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US suits against Pakistani spy chief face hurdles

US suits against Pakistani spy chief face hurdles

NEW YORK: The plaintiffs in two US lawsuits accusing Pakistan’s spy chief of nurturing terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks are hoping for a historic outcome recalling the Lockerbie settlement, but they would have to overcome serious legal obstacles first, lawyers and experts say. The civil complaints naming Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and his [...]

US diplomats were leery of Allen Stanford

US diplomats were leery of Allen Stanford

MIAMI: US diplomats in the Caribbean were already wary of Texas financier Allen Stanford, who faces trial for allegedly leading a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, years before he was detained in 2009 on massive fraud charges, a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows. The May 2006 confidential report from the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados [...]

PayPal cuts Wikileaks access for donations

PayPal cuts Wikileaks access for donations

The online payments processor, PayPal, says it has cut access for donations to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. PayPal said its payment service cannot be used for activities “that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity”. Wikileaks’ latest releases – of US diplomatic cables – have caused considerable embarrassment to the US [...]

Wikileaks cables: US Mexico drugs war fears revealed

Wikileaks cables US Mexico drugs war fears revealed

The US is concerned that the Mexican army is failing in its fight against drug cartels, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. A cable sent by the US embassy in Mexico City in January 2010 described the army as “slow and risk averse.” It said troops were not trained to patrol the streets or [...]

Has release of Wikileaks documents cost lives?

Has release of Wikileaks documents cost lives

The latest release of Wikileaks documents – a trove of US diplomatic cables which offer, among other things, unflattering and candid assessments of world leaders – has deeply angered American officials. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wikileaks’ actions undermined US foreign policy efforts and amounted to “an attack on the international community, the alliances [...]

Bush’s memoirs he considered attacks on Iran and Syria

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George Bush ordered the Pentagon to plan an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and considered a covert attack on Syria, the former president reveals in his memoirs. Bush, within the 497-page Decision Points, released in the US today, writes of Iran: “I directed the Pentagon to study what would be necessary for a strike.” He [...]

US weighs options against militant threat in Yemen

US weighs options against militant threat in Yemen

WASHINGTON: US officials on Monday weighed expanding operations in Yemen to hunt down Al-Qaeda militants, who are blamed for a foiled bomb plot that experts said showed a high degree of sophistication. The plot, disrupted last week after a crucial tip from Saudi Arabia, put the spotlight on US efforts to help Sanaa battle Al-Qaeda’s [...]

US issues mail advisory, tightens cargo scrutiny

WASHINGTON: The US and allied governments tightened their scrutiny of air cargo and shipped packages on Monday as investigators tried to trace bomb parts and scanned for more mail bombs possibly sent from Yemen. An official United Arab Emirates security source said authorities are tracing the serial numbers of a mobile phone circuit board and [...]

Canada to repatriate former child soldier Omar Khadr

Canada to repatriate former child soldier Omar Khadr

OTTAWA: Canada on Monday said it would allow the repatriation of Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr, who must serve eight years in jail after pleading guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan. “The government of the United States has accepted that Omar Khadr return to Canada and we will carry out the (plea) agreement between [...]

Nato faces Afghan training shortfall, looks offshore

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ABUL: Nato still faces a shortage of specialist instructors to train Afghan forces and has begun sending hundreds to study outside Afghanistan as a stopgap solution, the head of Nato’s training mission said on Sunday. With the Afghanistan war entering its tenth year, Nato wants to build up the local army and police to around [...]

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