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Gen. McChrystal: Pakistani Govt Aiding Taliban -- News from Antiwar.com

Gen. McChrystal: Pakistani Govt Aiding Taliban -- News from Antiwar.com: When details about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s heavily redacted assessment of the ongoing war in Afghanistan emerged yesterday, the fact that he accused Iran of having a “troubling” influence in the nation was hardly shocking. Pointing the finger at Iran in official US documents detailing foreign policy failures has become so commonplace as to be nearly cliche.
But Gen. McChrystal’s comments didn’t stop there. The Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Gen. McChrystal also accused the Pakistani government of working to undermine US interests and destablize the Afghan government.The comments were reportedly directly primarily at the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Agency, one of Pakistan’s many spy agencies which the US has long accused of ties with militants.Though the comments were likely never intended for public consumption they are likely to fuel the growing US-Pakistani rift, widened dramatically a…

BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Brown move to cut UK nuclear subs

BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Brown move to cut UK nuclear subs: "The prime minister is to tell the United Nations that he is willing to cut the UK's fleet of Trident missile-carrying submarines from four to three.

Gordon Brown will make the offer at a meeting of the UN Security Council on halting the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing existing stockpiles.

The proposed cuts come as the government searches for ways to reduce the massive deficit in public finances.

However Number 10 said keeping the UK's nuclear missiles was 'non-negotiable'.

At the UN meeting, Mr Brown will call for all nations to come together to achieve the long-term ambition of a nuclear-free world."

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Oil firm 'settles' toxic waste case

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Oil firm 'settles' toxic waste case: "Oil-trading company Trafigura has said it has reached a settlement with 31,000 people in Ivory Coast who claimed they were made ill by toxic waste dumped around the capital, Abidjan.

Under the deal, which sees Trafigura pay the claimants nearly $50m, the alleged victims have accepted that there was no link between the deaths, injuries or miscarriages suffered and exposure to the waste, the company said."

Al Jazeera English - Americas - Honduras agrees to Zelaya talks

Al Jazeera English - Americas - Honduras agrees to Zelaya talks: "The de facto Honduran government has said that it is willing to talk to Manuel Zelaya if the ousted president recognises the legality of presidential elections scheduled for November.

'I will talk with anybody anywhere at any time, including with former President Manuel Zelaya,' Roberto Micheletti, the man who replaced Zelaya, said in a statement read out by a senior aide late on Tuesday.

The concession by the interim government comes amid rising tensions in the standoff between security forces and Zelaya outside the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa, where the ousted leader has taken refuge.

Micheletti had previously said he would not reopen negotiations and insisted that Brazil should hand over Zelaya to 'pay for the crimes he committed', which according to the interim government are corruption and violating the constitution."