Senators call for full review of Pakistani ties (Reuters) – 2226th Edition

Reuters – Two senior Republican senators called on Monday for a thorough review of U.S. relations with Pakistan, declaring that all security and economic aid to Islamabad must be reconsidered.
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Australian man kidnapped in southern Philippines (AP) – 2225th Edition

AP – Security forces searched Tuesday for an Australian man who was kidnapped in the restive southern Philippines, the latest in a rash of abductions that includes a South Korean who died of complications after a month in captivity.
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U.S., India, Japan to meet after Obama’s Asia “pivot” (Reuters) – 2224th Edition

Reuters – The United States, India and Japan will hold their first trilateral meeting this month as Washington pushes ahead with its “pivot” toward Asia, where China’s growing power has raised concern.
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Afghanistan to need financial support until 2024 (AP) – 2223th Edition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front left, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, second from right in front, and Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul, right, join foreign ministers and world leaders for a group photo during an international conference on the future of Afghanistan, in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)AP – Afghanistan will need the financial support of other countries for at least another decade beyond the 2014 departure of foreign troops, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday at an international conference.

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AP Interview: Pakistan PM sees progress in US ties (AP) – 2222th Edition

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Gilani says his country wants to rebuild ties with the United States despite Islamabad's ongoing retaliation for deadly airstrikes on its troops by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)AP – In an overture to Washington, Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday his country wants to repair U.S. relations pushed close to rupture since NATO airstrikes on the Afghan border killed 24 Pakistani troops last month.

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Afghanistan’s allies pledge to stay for long haul (Reuters) – 2221th Edition

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) is welcomed by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Cologne/Bonn military airport December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Ina FassbenderReuters – Foreign governments pledged on Monday to support Afghanistan long after allied troops go home, with or without a political settlement with insurgents once seen as the best way to prevent a new civil war.

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U.S. forces begin leaving Pakistan drone base (Reuters) – 2220th Edition

Reuters – U.S. personnel have taken steps to evacuate a remote airfield in Pakistan that had been used for staging classified drone flights directed against militants, U.S. and Pakistani sources said on Monday.
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West’s Afghan aims rankle with Iran (Reuters) – 2219th Edition

Reuters – Iran renewed an objection on Monday to foreign troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014, a reminder that an enduring international role in Tehran’s neighbor may aggravate tensions between the Islamic republic and the West.
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Ex-leader in court: Khmer Rouge not ‘bad people’ (AP) – 2218th Edition

In this photo released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Noun Chea, former deputy secretary in the Communist Party of Kampuchea looks on before being questioned at the court hall of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/ Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Mark Peters) EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP – The No. 2 leader of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime told a court he and his comrades were not “bad people,” denying responsibility Monday for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians during their 1970s rule.

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Vietnam: 100,000 killed, hurt by abandoned weapons (AP) – 2217th Edition

AP – More than 100,000 Vietnamese have been killed or injured by land mines or other abandoned explosives since the Vietnam War ended nearly 40 years ago, and clearing all of the country will take decades more, officials said Monday.
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