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Afghan government says NATO war 'aimless, unwise'

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during the opening ceremony of the third year of the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul in this March 6, 2013, file photo. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/Files

KABUL: Afghanistan's presidential spokesman on Tuesday described the NATO-led military operation in the war-torn nation as "aimless and unwise", in the latest broadside by Kabul against the international coalition.


U.S. welcomes election of Syrian rebel PM

Ghassan Hitto, the Syrian opposition's newly elected interim prime minister, center, is congratulated by other members after a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday welcomed the election of a long-time Texas resident as the Syrian rebel prime minister, voicing hopes he can foster "unity and cohesion among the opposition.


Teen gets 3 life sentences in U.S. school shooting

T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)

CHARDON, United States: A teenager was given three life sentences without parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in an Ohio high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded.


Convoy takes South Sudanese home from Khartoum

A South Sudanese woman carries her child as she walks towards buses waiting to leave the Sudanese capital Khartoum on March 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

KHARTOUM: Almost 1,000 South Sudanese left their squalid Khartoum camp to return home by convoy on Tuesday but there is little immediate hope for tens of thousands who remain, officials say.


EU signs aid deal with Palestinian PM

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton poses with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (L) after signing a financial agreement in Brussels March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS: The European Union signed an aid deal Tuesday with the Palestinian prime minister to bolster ties and promote economic development against a backdrop of a stalled peace process with Israel.


Tunisian troops battle Islamist militants near Algerian border

Tunisian soldiers check cars in Tunis on January 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

TUNIS: Tunisian troops clashed with Islamist militants near the border with Algeria on Tuesday, a security source said, in an area where the army is hunting Al-Qaeda-linked fighters.


Egypt military investigating Hamas in new case

Palestinian Hamas security forces march during their graduation ceremony in Gaza City on March 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

CAIRO: An Egyptian security official says the military is investigating whether the Palestinian group Hamas is linked to a batch of confiscated fabric that could have been used to make counterfeit uniforms.


French army says 15 Islamists killed in Mali

French soldiers patrol on March 17, 2013, in the Adrar of the Ifoghas mountains, northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

PARIS: Fifteen Islamist fighters have been killed in recent days in the northern Mali region of Gao, the French army said Tuesday, announcing the seizure of a large cache of arms and ammunition.