Politics

In Crucial Vote, Clinton Fails to Rally Women to Her History-making Bid

By Amanda Becker and Emily Stephenson MANCHESTER, N.H./COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb 10 – Hillary Clinton made the prospect of her being elected the first woman U.S. president a centerpiece of her campaign, then lost a critical nominating contest to a 74-year-old man in part because women preferred him. NBC News exit polls showed Clinton, a former

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Malaysia’s New Twitter Police Target Critics of PM Najib

By A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 – Digitally savvy Malaysian police have been taking to social media to issue warnings to critics of scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unusual online campaign that critics say is unlikely to work. Najib is facing the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership over a multi-billion

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Despite Libya Urgency, Hurdles to Quick Action Against Daesh

By Phil Stewart, Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Feb 6 – The United States and its allies are probably many weeks or even months away from launching a new military campaign against Daesh in Libya, despite mounting concern about the group’s spread there and its attacks on oil infrastructure, U.S. officials say. The Pentagon

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China Says U.S. Looking for Excuses to Raise Defense Budget

BEIJING, Feb 3 – China said on Wednesday the United States was just looking for excuses to pump taxpayers’ money into its military, after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as a reason for seeking a $582.7 billion defense budget next year. Carter said the funding request was in line with last year’s congressional

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Kabul in Blackout As Government Struggles to Fix Power Lines

KABUL, Feb 1 – Militants and bad weather in northern Afghanistan have hampered efforts to repair power lines that were destroyed last week, cutting electricity in the capital, Kabul, to about six hours a day, officials said on Monday. Insurgents last week destroyed an electricity pylon in the Dand Shahabuddin district of Baghlan province that

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Israel To Consider Invitation to Peace Talks with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Jan 30 – Israel would consider a French invitation to peace talks with the Palestinians, but believes France has made a mistake by saying it will recognize a Palestinian state if the talks fail, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. “If and when we get an invitation to a conference,

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Main Syrian Opposition Heads to Geneva as Peace Talks Begin

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 – A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative said. The 17-strong team included the head of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political

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Syria Peace Talks Derailed as Opposition Stays Away

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Davison and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 29- The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war. An opposition council convening in Riyadh said its delegation would “certainly”

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Iran’s Rouhani Says Main Problem in Syria is Terrorism

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 29 – The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria’s main problem and not who is running the country. On the first official visit to France by an Iranian president since 1999, Rouhani also

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New U.S. General Named to Lead Int’l. Forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 – Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson, the current head of NATO’s Allied Land Command, has been chosen as the new commander of international forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday amid concerns about setbacks in the fight against the Taliban. Nicholson, whose selection must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace

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