President Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year.» Read More
WASHINGTON, June 19- Much of Bangkok could flood within the next two decades if global warming stays on its current trajectory, as sea levels rise and cyclones intensify, the World Bank said in a new report on Wednesday.
*Obama makes first trip to Berlin as U.S. president. BERLIN, June 19- President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared "Ich bin ein Berliner" in a defiant Cold War address.
WASHINGTON/ KABUL- The United States and the Taliban raised hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.
WASHINGTON, June 17- The Pentagon said on Monday it will spend $572 million to buy 30 Russian-built military helicopters that will be used by Afghan security forces. The Pentagon said the work would be performed in Russia.
ZARAGOZA, Spain, June 17- At military exercises in northern Spain, French and Spanish fighters fly alongside Swedish and Czech transport aircraft while a multinational team of mechanics changes the engine on a Belgian plane.
PARIS, June 16- International orders are set to eclipse U.S. military purchases of Sikorsky Aircraft helicopters in four or five years, the company's president told Reuters ahead of the Paris air show.
WICHITA, Kan.-- A federal agency has rejected Wichita- based Beechcraft's protest of the award of an Air Force contract for light air support planes to Sierra Nevada Corp. and its Brazil- based partner, Embraer. The contract for 20 planes for use in Afghanistan is worth more than $427 million.
*Kabulbank collapsed in 2010 after $935 million stolen. UNITED NATIONS, June 13- More people must be held accountable for the 2010 collapse of Afghanistan's Kabulbank and robust action on asset recovery and financial regulation is essential to ease foreign donor worries and ensure continued aid, the United Nations said on Thursday.
DAKAR, June 12- Satellite operator O3B Network has customers signed up for one third of the capacity on eight new satellites to be launched by September to provide high-speed Internet to emerging markets, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Google and HSBC bank are among its other investors.
FORT MEADE, Md.-- The mountain of classified material Army Pfc. Martin Nehring, said his review of Afghanistan and Iraq battlefield reports revealed techniques for neutralizing improvised explosives, the name of an enemy target, the names of criminal suspects and troop movements.
The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the government ran a $139 billion deficit in May. The Treasury Department will report on the May deficit at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday. That's down from last year's deficit of $1.09 trillion and would be a significant improvement after four straight years of $1 trillion- plus imbalances.
Internet spying programme have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home.
WASHINGTON, June 1- A shirt-sleeves summit between the world's two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace.
MOSCOW- Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria on Tuesday dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray among President Bashar al-Assad's political foes.
*President has launched biggest offensive yet on Islamists. MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 26- Nuradin Mohammed used to resent and fear the troops who swept past his fish stall in this northeast Nigerian city on the trail of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.
*Pakistan's financing needs estimated at $6 bln- 9 bln. LAHORE, Pakistan, May 24- Pakistan's new leadership expects first results of its planned steps to shore up its finances and ease a power crisis in two or three months and only then should decide whether and on what terms to seek an IMF bailout, a senior policy adviser said on Friday.
LONDON, May 23- In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for Londoners was the man's unmistakably familiar accent.
LONDON, May 23- Strapping his baby into a car seat, Abu Khaled said it was unfortunate that a British soldier was hacked to death in an apparent Islamist attack a day earlier in London, but it was not the only misfortune on his mind. "Eleven children died in Afghanistan in a U.S. drone attack about the time of the Boston bombings.
STOCKHOLM, May 23- The scene of Sweden's worst riots in years, Husby is on the surface at least a typically neat suburb of colourful playgrounds, manicured parks and low rise apartment buildings.
TUNIS, May 23- For the first time since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, relations between mainstream Islamists in government and radical Salafist Muslim activists have reached breaking point, sparking deadly clashes in two Tunisian cities.