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Niger Issues Arrest Warrant for Opposition Leader

Niger has issued arrest warrants for two prominent members of the opposition, including the president's main-rival Mahamadou Issoufou, who has returned to Niger to face charges.  Just weeks after Niger went ahead with legislative elections boycotted by the opposition, the government has issued arrest warrants for two prominent opposition leaders.  Mahamadou Issoufou and Hama Amadou are accused of money-laundering while traveling abroad. Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, has returned to Niger to fight the charges. Issoufou made a sho

Pakistan Foreign Minister: Offensive 'Very Successful'

Pakistan's foreign minister says his country's military is likely to uproot Taliban militants hiding in the mountains along the Afghan border by late December.  Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday in Malaysia that Pakistan's offensive in South Waziristan has been "very successful" and has the Taliban fighters "on the run."  He spoke on the sidelines of a conference for developing Islamic countries. Pakistan's army says its forces killed nine terrorists and apprehended two others in the last 24 hours of the offensive.  It says two soldiers died in the fighting.  The mil

Russian Military Plane Crashes, 11 Dead

Russian authorities say a heavy-lift military cargo plane has crashed on takeoff in eastern Siberia, killing all 11 people on board. Investigators say the huge four-engine Ilyushin IL-76 had just taken off Sunday from Mirny, in the Yakutia region, when it rolled at an altitude of about 20 meters, crashed, and burst into flames. The plane, bound for the Siberian city of Irkutsk, went down in an open field about two kilometers from the runway. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Australia to Beef Up Military as Regional Defense Dynamics Shift

Australia plans an overhaul of its armed forces in preparation for a more volatile Asia-Pacific region caused by the United States' fading dominance and China's rise.