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Afghan drug fight will follow law's letter, NATO says

BERLIN – NATO will remain within international law when it proceeds with new measures to kill drug traffickers in Afghanistan and bomb drug-processing laboratories to deprive the Taliban of its main financing, the head of the alliance said Wednesday.

Between the 2 Koreas, a border fortified by mistrust

BAENGNYEONG ISLAND, South Korea – Just a dozen kilometers from this northernmost island of South Korea, North Korea has massed two army divisions, their artillery and rockets pointed directly at the South.

Russia's peace offensive

President Dmitri Medvedev's speech in Evian, France last week has been portrayed as a broadside against the United States. Indeed, much of the speech amounted to a gratuitous rant reminiscent of his predecessor, now prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

Putin's methods

In our country the fight against terrorism is called a "special operation". Most often these "operations" take place in Khasavyourt, a city in Chechnya's neighboring Republic of Dagestan.

French police treatment of journalist raises free-speech issues

PARIS – The police treatment of a journalist accused of libel, who was dragged from his home in front of his young sons, has raised questions about freedom of speech in France and the tactics employed by the police and the judicial system here.

Cuba: How Castro fooled us

Read the column in Spanish below: "Capitalism in the media. La sociedad cubana vive sustentada and the exploration of hombre por el Estado."

Crisis reaches Europe as institutions in four countries

FRANKFURT – The turmoil that has rocked the U.S. banking system spread to Europe on Monday, buffeting institutions in at least four countries with a chain of new failures. Another US bank was also consumed in a fire sale just when hopes were high that the worst was over.

Climate change conference hampered by US political change

POZNAN, Poland – As ministers from 189 countries gather here to hammer out a new climate change treaty, progress is sorely hampered by the absence of one delegation: the team that will forge Barack Obama's climate policy.

The theory and reality of France's EU leadership

PARIS – In a time when world leadership appears in short supply, Nicolas Sarkozy is making a case that he can be a leader of a Europe able to take a greater hand in global decision making.

Perfecting the union

NEW YORK – Beyond Iraq, beyond the economy, beyond health care, there was something even more fundamental to stake in this US election won by Barack Obama: the self-respect of the American people.

Egypt: Nakedness of Women

There is a striking similarity between the hijab and make up.

EU tries to stay neutral as Russia reduces gas flow to Ukraine

PARIS – As Russia puts the latest tightening twist on the gas valve to Ukraine on Monday, Europe steadfastly refused to become the arbitrator in a price dispute in which both sides have weaker hands than in a similar standoff three years ago.

North Korea releases flurry of reports on Kim

SEOUL – North Korea's state-run media has released a flurry of reports of public appearances by the country's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, in what analysts on Thursday called an effort to demonstrate to his people and the outside world that he is firmly in control despite widespread rumors of ill health.

Climate expert urges EU to take action

BRUSSELS – The European Union should agree on a strong package of measures to tackle greenhouse gas emissions even if that means making special concessions to satisfy reluctant countries like Poland, according to Nicholas Stern, one of the world's foremost authorities on climate change.

EU powers favor changes to global financial system

BRUSSELS – Shaken by the financial meltdown and plunging markets, leaders of the world's economic powers said Wednesday that they favored an ambitious campaign to revamp the structures that have governed global finance for more than 60 years.

Leak about Afghan tactics forces NATO to backtrack

BERLIN – NATO was reeling Friday after the leak of a classified document in which the military alliance's supreme commander of Europe proposed that NATO soldiers serving in Afghanistan shoot drug traffickers without waiting for proof.

Echoes of The Cold War in Russia's new stance

BERLIN – The Poles have had their ups and downs with the Bush administration. But one thing Warsaw succeeded in obtaining was an agreement to base parts of the Pentagon's controversial antiballistic missile system in Poland.

Germany approves mission

BERLIN – Seeking to keep the biggest German peacekeeping mission from becoming an election issue next year, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government won overwhelming approval from Parliament on Thursday to send an extra 1,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 14 months.

Habitants and Cuba

Duration of the Declaration of 60, and the siglo pasado, they produce a tree of nacimientos and Cuba, for the moment of confession and the recent revolution.

Obama takes lead in electoral projections

As the race for the US presidential race enters its final stage after nearly two years of campaigning, a number of analyzes are showing Senator Barack Obama holding more than the number of Electoral College votes necessary for victory if the election were held today, leaving Senator John McCain battled against the clock to win back states that once leaned in his favor.

Tibet: Obama's lacking struggle

Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama did not pronounce the word «human rights» correctly in Beijing. But I'm not disappointed. That's exactly what I expected.

Cast aside illusions and prepare to fight

The eighth round of Sino-Tibetan talks was, of course, a major turning point.

Sarkozy's Mediterranean plan slow to get moving

BRUSSELS – Once described by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France as his "Mediterranean dream," a plan to bind Europe to its southern neighbors was supported by no fewer than 43 countries at a summit meeting in a glittering Parisian palace in July.

The lies of Mubarak's regime!

The Mubarak media propagate lies to hide their crimes: Over 400 young Egyptians killed last days. We need the world media to tell the truth about the regime now!

The EU considers the possibility of a small-country bailout

BRUSSELS – Could Europe's biggest economies be called upon to bail out the smaller, weaker ones?