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Afghan president ready to let US have 9 bases

KABUL — The U.S. can keep nine bases in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 NATO combat troop pullout, the country’s president said Thursday, the first time he has made such an offer in public. Hamid Karzai insisted on “security and economic guarantees” first. Talks over a deal that would outline the American presence in Afghanistan after next year have been in progress ... Read More »

Nigerian militants kill 46 police in ambush: police

ONITSHA – Nigerian militants killed 46 police officers in an ambush in the north central state of Nassarawa this week, police said on Thursday. It was not clear if the militants in Tuesday’s attack were linked to Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has waged an insurgency in northern Nigeria for three years. Boko Haram and other Islamist groupsusually operate further north than Nassarawa. “Forty-six police officers were killed about 10 ... Read More »

Cameron says Britain must stay in EU, dismisses skeptics

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron took on critics in his own Conservative party on Thursday, saying it would be wrong for Britain to leave the European Union. Some pessimists “say there is no prospect of reforming the European Union, you simply have to leave. I think they are wrong … I think it is possible to change and reform this organization,” Camerontold an investment ... Read More »

Bangladesh factory fire kills eight; collapse toll tops 900

DHAKA – Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on Thursday, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 900. The fire, in an industrial district of Dhaka, comes amid global attention on safety standards in Bangladesh’s booming garment industry following the catastrophic collapse of Rana Plaza, on ... Read More »

Authorities: 42 dead in Nigeria extremist attacks

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria  — Coordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy machine guns killed at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria, authorities said Tuesday, the latest in a string of increasingly bloody attacks threatening peace in Africa’s most populous nation. The attack struck multiple locations in the hard-hit town of Bama in Nigeria’s Borno state, where shootings and bombings have ... Read More »

Syria cut off from global Internet as civil war rages

SAN FRANCISCO  – Internet connections between Syria and the outside world were cut off on Tuesday, according to data from Google Inc and other global Internet companies. Google’s Transparency Report pages showed traffic to Google services pages from the country, embroiled in a civil war that has lasted more than two years, suddenly stopping shortly before 3 p.m. EDT (1900 ... Read More »

Woman who ran secret prison bypassed as top spy

WASHINGTON — One of the CIA’s highest-ranking women, who once ran a CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded, has been bypassed for the agency’s top spy job. The officer, who remains undercover, was a finalist for the job and would have become the first female chief of clandestine operations. As one of the last remaining senior CIA ... Read More »

President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

BEIRUT – In his first response to Israel’s weekend airstrikes, President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that Syria is capable of facing Israel, but stopped short of threatening retaliation for the strikes near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Assad spoke after a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, who paid an unexpected visit to Damascus. Iran, one of Syria’s ... Read More »

Gas tanker truck explodes outside Mexico City, kills 20

MEXICO CITY  – A gas tanker truck exploded on a highway north of Mexico City early on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 30 others as a fireball tore through cars and homes. Pablo Bedolla, mayor of the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec, said 20 people died in the blast that engulfed early morning traffic. Television ... Read More »

North Korea has gained nothing from recent threats, Obama says

WASHINGTON – The United States and South Korea vowed on Tuesday to keep up their guard and not reward bad behavior by North Korea, which President Barack Obama said had won no benefits or prestige from recent war threats. “If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the ... Read More »

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