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GOP welfare bill mostly harms poor children: hunger-relief group

WASHINGTON – A hunger-relief group expressed deep concerns with a House GOP bill that would cap spending on food stamps, fearing it would target the least well-off and disproportionately harm children. “We’re very concerned that the food stamps provisions take us in exactly the wrong direction given the economic climate…

Pakistan demands US apology for deadly drone strike

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan has strongly condemned a drone strike against a Taliban bastion in the northwest tribal region that killed 35 people and demanded an apology and explanation from United States. Civilians and police were among those killed Thursday when US missiles ploughed into a militant training compound in…

Suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, 38 killed

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A U.S. drone missile strike on Thursday killed at least 38 suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said. There were conflicting accounts about the target of the attack and those killed in…

NATO air strike killed two Afghan children in east: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – An air strike by NATO-led forces killed two children as they were watering fields in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province late on Monday, an Afghan official and lawmaker said. The deaths occurred weeks after tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers were inflamed by the…

US missile strike kills five militants in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US missile strike targeting a compound killed five militants in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border on Tuesday, security officials said, updating an earlier toll of four. The strike took place in Landidog village, 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Wana, the main town…

Gates apologizes to Karzai for children’s deaths

by Dan De Luce Dan De Luce – 1 hr 16 mins ago KABUL (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a personal apology to President Hamid Karzai Monday for the deaths of nine Afghan children in a NATO air strike which drew fury in Kabul. “This breaks our…

Police, protesters clash again in Greece amid budget strike

ATHENS (AFP) – Police fired tear gas near the Greek parliament on Wednesday as clashes broke out with protesters throwing stones and firebombs during a demonstration against austerity measures, an AFP reporter said. The confrontation occurred near the finance ministry on central Syntagma Square with police seeking to block protesters…

US officials: Drone strike kills five ‘militants’ in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone attack late on Sunday killed at least five militants in northwest Pakistan’s lawless South Waziristan tribal district, officials said. The drone strike was the first since a US gunman shot and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27, triggering…

Aiming to dethrone Mubarak, Egyptians set ‘March of Millions’ for Tues.

CAIRO – Egyptian protesters on Monday called for an indefinite general strike and a “million man march” on Tuesday in Cairo, upping the stakes in their bid to topple President Hosni Mubarak’s creaking regime. “It was decided overnight that there will be a million man march on Tuesday,” Eid Mohammed,…

Thousands rally in Tunis as teachers strike

Thousands of protesters rallied in the main government quarter in Tunis on Monday calling for Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign after the fall of veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Security forces fired tear gas and sealed off the area with barbed wire as some protesters threw stones,…

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