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EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

Nov 26, 2014

EXCLUSIVE - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #aut #rch #cnt
Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control - government report

Nov 26, 2014

Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control - government report

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. The report by the U.S. #content #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #cookie #aut #typeof-registered #cnt
Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges govt not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

Nov 26, 2014

Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges govt not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is seeking an unprecedented third term in a snap poll on Jan #Yahoo! #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #cnt
Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region; Tbilisi protests

Nov 25, 2014

Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region; Tbilisi protests

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a "strategic partnership" agreement with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on Monday, angering Tbilisi, which said Moscow was looking to annex the territory. The agreement drew strong criticism from NATO and the European Union. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
CORRECTED - Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Nov 23, 2014

CORRECTED - Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - (Corrects province name to Paktika, not Paktia, throughout) A suicide bomber attacked spectators at a crowded volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 40 people, a provincial official said. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #values #rco #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

Nov 23, 2014

Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on Sunday, praising their "creative" commitment to helping the poor. Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a Keralan mystic nun, an Indian priest and social reformer, the former Bishop of Vicenza, and three members of the Franciscan order. "They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbour," Pope Francis told crowds in St. #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

Nov 23, 2014

Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber walked into a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan and detonated his explosives vest on Sunday, killing at least 40 people, a provincial official said. Paktia provincial spokesman Mukhles Afghan said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Paktia province, where hundreds had gathered to watch a tournament final #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Lockheed, Pentagon ink $4.7 bln deal for 8th batch of F-35 fighters

Nov 22, 2014

Lockheed, Pentagon ink $4.7 bln deal for 8th batch of F-35 fighters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it had awarded Lockheed Martin Corp a contract valued at $4.7 billion for an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets that lowered the average price per jet by 3.5 percent from the last contract, and 57 percent from the first batch. The Pentagon's F-35 program office said the deal includes 29 jets for the United States and 14 for five other countries: Israel, Japan, Norway, Britain and Italy. Once production of those jets is completed, more than 200 F-35s will be in operation by eight countries, according to the office that runs the $399 billion F-35 program for the Pentagon. #Yahoo! #content #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt