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  • ** FILE ** In this June 27, 2006, photo, reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. military guards walk within the Camp Delta military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo agree to transfer

    Five top Taliban leaders held by the U.S. in the Guantanamo Bay military prison told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree to a proposed transfer to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, opening the door for a possible move aimed at bringing the Taliban into peace talks, Afghan officials said Saturday.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meets with Kofi Annan, the United Nations special envoy to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday March 10, 2012. The state-run news agency SANA reported that talks between Assad and Annan were "positive" but there were no further details on the meeting. Syrian troops pushed ahead with a new assault on the northern region of Idlib on Saturday, shelling one of the centers of the uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule and sending families fleeing for safety as armed rebels tried to fend off the attack. Thick black smoke billowed into the sky. (AP Photo/SANA)

    U.S. officials: Loyal army, inner circle back Assad

    Despite the Obama administration's predictions that the Syrian government's days are numbered, recent U.S. intelligence reports suggest President Bashar Assad commands a formidable army that is unlikely to turn on him, an inner circle that has stayed loyal and an elite class that still supports his rule.

  • Protestors attend Friday prayers during a rally demanding the trial of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Pentagon aims to resume military help for Yemen

    The Pentagon plans to resume programs that would pay for military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after halting aid to the key counterterrorism partner because of escalating internal chaos.

  • **FILE** Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun attends a news conference in Paris on March 1, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Syria opposition chief rejects talks

    The leader of Syria's main opposition group rejected calls Friday by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad's government, saying such talks are pointless and unrealistic as long as the regime massacres its own people.

  • Joseph Kony, seen in 2006, is leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel militia that is blamed for tens of thousands of rapes, mutilations and killings over the past 26 years. U.S. Special Forces troops are helping hunt the LRA. (Associated Press)

    Anti-Kony video campaign draws criticism in Uganda

    The wildly successful viral video campaign to raise global awareness of a brutal Central Africa rebel leader is attracting criticism from Ugandans, some who said Friday that the 30-minute video misrepresents the complicated history of Africa's longest-running conflict.

  • Illustration by Donna Grethen

    GRAHAM: GOP concern over Iran isn't 'casual'

    President Obama says Republicans are engaging in "casual" talk about war with Iran. Actually, Mr. President, it's not casual talk, it's frustration. It was extremely frustrating for us to see the Obama administration try to water down sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran. The Senate forced the issue with a unanimous 100-0, vote, and the administration responded by seeking waivers to lessen the blow.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: All of Middle East threatened by Iran

    While Hezbollah, Hamas and Fatah are all seeking the demise of Israel, they should listen to the adage, "Be careful of what you wish for" ("Hamas will sit out if Israel and Iran go to war," Web, Tuesday).

  • **FILE** Afghan detainees, seen through a mesh wire fence, prepare for noon prayers on March 23, 2011, inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

    Afghanistan, U.S. sign deal on prison handover

    The U.S. military signed a last-minute agreement Friday to transfer its main detention center in the country to Afghan control in six months — a key step toward a long-term pact on U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

  • Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping reviews the troops during a full honors ceremony on Feb. 14, 2012, at the Pentagon in Arlington. (Associated Press)

    Report: U.S. forces vulnerable to Chinese cyberattack

    In a future war with the United States, China likely would first use cyberweapons to attack computer networks of U.S. forces in the Pacific rather than strike with conventional arms, according to a congressional report Thursday.

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