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Khadr, now 26, was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan after killing Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a Special Forces medic. He pleaded guilty in a 2010 plea agreement that gave him an eight-year sentence.

He was transferred to Canada over the weekend and sent to a maximum-security prison in Kingston, Ontario, to serve out his sentence.


Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has appointed a longtime adviser who served as secretary-general of the Kuomintang ruling party to serve as his representative in Washington.

King Pu-tsung, 56, replaces Jason Yuan, 70, who now will serve as director of Taiwan’s National Security Council.

The United States and Taiwan have no direct diplomatic relations, but send special representatives to Washington and Taipei to maintain a special arrangement between the two countries.

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