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Taliban officials have engaged in periodic, discreet contacts with Afghan and U.S. officials for months, but are unwilling to move to formal peace negotiations until the U.S. agrees to a timetable for the withdrawal of all foreign troops.
Pakistani officials offer behind-the-scenes support and vital intelligence for U.S. drone strikes that target terrorists operating in their territory, even as they denounce such operations in public as a violation of their sovereignty.
At least six of nine software systems the Pentagon is installing to improve longstanding financial management deficiencies are running as much as 12 years late and $6.9 billion over their original cost estimates, according to congressional investigators.
North Korea's military has nominated the third son of ailing leader Kim Jong-il as a delegate to a rare meeting of the ruling party, a South Korean newspaper said, supporting reports he is his father's chosen successor.
An Army general playing a prominent role in readying the military for open gays in the ranks has equated those who resist the plan to racists who opposed racial integration after World War II, according to two service members and a civilian who heard his remarks.
A moderate Islamist group that signed a power- sharing deal with Somalia's government in March to help quell a raging insurgency has withdrawn from the administration, days after the prime minister quit.