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Analysis: NATO Airstrike Civilian Casualties

International Security Assistance Force

Ten election workers have been killed by a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan on the eve of a visit by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Analysis: Mid-East Peace Talks

Middle East Leaders Meet With Obama Ahead Of Peace Talks

The killing of four Israeli settlers near Hebron on the eve of a new round of peace talks in Washington has shifted the likeliness of forward progress in the peace process from ‘not likely’ to ‘not going to happen.’

Analysis: Maliki Declares Independence

U.S. Vice President Biden meets with Iraq's President Talabani in Baghdad

Just hours before an official end to US combat operations in Iraq, President Nouri Maliki used a major speech to declare that Iraq is now independent and its security forces are up to the task of keeping order.

Analysis: US Housing Market

Tim Geithner

Grim figures out of the housing market in the United States emerged yesterday. According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of existing homes dropped 27.2 percent in July to reach their lowest level in ten years.

Analysis: al-Shabab Offensive in Somalia

wounded civilian

Al-Shabab’s latest attack displays a level of planning and execution that doesn’t bode well for the AU-backed transitional government in Mogadishu.

Legalization the Next Step in Mexico?

A resident lights a candle on the steps of a church in memory of Edelmiro Cavazos, mayor of the tourist town of Santiago

The appearance of four bodies hanging from a bridge in Cuernavaca serves as a grim reminder that Mexico’s drug war is far from over.

Analysis: Xinjiang Explosion

Chinese security forces chase off protesters during a demonstration at the centre of Urumqi

An explosion in China’s restive Xinjiang province has once again raised fears of a repeat of last July’s violent riots.

Analysis: Last US Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq

US leaves Iraq for Kuwait

The last US combat brigade has crossed over from Iraq into Kuwait, but many questions still remain over the role of troops left behind and the stability of the Iraqi government going forward.

Analysis: DoD Report on Chinese Military Power

File photo of tanks rumbling pass Tiananmen Square in a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing

The US Department of Defense has submitted its annual report on Chinese military power to Congress.

Analysis: Japan’s Economic Recovery Sputters

Share Price Board in Tokyo Japan

Japan received two pieces of bad news this month: its quarterly GDP grew at the tepid rate of 0.1 percent, and it has been overtaken by China as the second largest economy in the world.

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