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No more French combat troops for Afghanistan: Sarkozy

No more French combat troops for Afghanistan: Sarkozy

Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France will send no more combat troops to Afghanistan, in an interview on Monday three days before an international conference on stabilising the country. “I said a year and a half ago… that there […]


NKorea lashes out at Seoul’s ‘preemptive strike’ plan

NKorea lashes out at Seoul’s ‘preemptive strike’ plan

Seoul: North Korea on Sunday lashed out at South Korea’s plan to launch a “preemptive strike” to thwart any nuclear attack from Pyongyang as “an open declaration of war,” state media said. The North’s General Staff of the Korean People’s […]


US firm backs off Jesus Rifle scopes

US firm backs off Jesus Rifle scopes

WASHINGTON: A US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, announcing it was providing kits to remove them. Muslim and religious freedom groups reacted angrily after […]


Iran threatens to hit Western warships in Gulf if attacked

Iran threatens to hit Western warships in Gulf if attacked

Tehran: Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday that Western warships stationed in the Gulf are “best targets” for the Islamic republic if its nuclear sites are attacked, Fars news agency reported. Iranian officials have repeatedly threatened to deliver a […]


US, French troops share airborne training in Pyrenees

US, French troops share airborne training in Pyrenees

La-Teste-De-Buch, France: Under the steady thumping of rotors, the French Caracal and American Pave Hawk helicopters race off towards the snow-covered French Pyrenees. The location is well-chosen: the southern French mountains resemble the rough landscape troops will face in Afghanistan. […]


Beijing denies China hackers attacked Indian govt

Beijing denies China hackers attacked Indian govt

Beijing: China on Tuesday rejected reports that Indian government computers had been attacked by Chinese hackers as “groundless”, one week after US Internet giant Google made a similar accusation. A source in the office of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh […]


N.Korea says sanctions must end before nuclear talks

N.Korea says sanctions must end before nuclear talks

Seoul: North Korea Monday demanded an end to sanctions before it returns to nuclear disarmament negotiations, but gave the go-ahead for economic talks with South Korea despite earlier threats to attack its neighbour. Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, reiterating its earlier stance, […]


Taliban launch attacks on central Kabul

Taliban launch attacks on central Kabul

KABUL: The Taliban launched a wave of gun and bomb attacks on Kabul on Monday, saying it had sent in 20 suicide bombers to strike government buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital. A series of explosions and intense […]


US to take lead role in southern Afghanistan: report

US to take lead role in southern Afghanistan: report

LONDON: United States forces are to take over the main role in southern Afghanistan from the British in a shake-up of the region’s command structure, a newspaper reported Thursday. The arrangement for the vast area known as Regional Command South […]


 
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