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Afghan government accuses US special forces of civilian death and torture

The Afghan government has ordered all US special forces to leave one of Afghanistan‘s most restive provinces, after receiving reports from local officials claiming the elite force is behind several cases of Afghan civilians being tortured or disappeared.

Senate gun control deal stuck on issue of federal background checks

Reports of an imminent deal over new gun controls were dismissed by a key Republican negotiator Sunday as senators struggled to find a middle way between calls for tougher regulations in the wake of the Newtown school shooting and fearsome resistance from the gun lobby.

John Kerry’s first stop as secretary of state: London

John Kerry got down to the real business of being America’s top diplomat Sunday, embarking on a nine-country “listening tour” to gauge views onSyriaIran and the Israelis-Palestinian conflict.

Oxford in uproar over union motion to boycott Israel

Students at Oxford University will this week vote on a controversial motion to boycott Israel, after a tumultuous week that has seen hate mail, accusations of racism and a furious exit from a debate by MP George Galloway .

BP and Justice Department try for deal ahead of Deepwater Horizon trial

The US Justice Department and BP were engaged Sunday in efforts to forge a last-minute deal to avert a trial over 2010’s deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster, set to begin in New Orleans on Monday

Syrian opposition says it captures former nuclear site

(Reuters) – Syrian rebels have captured the site of a suspected nuclear reactor near the Euphrates river which Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago, opposition sources in eastern Syria said on Sunday.

Gloomy Italians vote in election crucial for euro zone

(Reuters) – Italy voted on Sunday in one of the most unpredictable elections in years, with many voters expressing rage against a discredited elite and doubt that a government will emerge strong enough to combat a severe economic crisis.

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