U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan to end this spring

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014. “Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed, but let me say it as […]

McCain: Obama has ’emboldened our enemies’

US Sen. John McCain blasted President Obama  Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, saying his 2008 presidential rival was on the wrong side on history for everything from his Middle Eastern policy to leaking secrets to the press. “The president has discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies,” said McCain

HSBC exec resigns at money laundering hearing

HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA)’s head of group compliance, David Bagley, told a Senate hearing he will step down amid charges the bank gave terrorists, drug cartels and criminals access to the U.S. financial

Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden

A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been sentenced to 33 years in jail, officials say. Shakil Afridi was charged with treason for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information. The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had called for his release on the grounds that his work served […]

Activists mock Syria elections

Anti-regime activists were quick to spoof Syria’s parliamentary elections Monday with a flurry of amateur, online videos lampooning a vote they say aims to put a shiny gloss on the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad and cover up its fierce crackdown on protesters.