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NATO says no Afghan winter lull in fight with Taliban
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jonathon Burch KABUL (Reuters) - NATO forces said Monday they would not let up the fight against Taliban insurgents during the Afghan winter and coordinated operations with the Pakistani army would likely hamper the militants' traditional rest from combat. Violence rose in eastern Afghanistan in the spring and summer this year as ceasefires between Pakistan and militants on its si ...

Blackwater guards charged in Iraq shooting
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said five Blackwater security guards were charged with killing 14 unarmed civilians and wounding 20 others in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. In a 35-count indictment, the five men were charged with manslaughter, attempt to commit manslaughter and weapons violations, the U.S. Justice Department said. A sixth Blackwater guard pleaded guilty on Decembe ...

September 11 defendants ask to plead guilty
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - The self-styled mastermind of the September 11 attacks and four co-defendants sent a note to a military judge at Guantanamo on Monday saying they wanted to confess and plead guilty. The judge said he would question the five to ensure that was their wish. (Editing by Tom Brown and Jackie Frank)

Dow Chemical to cut 5,000 full-time jobs
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dow Chemical Co said on Monday it would close 20 facilities, divest several businesses and trim about 11 percent of its jobs in the latest corporate retrenchment caused by the global economic slump. Dow said the action, which comes less than a week after its U.S. rival DuPont announced cutbacks, were an acceleration of its "transformational strategy" that will lead to a ...

Official silence as Pakistan nabs Mumbai plot suspect
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Simon Cameron-Moore ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - One of the suspected planners of last month's attack by gunmen in Mumbai was arrested by Pakistani security forces in a raid on a militant camp near Muzaffarabad, sources in the capital of Pakistani Kashmir said on Monday. The Pakistani government has so far been silent over Sunday's raid at the camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters in the ...

Iraq security contractors face end to immunity
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Missy Ryan and Mohammed Abbas BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Private security guards in Iraq, whose armored convoys once barreled through the streets with impunity, could face being thrown into crowded and violent Iraqi jails once their era of legal immunity ends on January 1. Under a security pact signed with the United States, foreign contractors, including some 30,000 armed-to-the-teeth p ...

Car bailout hopes rise as EU and China plot next moves
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Chinese and European leaders were due to plot their next steps on Monday to steer the world economy away from a precipice, while stimulus measures presented, planned or pending propelled stock markets higher. The U.S. Senate was set to reconvene as White House and Democratic congressional negotiators sought to agree a rescue package for the ailing " ...

Third day of riots grip Greece after shooting
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Daniel Flynn and Dina Kyriakidou ATHENS (Reuters) - Hundreds of students threw fire bombs at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Monday in a third day of riots triggered by the fatal shooting of a teenager by police and fueled by rising economic hardship. Dozens of people have been injured and scores of businesses destroyed in Athens and Thessaloniki during Greece ...

Schwarzenegger tells U.N.: Green rules help markets
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Green regulations will help both the environment and ailing economies, California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told a 187-nation U.N. climate conference on Monday. "Of course, there are some people who say that we can't afford the fight against global warming while our economies are down," he said in a video message on the sidelines of the December 1-12 U.N. m ...

Pakistan arrests suspected Mumbai planner: source
8 Dec 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The suspected planner of last month's attack by gunmen on Mumbai was arrested by Pakistani security forces in a raid on a militant camp, an official with a charity linked to the militant group said on Monday. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was among four men taken into cus ...

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