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Gates in Kabul plays down need for big govt shakeup

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday, saying he would press President Hamid Karzai to appoint

Kabul mayor sentenced to 4 years prison for graft

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan authorities said on Tuesday the mayor of Kabul had been sentenced to a four-year prison term for abuse of power in what they described as a major corruption probe, but the mayor's office said he was at work as usual.

Gates tells Afghans U.S. not leaving yet

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Afghans on Tuesday Washington would not abandon them, describing a withdrawal that would begin in 2011 but be spread over several years to give Afghan troops time to train.

Protesters rally against 9/11 trial set for New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demonstrators angered by the Obama administration's move to prosecute the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in civilian court on U.S. soil called on Saturday for the trial to be moved to a military tribunal.

Karzai to unveil Afghan cabinet in days - official

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will unveil his new cabinet within days, a spokesman said on Sunday, adding that efforts to start talks with Taliban insurgents and implementing anti-corruption measures were underway.

A murky future for Anwar and Pakatan

The political fortunes of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat are so uncertain now that no amount of crystal ball gazing can foretell the outcome, now that the Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered him to stand trial for sodomy.

Gaza gets death penalty to halt drug scourge

GAZA (Reuters) - Alarmed by mounting drug abuse and addiction among the cooped-up Palestinians of Gaza, Islamist rulers of the enclave plan to introduce the death penalty for gangs getting rich off smuggled narcotics.

Hisham to monitor maid abuse

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein will personally monitor cases of abuse involving Indonesian maids from now on.

Tsvangirai says progress in Zimbabwe talks

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's two political parties made progress on implementing the conditions of a unity government, Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday.

Sodomy, Part 2 begins next month

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has failed to get a High Court to strike out a sodomy charge against him. His trial has now been set for Jan 25 to Feb 25 next year.