US general sought greater powers in Afghanistan before exit

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, March 12 : The US general who until last week commanded the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan said he recommended broader scope for US military activity as the country fends off a resilient Taliban insurgency. Army General John Campbell declined to disclose the specific powers he requested from President Barack Obama’s administration […]

Group that hounded Dalai Lama disbands after Reuters exposes Chinese backing

By David Lague and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, March 12 : The Buddhist group leading a global campaign of harrassment against the Dalai Lama has called off its demonstrations and disbanded, according to a statement on its website. The announcement comes after a Reuters investigation revealed in December that China’s ruling Communist Party backs the Buddhist […]

US, at UN, to raise Iran’s “dangerous” missile tests

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 12 : The United States will raise during UN Security Council consultations next week the issue of Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches and is urging countries to cooperate on undermining Tehran’s missile program, the US envoy to the United Nations said. “We will raise these dangerous launches directly at […]

Myanmar military chooses hardliner to work with Suu Kyi’s proxy president

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, March 11 : Myanmar’s military nominated a former junta stalwart who remains on a US sanctions list as its choice for vice president today, pointing to battles ahead for National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her hand-picked president. Myanmar’s first democratically elected […]