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More troops needed for Afghanistan: U.S. General Casey
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General George Casey, Army chief of staff, on Sunday became the latest U.S. military official to advocate sending more troops to Afghanistan as President Barack Obama nears a decision on a new strategy. General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has recommended a 40,000-troop increase, but Casey would not comment on how many addi ...

U.N.'s Goldstone criticizes U.S. reaction to Gaza report
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of a U.N. investigation that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, Richard Goldstone, has said he is disappointed there has been such a "lukewarm" reaction to his findings in the United States. The report by Goldstone, a South African jurist, lambasted both sides in the December-January war, which killed up to 1,387 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, but was harsher t ...

Thousands in West Bank urge Abbas not to quit
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Haitham Tamimi HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinians turned out in Hebron on Sunday to urge Mahmoud Abbas to run again for the presidency following his announcement that he did not want a second term in the job. Waving flags, Abbas supporters lined the streets of Hebron to greet the president as he conducted a rare tour of towns in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, ...

Market attack in Pakistan kills at least 12
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Faris Ali PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed an anti-Taliban village mayor and 11 other people in an attack near Pakistan's volatile city of Peshawar on Sunday, officials said. The bomber blew himself up as Abdul Malik, mayor of Matni village, was visiting a market crowded with people and goats being sold for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.  ...

Hurricane Ida strengthens on way to Gulf of Mexico
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Ida strengthened in the Caribbean off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday and was expected to move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico later in the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Top sustained winds for Ida, which reached hurricane status again late on Saturday, picked up to 90 mph, the Miami-based hurricane center said. It was a Category 1 ...

Thousands of Japanese protest U.S. base plan
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Isabel Reynolds GINOWAN, Japan (Reuters) - Thousands of Japanese gathered in sweltering heat on the southern island of Okinawa on Sunday to demand that a U.S. Marine base be moved out of the region, days ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama. The row over the re-siting of the Futenma air base threatens to stall a realignment of the 47,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan and  ...

House backs anti-abortion amendment
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted on Saturday to tighten a ban against using federal funds to finance abortions under the proposed Democratic healthcare reform legislation. Opposition Republicans joined forces with anti-abortion Democrats to pass the amendment to the healthcare legislation on a vote of 240-194. The House approved a sweepi ...

UK urges G20 to consider bank levy
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Sumeet Desai and Anna Willard ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain pressed the G20 on Saturday to come up with a plan to make banks pay for any future bailouts but one idea of imposing a global financial transactions tax was immediately shot down by the United States. Meeting for the third time this year, Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers made little progress o ...

House passes sweeping healthcare overhaul
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Whitesides and Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives approved a sweeping healthcare reform bill on Saturday, backing the biggest health policy changes in four decades and handing President Barack Obama a crucial victory. On a narrow 220-215 vote, including the support of one Republican, the House endorsed a bill that would expand coverage to nearly a ...

Obama wraps up Afghan review, eyes final options
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Adam Entous WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is wrapping up deliberations on war strategy in Afghanistan and is considering final Pentagon options that include sending about 30,000 more troops, officials said on Saturday. A deployment of that size would be less than the 40,000-troop increase recommended by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces ...

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