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Obama wants to curb U.S. oil imports by a third

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will set an ambitious goal on Wednesday to cut oil imports by a third over 10 years, focusing on energy security amid high gasoline prices that could stall the U.S. economic recovery. Obama will outline his strategy in a speech after spending days explaining U.S.-led military action…

NATO agrees to take over Libya operations: official

BRUSSELS – NATO agreed Sunday to take command of military operations in Libya from a US-led coalition, a NATO official said Sunday. “NATO has decided today to implement all aspects of the UN Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Kadhafi regime,” a…

Senator Lieberman: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – An influential US Senator said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working “seriously” to develop nuclear weapons. “I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman,…

Pakistan intelligence says US gunman is CIA

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani intelligence official said Monday that an American in custody for killing two men was an undercover CIA contractor, in remarks likely to inflame a crisis with the United States. Washington insists that Raymond Davis, who says he acted in self-defence, is a member of its…

Internet restored in Cairo after revolt blackout

CAIRO – Internet services were at least partially restored in Cairo on Wednesday after a five-day cut aimed at stymieing protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Internet users said. Egypt’s four main Internet service providers cut off access to their customers in a near simultaneous move overnight last Thursday, two…

World powers wait for Tehran’s response after ‘difficult’ nuclear talks

ISTANBUL – World powers failed to prise any change from Iran in two days of talks on its nuclear program, with the EU and United States calling the discussions disappointing and saying no further meetings were planned. “This is not the conclusion I’d hoped for,” European Union foreign policy chief…

US officials privately say WikiLeaks damage limited

WASHINGTON — Internal US government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to US interests abroad, despite the Obama administration’s public statements to the contrary. A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations…

US military’s presence in Afghanistan may extend after 2014, Biden says

KABUL – US Vice President Joe Biden stressed Tuesday that his country’s troops could stay in Afghanistan after 2014 if Afghans want them to, on day two of a surprise visit to the war-torn nation. Speaking after talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Biden said: “We’re not leaving if…

Obama envoy secretly promised to keep troops in Iraq after 2011, Iraqi intelligence official says

WASHINGTON – A special envoy from President Barack Obama raised the possibility in a secret meeting with senior Iraqi military and civilian officials in Baghdad Sep. 23 that his administration would leave more than 15,000 combat troops in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for U.S. withdrawal, according to a senior…

White House sets new Afghan deadline for 2014

The Obama administration has decided to de-emphasize plans to begin withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan starting July 2011, administration and military officials said Tuesday. The new policy is to be unveiled at a NATO conference in Lisbon next week, where the United States and other NATO countries are set to…

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