March 27, 2009 Many analysts like the fact that President Obama's plan calls for more troops and more training for Afghan security forces, but the devil is in the details, and some say the details aren't clear.
March 27, 2009 Seven years after the fall of the Taliban, the whereabouts of Mullah Omar are still unknown. U.S. and Afghan intelligence officials believe the mysterious one-eyed cleric may hiding out in Pakistan.
March 26, 2009 The president announced Friday that he will send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan to act as advisers and trainers for the Afghan security forces. He also recommended the amount of American aid to Pakistan be tripled to about $1.5 billion a year for at least five years.
March 26, 2009 China has long sought to discredit the Dalai Lama, an advocate for Tibetan autonomy. The worldwide economic downturn may have increased China's influence, especially in countries such as South Africa.
March 18, 2009 The country's new interim president is an ambitious young businessman who made his name as mayor of the island nation's capital city. In that and other ways, he's not so different from the man he's ousting.
March 9, 2009 Iraq's southern marshlands were once as famous as the Florida Everglades; they supported a vibrant culture based on fishing, water-buffalo herding and reed gathering. The Marsh Arabs were on their way to restoring their old lives, but now a drought and government inaction are threatening the marshes.
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March 2, 2009 U.S. commanders say they're releasing as many as 50 detainees a day, with plans to turn the hardest-core of extremists over to a revamped Iraqi prison system. The prison camps once held as many as 26,000 inmates, most of them accused of involvement in terrorism or sectarian violence.
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February 27, 2009 Last month's provincial election shifted the balance of power in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh province. The change could bring long-simmering tensions between the region's Arabs and Kurds to the boiling point.
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February 24, 2009 Samir Safwat al-Hadithi, a 60-year-old lawyer and politician, was the victim of unknown gunmen who had apparently been lying in wait. He became the third member of his political party to be assassinated in a month in killings that seem to mark a new chapter in Iraq's struggle for stability.
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February 23, 2009 Iraq's National Museum was partially reopened Monday, almost six years after rioters plundered it of priceless artifacts. The looting at the museum and many other government institutions occurred shortly after U.S. troops occupied the Iraqi capital.
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February 19, 2009 Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush, defended his actions in court Thursday before his trial was adjourned. Court officials need to examine technical issues regarding the nature of the former president's visit.
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February 17, 2009 Iraq's state minister for women's affairs has quit her job, saying she was frustrated by the government's lack of support. The resignation highlights the plight of Iraqi women, especially widows created by decades of war. Critics say Nawal al-Samarraie was a bad choice to begin with.
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January 30, 2009 The global economic downturn is triggering strikes and protests in Europe, including a massive general strike in France and roadblocks by farmers in Greece. Economists say it could happen in the U.S., especially if unemployment worsens.
January 28, 2009 The U.S. is considering sending as many as 30,000 additional service personnel to Afghanistan, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel on Tuesday that after more than seven years of war, there still is no clear plan for using them.
January 23, 2009 George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke have built careers as bargainers in politics, business and war. Now they'll try to untangle the barbed wire around two of America's biggest foreign-policy problems: Arab-Israeli relations and issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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