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British troops to withdraw from south Afghan area

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:17PM UTC

An official says British troops are to withdraw from a tumultuous district in southern Afghanistan, turning over responsibility to U.S. forces. The Sangin valley in Helmand province has been one of the deadliest for British forces, accounting for a large portion of the 312 soldiers killed since 2001. Britain’s defense

Sri Lankan protesters besiege UN compound

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 12:23PM UTC

Protesters still are demonstrating outside the U.N. offices in Sri Lanka to force the world body to cancel its probe into alleged rights violations during the civil war. The sit-in protest in front of the secure compound in the capital Colombo lasted through the night into Wednesday morning. On Tuesday,

3 die as Indian forces fire on Kashmiri protesters

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 11:28AM UTC

Indian forces opened fire on hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in Kashmir killing three people as authorities re-imposed a curfew in the region’s main city amid increasingly violent demonstrations against alleged human rights abuses. Security forces initially used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, a police officer said on condition of

Singapore detains soldier for al-Qaida links

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 11:20AM UTC

Singapore has locked up a soldier for two years after discovering he had links to al-Qaida and sought information on bomb making, the government announced Tuesday. Muhammad Fadil bin Abdul Hamid, a 20-year-old fulfilling his mandatory two years in the army, was detained April 4 under the Internal Security Act,

Aquino faces early tests

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 9:26AM UTC

The slaying of a former radio broadcaster and an activist councilor within a week of President Benigno Aquino III’s inauguration could become the portent of things to come. While it is preposterous to claim that the Aquino government should be held responsible for the killings, it is also not far

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