News for 2010-11-15

Monday, November 15, 2010
"We do not have an exit strategy but a transition strategy," Obama's special representative Holbrooke said, adding that "2014 is not the end of international presence in Afghanistan but to be sure there will be some drawdown of troops in July next year. The size and pace will be decided by the president." (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) US Defends Afghanistan Tactics After Karzai Calls for Troop Reduction
The White House and the head of Nato have defended US tactics against the Taliban after the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai , again angered Washington by publicly criticising military operations and calling for a reduction in the number of troops on the ground.
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Haiti Cholera Protest Turns Violent
Clashes and gunfire have broken out between protesters and UN troops in Haiti, where a cholera epidemic has claimed over 900 lives in about three weeks.
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Death Toll From Cholera in Haiti Reaches 900
Health Ministry officials reported more than 120 new deaths since the previous toll, as authorities and international aid agencies struggled to contain the latest crisis afflicting the desperately poor Caribbean nation. Nearly one month after cholera took hold, the confirmed fatalities rose to 917...
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No Let-Up in Afghan Violence Ahead of NATO Summit
KABUL - Nine security guards were killed and a Taliban rocket attack on a military base destroyed six armoured vehicles in Afghanistan on Monday, after another deadly weekend for foreign forces and civilians. Insurgent violence showed no sign of letting up in the build up to a key NATO summit,...
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Helen Thomas on Her Resignation and Middle East
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None Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: A World Without Birds
Scanning the sky with his binoculars, he searches carefully for any sign of movement: the steady beat of a blackbird's wings, the fluttering of a flock of starlings. It has been a week now since he saw the starlings: just four of them flitting from tree to tree, feasting on the autumn berries.
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Amnesty Says EU 'Failing' Over CIA Renditions
Amnesty International has accused the EU of failing to hold its members to account for their role in the detention of terrorism suspects by the CIA. It calls for European governments to ensure justice for suspects who were interrogated under the programme known as extraordinary rendition. Countries...
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