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Haqqani network 'ready to enter peace talks with US if Mullah Omar approves'
The Haqqani network, responsible for a series of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, is prepared to enter talks with the United States if sanctioned by the head of the Taliban, according to a senior commander.
He added that the Haqqanis, a militia operating as a branch of the Afghan Taliban, would keep up pressure on international forces to leave.
Peace talks between the US and the Taliban have stalled over the issue of a prisoner exchange, described by insurgent negotiators as a crucial confidence building gesture.
China’s Next Leaders Inherit Economy at Critical Crossroad
China's leaders have renewed pledges to boost the economy over the next 10 years during meetings this week in Beijing. But the economic challenges China's incoming leaders face are much more difficult than the challenges their predecessors faced a decade ago.
China’s aspirations for its economy over the next decade have come up repeatedly at the National Party Congress, in discussions on the sidelines of the meeting and in state media’s coverage of the event. It also figured prominently in the opening speech of outgoing President Hu Jintao.
In his address, Hu mentioned the economy 104 times in a wide range of contexts. Economic development was mentioned more than a dozen times, as was former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s catchphrase "gaige kaifang," or, "reform and opening up."
Workers exhuming Yasser Arafat's body in probe of death
Work began Tuesday to exhume the body of Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat amid an investigation of his 2004 death.
The exhumation process, which started with the removal of the mausoleum's glass and its marble tombstone, could take up to two weeks due to the delicate work that needs to be done by hand, a Palestinian source said.
The exhumation comes after French authorities opened a murder inquiry into his death this year after high levels of a radioactive substance were found on some of his personal belongings.
Ohio Prepares to Execute Killer Who Stabbed Woman
Ohio prepared to execute a condemned killer Tuesday who claims he is innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands.
Death row inmate Brett Hartman has acknowledged he had sex with Winda Snipes early on the morning of Sept. 9, 1997 at her Akron apartment. He also says he went back to Snipes' apartment later that day, found her mutilated body and panicked, trying to clean up the mess before calling 911.
But Hartman said he didn't kill her, a claim rejected by numerous courts over the years.
Secede from US? 'We the People' gets 22 secession petitions
Louisiana was the first of 22 states to petition for secession after President Barack Obama's re-election.
Less than 24 hours after President Obama won re-election, Louisiana was the first of 22-states to petition the government for secession -- again.
More than 13,000 have signed it.
Tulsa dad arrested after toddler found in cage
A Tulsa man was arrested after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage, his naked 4-year old daughter outside on a cold afternoon and him asleep in a drug or alcohol "induced stupor," police said Monday.
A neighbor called police after finding the older child outside the family's home and getting no response when he knocked on the door around 4 p.m. Sunday, as temperatures dropped to the low 40s. Officers' knocks also went unanswered, "then one of the officers looked inside and saw a small child in a dog cage," Tulsa police spokesman Officer Leland Ashley said.
Jindal: End 'dumbed-down conservatism'
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.
In his first interview since his party’s electoral thumping last week, Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.
Study: Flu, fever in pregnancy linked to autism risk
In a study that's already being greeted with notes of caution, Danish researchers report that children whose mothers had the flu or ran a fever lasting more than a week during pregnancy had an increased risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.
U.S. health officials stress that the new study, out in today's Pediatrics, is "exploratory" and does not offer a specific cause of the developmental disability.
The study analyzed data collected from 97,000 mothers of children born from 1997 through 2003. It found no association between mothers who reported common respiratory or sinus infections, common colds, urinary tract or genital infections, during pregnancy and autism in their offspring.
NASCAR's True Motivations Shine Through In Brad Keselowski Fine
NASCAR cracked down hard on a handful of high-profile names after Sunday's race-ending brawl in the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jeff Gordon received a $100,000 fine and loss of 25 points for wrecking Clint Bowyer, while Alan Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief, and Brian Pattie, Bowyer's crew chief, were fined $25,000 apiece for failing to restrain their crews from brawling.
But also buried in NASCAR's fine announcement was a $25,000 slap on the wrist for new championship leader Brad Keselowski for carrying his cell phone in his race car, a penalty that flew in the face of previous NASCAR statements and suggested that maybe he wasn't being penalized for having his phone.