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NATO to consider maintaining larger Afghan force

BRUSSELS – Senior NATO officials say the alliance is strongly considering a proposal to continue funding an Afghan security force of 352,000 troops through 2018, as part of an effort to maintain security and help convince Afghanistan that America and its allies will not abandon it once combat troops leave in 2014. Last May, NATO agreed to underwrite an Afghan ...

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigns

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov offered to step down after anti-government protests sparked street violence four months before parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place. The premier, who has been in office since 2009, told the Sofia-based assembly he will submit his resignation before lawmakers were scheduled to vote on Cabinet changes involving the replacement of Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, ...

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101st returns to Afghanistan, but different role

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The 101st Airborne Division is headed to Afghanistan for the third time in five years, but the division’s commanding general, Maj. Gen. James McConville, says his forces have to be more adaptive and agile as they set the stage for the 2014 withdrawal of U.S. combat forces. About…

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Thieves steal $50 million in diamonds from Brussels airport

When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carrying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp’s diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory was about to go down. The thieves surely knew it would be too risky to make their move in Antwerp, which is the world ...

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PlayStation 4 unveiled at NY event

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony unveiled its next-generation gaming system, PlayStation 4, at an event in New York, saying the console will be part of a new ecosystem focused on hardware, software and “the fastest, most powerful gaming network.” “Our long-term vision is to reduce download times of digital titles to zero,” said Mark Cerny, Sony’s lead system architect on ...

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Pirates take six foreigners hostage in Nigeria

A tanker. Photo: Reuters LAGOS: Armed pirates who stormed an oil service ship off Nigeria have kidnapped six foreigners and demanded a $US1.3 million ($1.26 million) ransom for their release, the police and military say. “Three of those abducted are from Ukraine, two from India, one from Russia,” Bayelsa state police spokesman Fidelis Odunna said of the Sunday attack. Ukraine’s ...

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AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona: Boateng and Muntari leave Catalans on brink

The former Portsmouth pair struck in the second half of a memorable victory for the Rossoneri, who defended with their lives to clinch a priceless first-leg victory By Keeghann Sinanan More On : AC Milan, FC Barcelona, AC Milan vs FC Barcelona Comments Getty Images A textbook smash and grab display from AC Milan was enough to see them upset ...

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French special forces in Cameroon helping hostage probe

YAOUNDE: French special forces have arrived in northern Cameroon to help locate a French family who were kidnapped on Tuesday and moved to Nigeria, a local governor said on Wednesday. The abduction of three adults and four children highlights the risk to French nationals and interests in Africa since Paris sent forces to Mali to oust Islamist rebels. “French special ...

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