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Date: 28 Dec 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (INP): The United States has spent nearly $600 billion over the past 10 years putting combat forces into Afghanistan. Now it’s going to cost an additional $5.7 billion over the next year or two just to transfer or return most of the troops and equipment the shipped into that country, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.



Date: 10 Dec 2012

KARACHI, Dec 10 (INP): The United Nations has appointed Ziauddin Yousufzai, the father of child activist Malala Yousufzai, as the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

The announcement in this regard was made by former British premier and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.



Date: 8 Dec 2012

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US think tank said all streams in the region can find common ground in their battle against Israel, which does not present a good landscape for the Zionist regime's strategic situation in the future.



Date: 1 Dec 2012

Egyptian president announces a December 15 vote on new draft constitution amidst ongoing protests in Cairo.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi received a copy of the country's draft constitution on Saturday night and announced plans for a December 15 public referendum on the draft.



Date: 30 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (INP): Lawmakers of the United States Senate have voted for an accelerated withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, in line with the president desire to secure early comeback of the forces from the remote country.



Date: 30 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (INP): After the completion of security transition in 2014, the United States wants to have an enduring presence in Afghanistan to focus on three critical areas -- counter-terrorism, train-and-assist the Afghan army and enhance Afghan government’s capabilities.



Date: 28 Nov 2012

KABUL, Nov 28 (INP): Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan - some smuggled in airline food trays - to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review released on Wednesday about massive fraud that led to the collapse of the nation’s largest financial institution.



Date: 27 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (INP): The Pentagon on Monday said it was premature to speculate on the US troop numbers in Afghanistan following the scheduled drawdown of 2014, saying no decision had been taken on the issue yet.



Date: 26 Nov 2012

KABUL, Nov 26 (INP): Around 10,000 US troops are likely to stay in Afghanistan after combat soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leave the country in 2014, a media report said on Monday.



Date: 25 Nov 2012

Gaza: A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls the Palestinian territory.

The fatwa, or religious edict, issued by Suleiman al-Daya late Saturday accords a religious legitimacy to the truce and could justify any act by Gaza’s government to enforce it.



Date: 22 Nov 2012

Elisabeth Braw

Israel and Gaza are again attacking each other, Syria is descending into civil war, four American diplomats killed in Libya: the Middle East is more fragile than ever. "Both sides should cease all hostilities," says former US President Jimmy Carter.



Date: 19 Nov 2012

GAZA (Xinhua) -- As Israel's military operation against the Gaza Strip enters the sixth day on Monday, the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza said Israel has intensified its airstrikes on Palestinian targets, including Hamas TV station as well as Hamas police and security facilities.



Date: 18 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (INP): President Obama's top national security adviser has said that the United States has "given a full embrace of India's rise," leaving little doubt that Washington sees New Delhi as a strategic counterweight to Beijing regardless of what China, India itself, and the rest of the world thinks of the idea and their response to it.



Date: 17 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (INP): The US State department has declined commenting on the release of Taliban prisoners by Pakistan.

The spokesperson of the US State Department, Victoria Nuland was asked during a briefing Friday about the impact of the release of 14 Taliban detainees by Pakistan on the ongoing reconciliation



Date: 14 Nov 2012

LONDON, Nov 13 (INP): The Haqqani network, responsible for a series of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, is prepared to enter talks with the United States if sanctioned by the head of the Taliban, according to a senior commander.



Date: 14 Nov 2012

Washington—Gen. John Allen, the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for what a senior defense official said early Tuesday was “inappropriate communication” with Jill Kelley, who was seen as a rival for David H. Petraeus’s attentions by Paula Broadwell, the woman who had an extramarital affair with Mr. Petraeus.



Date: 7 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, creating history again by defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment to beat Republican foe Mitt Romney.



Date: 4 Nov 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (INP) A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut two days before the U.S. presidential election.

The movie produced by the production company of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein who is believed to be



Date: 25 Oct 2012

A new wave of sectarian unrest in western Myanmar has killed at least 20 people, officials said Thursday, forcing thousands to flee their homes and prompting the UN to express grave concern.



Date: 24 Oct 2012

KABUL, Oct 24 (INP): President Hamid Karzai has said foreign forces’ withdrawal, scheduled before the end of 2014, would bring stability to Afghanistan.

Karzai told a group of university presidents and professors that the the country was headed toward



Date: 23 Oct 2012

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (INP): Pakistan and United States working groups will meet in November and December to discuss bilateral relation and key issues.

According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, working groups of Pakistan and US are likely to hold meetings in Islamabad and Washington on key issues regarding relations between two countries,



Date: 22 Oct 2012

KABUL, Oct 22 (INP) The war against terrorism cannot be won if the international community does not pressure Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism on its soil, Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.



Date: 18 Oct 2012

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba (Reuters) — The man accused of being the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks said in a courtroom here on Wednesday that the United States government had killed many more people in the name of national security than he was accused of killing.



Date: 16 Oct 2012

BIRMINGHAM: Malala Yousafzai will undergo reconstructive surgery according to the medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dave Rosser.

"Malala will need reconstructive surgery and we have international experts in that field," Rosser said.



Date: 12 Oct 2012

SYDNEY, Oct 12 (INP): About 450 soldiers from the Adelaide-based 7th Battalion will be farewelled on Saturday ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers will be the first to act as advisers to the Afghan National Army rather than as mentors in previous troop rotations.



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