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US aid to Pakistan in America’s own security interests: Husain Haqqani

US aid to Pakistan in America’s own security interests: Husain HaqqaniWashington, April 30: The United States' financial assistance to Pakistan is in its own security interests, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said.

"American aid to Pakistan is a means to ensuring American security," the Dawn quoted Haqqani, as telling CNN.

"The 9/11 incident happened because America turned its back on Pakistan and Afghanistan, ignored what was happening there. Al Qaeda found a home in Afghanistan. So right now, it is not the time to cut assistance to either Pakistan or Afghanistan," he added.


Af-Pak-US meeting slated for May 3 in Islamabad: Husain Haqqani

Af-Pak-US meeting slated for May 3 in Islamabad: Husain HaqqaniWashington, April 30: Trilateral talks between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States will be held on May 3 in Islamabad, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said.

He also rejected the assertions made in a recent The Wall Street Journal report, which said that Islamabad was urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to dump the United States, and instead team up with Pakistan for a solution to the decade-old conflict in Afghanistan.


Petraeus to commence third US ‘war’ in Pakistan as CIA chief: Report

Petraeus to commence third US ‘war’ in Pakistan as CIA chief: ReportWashington, April 30: General David H. Petraeus, who has served as commander in two wars launched by the United States after the 9/11 attacks, would effectively take command of a third- in Pakistan, a US newspaper has said.


Insurgents still being supported by sanctuaries, logistics originating in Pak: Pentagon

Insurgents still being supported by sanctuaries, logistics originating in Pak: PentagonWashington, April 30: The insurgency in Afghanistan continues to enjoy sanctuary in the Pakistan border region, from where they can regenerate insurgent command and control and operational capacity, and Islamabad needs to do more to eliminate the safe terrorist havens, a US report has said.

"Insurgent capacity continues to be supported by sanctuaries and logistical support originating in Pakistan, and insurgents will likely retain operational momentum in areas where these support structures exist," the Department of Defense said in a report.


Obama birth controversy row, a debasing low in US political life: NYT

Obama birth controversy row, a debasing low in US political life: NYTWashington, Apr. 28 : The demand that President Barack Obama prove he is an American citizen by birth and was, therefore, a rightful occupant of the White House, must be seen as a profoundly low and debasing moment in American political life, the New York Times reports.

Disbelief fairly dripped from Obama as he stood at the West Wing lectern on Wednesday.

People are out of work, American soldiers are dying overseas and here were cameras to record him stating that he was born in a Hawaii hospital.


Criticism over Obama family interview due to jealousy: Maria Menounos

Menounos, the first and the last journalist to interview the entire Obama family, disclosed the information to FOX411’s Pop Tarts column during the promotion of her new book ‘The Every Girl''s Guide to Life’.

“I think they (the critics) were all slightly jealous, first of all. I’ve never said that before but it’s true! There were a lot of people who were upset that someone like me, an entertainment reporter, got the biggest interview,” she said.

“I think what they (the Obama family) did with that interview was exactly what needed to be accomplished. Sometimes you have to show people who you are, and I think we showed who they are as a family in a very fair way,” she added.


Obama birther controversy filled four percent of US news coverage

 Obama birther controversy filled four percent of US news coverage New York, Apr. 28: A recent study of news coverage shows that top media organizations have been devoting relatively little time to the so-called "birther" issue.

The Pew Research Center''s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which produces a weekly analysis of news coverage, found that during the week of April 11-17, Obama and the "birther" issue filled a mere four percent of the news coverage.


Obama confirms he is American by birth

Obama confirms he is American by birthWashington, Apr. 28 : The White House’s move to unseal, and release, Barack Obama’s birth certificate came after polls indicated a growing number of Americans doubting that basic fact.

A USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday showed that just 38 percent believe that Obama was “definitely” born in the United States, with 18 percent saying he “probably” was.

As the long-form birth certificate disgorged by Hawaii authorities and released by the White House demonstrates once and for all, this is complete nonsense.

The “birther” delusion would be laughable if it were not so widespread and if it did not carry with it the unmistakable whiff of racism.


Obama’s birth certificate would not end ‘birther’ controversy: Critics

Obama’s birth certificate would not end ‘birther’ controversy: CriticsWashington, Apr 28 : United States President Barack Obama’s release of his birth certificate does little to end to the ‘birther’ controversy which has pestered him since he began running for the White House, critics have said.

Obama had released the birth certificate on Wednesday, saying the country should focus on more important issues.

However, Joseph Farah, editor in chief of WorldNetDaily and birther extraordinaire, said: “It raises far more questions than it answers.”

Farah’s online publication has run hundreds of articles over the past couple of years questioning Obama’s citizenship.


Is Panetta Obama''''s right choice for US Defense Secretary?

 Is Panetta Obama''''s right choice for US Defense Secretary?Washington, Apr. 28: Among President Barack Obama’s greatest national security challenges has been deciding who will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

According to the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), coming to that decision has involved a delicate confluence of considerations.

Who is suitably steeped in defense policy matters? Who will have credibility both with the White House and within the halls of the Pentagon? And equally important, how will a new Defense secretary affect the balance of power within Obama’s cabinet?


Media gave little time to ‘birther’ issue: Study

Washington, Apr 28: Top media organizations devoted little time to the so-called "birther" issue, according to a study.

President Barack Obama, released his long-form birth certificate saying that the issue was distracting attention from other important issues of the country, but recent Pew Research Center''s analysis of news coverage shows that ‘birther’ issuue was not dominant.

According to Fox News, the study found that during the week of April 11-17, Obama and the "birther" issue filled a mere 4 percent of the news coverage.

This amounted to far less coverage than that dedicated to other issues, such as the 40 percent devoted to the economy, despite Donald Trump making an issue out of Obama''s birth certificate in numerous interviews.


FBI agents lack necessary skills to investigate cyber espionage cases: Report

FBI agents lack necessary skills to investigate cyber espionage cases: Report Washington, Apr 28: A U. S. Justice Department report has found that many agents attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s elite cyber unit lack the skills to investigate cases of cyberespionage and other computerized attacks.

According to the report, the US recorded 5,499 known intrusions into its government computer systems in 2008 alone – a 40 percent jump from 2007.

Investigating these cases falls largely on the FBI’s National Cyber Investigative Joint Task force, which also includes representatives from 18 different intelligence agencies.


Even Republicans feel Trump has very little chances of reaching White House

Even Republicans feel Trump has very little chances of reaching White HouseWashington, Apr 27: Potential Republican candidate Donald Trump has very little chances of winning the 2012 presidential elections, according to a poll.

According to a Gallup survey, nearly 64 percent of general election voters, including 46 percent of Republican voters, would "definitely not vote" for Trump.

That was the second-worst showing by any potential Republican candidate, after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who 65 percent of the voters said they would not consider voting for.


Obama likely to announce changes in national security team this week

Obama likely to announce changes in national security team this weekWashington, Apr 27: US President Barack Obama is expected to announce changes in his national security team, including the ambassador to Afghanistan, this week.

The Washington Post quoted administration officials familiar with internal deliberations as saying that around four high-level appointments could be announced by Thursday, including a replacement for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

Senior congressional aides said the administration has not informed national-security-related committees of any firm decisions yet.


Gilani urges Karzai to dump US, team up with Pakistan, China: Report

Gilani urges Karzai to dump US, team up with Pakistan, China: ReportWashington, April 27: Pakistan is lobbying Afghan President Hamid Karzai against building a long-term strategic partnership with the United States, and urging him instead to look to Pakistan and its ally, China, for help in striking a peace deal with the Taliban and rebuilding the economy, according to Afghan officials.

Afghan sources said that the pitch was made at an April 16 meeting in Kabul by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who bluntly told Karzai that the Americans had failed them both, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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