when scientists in Iran lose their lives. “On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up…

Defense Secretary Panetta skeptical on North Korea talks

SEOUL (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday he was skeptical about talks with North Korea after a meeting between the two countries in Geneva this week that failed to arrive at any agreements. Panetta, on his first trip to South Korea since taking over the Pentagon in…

Panetta says U.S. committed to being Pacific power

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Japan on Monday hoping to persuade Tokyo to relocate a military base whichWashington says is vital to its role as a Pacific power. In his first trip to Asia as Pentagon chief, Panetta is seeking to reassure allies that the US remains engaged in the region as a…

Protesters disrupt hearing on U.S. defense spending

WASHINGTON — Protesters disrupted a congressional hearing Thursday on US defense spending, with one demonstrator shouting “You are murdering people!” as police dragged him out of the room. Eight people were arrested, said Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider, including seven for disruption of Congress and one for simple assault. Stop…

Drone attack in Pakistan kills Haqqani commander

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — US drone missiles on Thursday killed 10 militants including a commander in the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, which the American military has linked to Pakistani intelligence. US drones hovering over Pakistan’s border areas with Afghanistan fired the salvo of missiles on the day that American envoy Marc Grossman…

Iraq ‘may bar’ U.S. trainers from 2012: top official

Iraq is considering multiple options regarding the future of the US military presence, ranging from a limited mission to no trainers whatsoever, a top official told AFP on Monday. The remarks from Ali al-Alaak, the general secretary of the cabinet, come amid an apparent impasse between Washington’s requirement of legal immunity for any US…

U.S. unable to fill NATO gaps, says Panetta

The US military faces serious budget cuts and will be unable to make up any shortfalls in the NATO alliance as European members slashdefence spending, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta warned Wednesday. Fiscal pressures are bearing down on both sides of the Atlantic and NATO allies will need to work closely together to…

Pentagon chief in bid to defuse Egypt-Israel tensions

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta was headed to Cairo from Tel Aviv on Tuesday in an effort to defuse tensions between Egypt andIsrael that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Before flying out after a one-day visit to Israel, Panetta said he will seek to encourage both sides to ease friction…

Syrian street hails new anti-regime front: activists

The Syrian National Council, a newly launched anti-regime front, has gained mass support in Syria with many people demanding it be recognised as the country’s sole authority, activists said on Monday. The popular support on Syria’s streets for the SNC, forged Sunday in Turkey, comes as US Defence Secretary Leon…

Fall of Syrian regime a ‘matter of time’: US

It is “a matter of time” before the Syrian regime headed by President Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power by a popular uprising, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Speaking in Tel Aviv after meeting his Israeli counterpart, Panetta said Washington and other foreign capitals had “made clear…

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