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Pentagon complains of ‘negative’ picture of Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday said US-led forces are making headway against the Taliban, despite what it called an overly gloomy portrayal of the war shaped by media coverage. US and NATO troops have taken back territory from insurgents over the past year and bolstered security across the country,…

Petraeus passes out briefly while answering question from McCain on Hill

“General David Petraeus appeared to briefly pass out while giving testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday,” CBS News reports. Video of the incident showed Petraeus appear to struggle briefly before standing up and walking out of the hearing room. USA Today adds, “Petraeus slumped over in mid-sentence while answering a question…

Obama calls Israeli blockade ‘unsustainable’; pledges $400 million in aid for Gaza

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believed “significant progress” was possible in the Middle East peace process this year, adding the US was to unveil a huge aid package for the Palestinians. Now is the time to move forward from the current “dead end,” Obama said as he welcomed Palestinian…

Childhood deaths down 60 percent since 1970: study

PARIS (AFP) – The proportion of children under five who die each year across the globe has dropped 60 percent over the past four decades, according to a study published Monday. In the last 20 years this salutary decline has accelerated, with the number of deaths among newborns, infants and…

Netanyahu returns to Israel after diplomatic ‘hazing’ by Obama

Obama reportedly snubbed Israeli PM, walked out on dinner after no deal on settlements Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home to media derision on Thursday, having failed to resolve a bitter row with Washington over the building of Jewish settlements. One publication even called it a diplomatic “hazing” by…

EU demands more rights progress from Morocco

GRANADA, Spain — EU president Herman Van Rompuy called on Morocco during a summit Sunday to make progress in respecting human rights, including in the disputed Western Sahara region. Van Rompuy said during the EU-Morocco summit that the European Union supported UN efforts “for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable…

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