US warns Iran over blocking oil strait: Report

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SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet WASHINGTON: The United States has used a secret channel to warn Iran’s leaders against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying that doing so would provoke a US response, the New York Times reported. Iran has threatened to close the narrow and strategic…

U.S. builds up forces in Persian Gulf

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top U.S. commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, […]

Japan’s Noda Names Okada as Deputy Premier

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his Cabinet today to boost negotiations with the opposition over raising the national sales tax, as polls show rising discontent with his four-month-old administration. Former Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada was named Noda’s deputy premier, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters today in Tokyo. […]

Iran nuclear: Ali Larijani accepts Turkey talks offer

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Iran has said it has agreed to talks with six world powers on its controversial nuclear programme, days after the UN confirmed Tehran was producing 20% enriched uranium. Visiting Turkey, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he had accepted Ankara’s offer to try to restart the talks. Negotiations have stalled since […]

Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

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WASHINGTON — An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Lt. Col. Paul Almanza’s recommendation to try Pfc. Bradley Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain […]

Netherlands asks Denmark, Norway to join F-35 buy

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US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R) greets Hans Hillen, the Netherland… The Netherlands has asked Denmark and Norway to join it in acquiring and maintaining future F-35 fighter jets, Dutch Minister Hans Hillen said Thursday after meetings at the Pentagon. The move was an example “of how far the […]

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

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ROBERT BURNS Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video purporting to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses — an act that appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President […]