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U.S.-backed Afghan police accused of serious abuses

An Afghan police force funded and supported by the United States is getting away with serious abuses including rape and murder, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report published on Monday. The findings raise fresh questions about the Western exit strategy from Afghanistan and about handing full control of…

U.S. Senate to hold 11th hour vote on debt plan

With only hours to go before a deadline, the US Senate is expected Tuesday to approve a massive austerity plan to avert a debt default that would have wreaked havoc through the global economy. The vote comes a day after the polarized US House of Representatives came down on a…