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EXCLUSIVE - As troops leave, US seeks custody of key Iraq detainee

WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - With less than 60 days before the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the United States is quietly seeking to keep custody of its highest profile detainee there, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.


India to open bids for $11 bln fighter jets deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government will open bids on Friday for a $11 billion contract to buy fighter jets for India's air force, a defence ministry source said, moving closer to awarding one of the world's biggest arms contracts to one of two European groups.


U.S. candidate Cain says foes 'trying to destroy me'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain said on Wednesday that his opponents are


Clashes outside S.Korea assembly over U.S. trade deal

SEOUL (Reuters) - Riot police used water cannon to disperse protesters outside South Korea's national assembly on Thursday amid a deepening political standoff over the ruling conservatives' final push to seal a trade deal with the United States.


Guantanamo court can't free bomb suspect, U.S. says

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. war crimes tribunal that will try the alleged planner of a deadly attack on a U.S. warship has no power to free him if he is acquitted, military prosecutors said in court documents made public on Wednesday.


Obama says pressure must be maintained on Iran

CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed during talks on Thursday on the need for pressure to be maintained on Iran over its nuclear programme.


Bill Gates urges G20 to live up to aid promises

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates told G20 leaders on Thursday to protect aid budgets, saying cuts would not only hurt the poor but also undermine innovations in areas such as health and farming.


Three blasts kill at least 8 in Iraq's Basra

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed and dozens wounded in three explosions in Iraq's southern oil hub Basra on Wednesday, officials said.


U.S. official defends sci-tech exchanges with China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top science official said U.S.-China science cooperation benefits the United States, rejecting moves to curb the exchanges by lawmakers who say it strengthens China's military.


Khamenei accuses US of 'terror' attacks in Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he had 100