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Forests soak up third of fossil fuel emissions: study

PARIS — Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate measure so far of the amount of greenhouse…

Libya more ‘vital’ to Europe than US: Obama ex-advisor

WASHINGTON — The Libya endgame is more “vital” to Europe than the United States, a former White House adviser said Sunday, and urged Arab and African allies to step up as Washington slims its role in the conflict. Retired general James Jones, who until last October served as President Barack…

Vodafone confirms role in Egypt’s cellular, Internet blackout

An executive at London-based Vodafone Group PLC explained Friday morning that it did indeed have a role in the phone and Internet blackout affecting Egypt since Thursday night, confirming speculation that the firm had cooperated with the regime to close off protesters’ communications. Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao said that…

US dollar is world’s ‘No. 1 currency,’ French president assures

WASHINGTON – French President Nicolas Sarkozy assured President Barack Obama on Monday he recognized the U.S. dollar’s role as the world’s “No. 1 currency,” as the two leaders pledged to coordinate ideas for reforming the international economic system. Sarkozy, pushing France’s goals as the new head of the Group of…

With live address, Obama formally ends combat operations in Iraq

President Barack Obama is telling the nation in a prime-time Oval Office address that the U.S. is officially ending its combat role in Iraq, a final turning point in one of the country’s longest wars. He said Tuesday night, in his words, “I am mindful that the Iraq war has…

US stresses military role in Iraq, combat brigades under different name

US troops will still be in combat and taking on Islamist militants in Iraq even as the American military moves to an “advise and assist” role with a smaller force, officials said. The withdrawal of the last US combat brigade at dawn on Thursday was hailed as a symbolic moment…

Palin invited to visit ‘Iron Lady’ Thatcher during London trip

Conservative darling Sarah Palin said Monday she hopes to arrange a meeting with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher during an upcoming visit to London. Responding to a report in a British newspaper, Palin confirmed in a posting on her Facebook page that she had received an invitation from an undisclosed…

Geithner: ‘I had no role’ in an AIG cover up

Update at bottom: Dem Congressman tears into Geithner: ‘It makes me doubt your commitment to the American people’; NY Times notes “liberals and conservatives alike, took turns hectoring” WASHINGTON — US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Wednesday he acted properly in the 2008 bailout of AIG and the subsequent…

Xe angles for role in Obama’s Afghan strategy

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