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Israel ‘increasingly isolated’ in Middle East: U.S.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Arab spring has left Israel “increasingly isolated” in the Middle East and that its military might could not make up for a weakened diplomatic position. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane bound for Israel as part of a Middle East tour, Panetta said…

Clinton urges more aid for Africa drought

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged global donors on Wednesday to commit extra funds to help more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa hit by the worst drought in 60 years. “The United States cannot solve the crisis in the Horn alone,” Clinton said, announcing an…

Horn of Africa drought ‘set to worsen’: UN

The plight of millions of drought-stricken people across the Horn of Africa is set to worsen, with rains expected only later in the year and harvests months away, a top UN official warned Saturday. Scanty or failed rainfall in the region over the past two years has already forced thousands…

Leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urges crackdown on Dalai Lama

BEIJING — The leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urged police to crack down on the “separatist” activities of the Dalai Lama in remarks published Wednesday, after the monk repeated his support for regional autonomy. The region’s Communist Party secretary Zhang Qingli equated peace and prosperity in Tibet with wiping out forces…

China’s top general criticizes U.S. naval exercises

China’s top military officer said Monday the timing of US naval exercises in the South China Sea was “inappropriate,” after talks with his US counterpart aimed at cooling the territorial dispute. General Chen Bingde urged the United States to be “more modest and prudent in words and deeds”, amid growing…

Thousands of U.S.-run mine workers strike for better wages in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

Thousands of US-run mine workers strike in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

U.S., E.U. warn Libyan arms may be funneled to al Qaeda

Smugglers may be selling sophisticated Libyan army weapons to Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in north Africa’s Sahel region, Spain warned Thursday after a US-European security meeting in Madrid. US Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and European powers pondered how to stop the arms reaching Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said after…

France providing weapons to Libya rebels: report

PARIS (Reuters) – France is providing weapons to Libyan rebels in the Western Mountains in an effort to help them push on to Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday. Citing unidentified sources, Le Figaro said France had parachuted “large amounts” of weapons,…

India, Pakistan hold peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – India and Pakistan held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad on Thursday, part of efforts to stabilise South Asia as the United States prepares to draw down troops from Afghanistan. Concerns over terrorism are likely to dominate India’s agenda since US troops killed Osama bin…

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