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Brown, Cameron hit 'amnesty' for illegals

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Conservative Party challenger, David Cameron, on Thursday opposed giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, saying that would send the wrong message to people looking to sneak into Britain.

Wanted: Accurate information on terrorists

Taliban leader Qari Hussain? Killed in January 2008 ... until he appeared at a news conference a few months later in Waziristan.

Al Qaeda official Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri? Annihilated in a drone attack in September ... but still able to give an exclusive interview in October.

Taliban honcho Hakimullah Mehsud? Wiped out in a missile attack in January ... or was he?

Reports on Thursday that Mehsud was only wounded in that U.S. drone attack have prompted questions about the quality of intelligence emerging from Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Ship sinking complicates N. Korea ties

The sinking of a South Korean warship has complicated an already strained relationship with North Korea, according to the U.S. envoy for North Korean human rights issues.

India to get direct access to Headley

Top justice officials from India and the U.S. on Tuesday agreed to work toward providing India direct access to David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani American who had admitted to carrying out reconnaissance ahead of the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Gadhafi: Nuclear summit snub a 'blunder'

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says a U.S. decision not to invite Libya to the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington was a "political blunder" and such treatment will not encourage Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear ambitions.

U.S. says Bhutto accusation 'outrageous'

A retired Pakistani intelligence chief says the U.S. played a role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a charge the U.S. has dismissed as "outrageous."

Britons debate servility to U.S.

A candidate for British prime minister said Thursday that the United Kingdom should not be at the "beck and call" of the United States, as the leaders of Britain's top three political parties clashed in their second televised debate.

Senior official quits Amnesty International

A senior official at Amnesty International quit the human rights group this month after raising an alarm over its ties to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and what she describes as his pro-jihad group.

White House: 'Serious irregularities' in Sudan elections

The Obama administration on Tuesday criticized Sudan's National Elections Commission for failing to prevent problems during last week's elections, saying the process was marred by "serious irregularities."

U.S., Iraqi forces report killing two al Qaeda leaders

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed two al Qaeda leaders this week in what U.S. officials described as a significant blow to the terrorist organization and promptly hailed as an Iraqi success story.

Let me get facts first: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday he will make a decision on whether to take action against Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor for his alleged role in securing an IPL cricket team for his home town Kochi once he returns to New Delhi and has ascertained all the facts.

Chinese firms boost nuclear threats

Unchecked proliferation by Chinese firms has undermined a global effort to keep nuclear and missile technology out of the hands of terrorists.

Al-Qaida chasing nukes: US

The Al-Qaida continues to seek nuclear weapons and has tasked individuals within the group to acquire this technology, according to a US official.

World jittery over security of Pak nukes

The likelihood of Al-Qaida getting its hands on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons keeps many in the US awake despite President Barack Obama’s recent expressions of confidence in the security at these facilities. These concerns are likely to be discussed at the Nuclear Security Summit, which started here on Monday.

World leaders meet to discuss nuclear terrorism

A global summit of world leaders begins in Washington on Monday with the goal of preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Sudanese president likely to be re-elected

Sudanese voting in their first multiparty elections in 24 years on Sunday are expected to re-elect President Omar al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide in Darfur, in part because many of his opponents decided to boycott the vote claiming it had been rigged.

Karzai rhetoric threatens U.S. offensive

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's public accusations of vote-rigging against the West are eroding support among international backers already concerned about rampant corruption in his government and are jeopardizing a major U.S. offensive in the heartland of the Taliban, analysts say.

Double Take

For years, the United States wished away the Lashkar-e-Toiba as an Indian concern, erroneously believing that the militant group based in Pakistan lacked the capability and ambition to launch minatory attacks thousands of miles away. But, in a belated awakening, Washington is now gradually realising that the Lashkar poses a mortal threat to its interests as well.

US confident of India passing N-liability Bill

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struggles with opposition in India over nuclear liability legislation, a US official has said it is up to the Singh government to figure out a way forward, but that he is confident about the commitment in New Delhi to pass the Bill.