- - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

EUROPEAN UNION

Report: Afghanistan war effort failing

BRUSSELS | Military intervention in Afghanistan by members of the international community has failed, and it’s time to start looking at an exit strategy, a European Union report said.

Members of the European Parliament in a report on the conflict in Afghanistan blame coalition forces for “miscalculating their options.” The report said it’s time to recognize that military intervention in Afghanistan has failed and contributed to the overall decline in security there.


“The EU strategy for Afghanistan needs a radical rethink,” parliamentarians said in a statement.

EU members and their allies must recognize military means aren’t helping. Coalition forces, the report said, are increasingly viewed as an occupying power while the current military strategy woefully misreads the situation in the country.

UNITED NATIONS

Iran loses bid for women’s agency

Iran suffered a humiliating defeat Wednesday in its bid to secure a seat on the board of a new U.N. women’s agency after the United States and its allies campaigned against the Islamic republic.

Other states that have been criticized by rights groups for their treatment of women, such as Saudi Arabia, where women are forbidden from driving, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where rape is commonplace in the country’s violent east, faced no U.S. opposition and won seats on the agency’s board.

Iran was one of 10 candidates for the 10 slots on the 41-nation board allotted to Asian countries. The candidate list had been agreed and endorsed beforehand by the caucus of nations known as the Asia Group.

IRELAND

Irish bonds sink as debt fears grow

DUBLIN | Anxiety over heavy government debts in Europe flared up again Wednesday as investors questioned whether Ireland, Greece and Portugal can cut their budget deficits without choking off desperately needed economic growth.

Markets were increasingly betting that Ireland might be next in line for a massive financial bailout from its partners in the euro currency, after Greece’s $153 billion rescue from the brink of bankruptcy in May.

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