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Iraq rejects immunity for U.S. troops after 2011

        

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s political leaders have announced that they have agreed on the need to keep U.S. military trainers in Iraq next year, but they declared that any remaining troops should not be granted immunity from Iraqi law, a point the United States has said would be a deal breaker. The statement, issued Tuesday as the political leaders emerged from a meeting in the presidential compound, sent mixed signals as U.S. ofďŹ cials and the Iraqi Cabinet negotiate whether any troops will remain after the ďŹ rst of the year, when the forces are scheduled to depart. U.S. ofďŹ cials were scrambling to decipher the announcement. Less than three months before the last troops are scheduled to leave — close to 40,000 members of the military are in the country — U.S. ofďŹ cials are increasingly frustrated at the slow pace of the discussions. The United States has called for a prompt decision, noting the logistical hurdles of moving ahead on a withdrawal while making contingency plans to leave some troops behind. The meeting of Iraq’s political leadership, which concluded around 10 p.m., was attended by Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki; President Jalal Talabani; al Maliki’s chief rival, Ayad Allawi; and several other high-ranking ofďŹ cials. Ali al Dabbagh, the government spokesman, issued a statement saying the leaders had agreed that there was “no need to grant immunity to trainers,â€? rather ambiguous phrasing for a deal-breaking demand. The spokesman for Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc, Maysoon al Damluji, said the leaders had pressed al Maliki for his stance on granting the troops immunity. “Eventually,â€? al Damluji said, “we agreed on the necessity of having American training troops, and we agreed to not grant them immunity.â€? Al Dabbagh, the government spokesman, said any training from the United States should help Iraq maintain the security of its borders, waterways and airspace, which U.S. military leaders have said the Iraqis need help protecting. An ofďŹ cial for the U.S. Embassy in Iraq said the United States was reviewing the statement and “appreciate the democratic spirit displayed by Iraqi leaders in debating this important subject.â€? The issue is far from settled and will most likely be subject to further behind-the-scenes negotiations in )

    

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SAN JUAN — The discrepancies in the Puerto Rico police logs were hard to miss. Burglaries, including stolen plasma televisions and jewelry, were coded as mere breaking and entering. Large-scale thefts of telephone company cables were labeled

  

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KABUL — Pakistan-based assailants plotted to kill President Hamid Karzai but were thwarted, Afghanistan’s intelligence service said Wednesday. The foiled plot resulted in half a dozen arrests, including one of Karzai’s bodyguards, said Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate for Security. Mashal said the assassination ring included several university students and professors. One of

the masterminds was an Arab national who had traveled to neighboring Pakistan, he said. In addition to the plan to kill Karzai, the group planned attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, and potentially in the United States and Europe, the spokesman said. Mashal said the suspects had confessed. He described them as being afďŹ liated with al Qaeda — one of a number of insurgent groups battling Western forces and the Afghan government. Relations between Pakistan

and Karzai’s government have been extremely tense after last month’s assassination of the Afghan government’s chief peace negotiator, Burhanuddin Rabbani. Afghan intelligence ofďŹ cials have said the killer was a Pakistani national and have accused Pakistan of impeding the investigation. Karzai stopped short of accusing the Islamabad government of being behind Rabbani’s assassination, but said Pakistan has failed to act decisively against insurgent groups that use its soil as a base of operations.

Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, has also come under suspicion of involvement in last month’s attack on the U.S. Embassy, carried out by ďŹ ghters from the Haqqani network, another insurgent group. In a 20-hour siege, a team of gunmen and suicide bombers ďŹ red on the heavily fortiďŹ ed embassy compound. More than a dozen Afghans were killed in the strike, but there were no U.S. fatalities. Pakistan’s government has denied involvement in the embassy attack.

     

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SANTIAGO — Camila Vallejo handles a microphone as if she were born with it, rallying huge demonstrations for education reform that only seem to grow bigger each time police turn up with tear gas and water cannons. Speaking at length without notes before tens of thousands of people, or holding her own with

leading ďŹ gures of Chile’s political establishment, the 23-year-old geography student has become the public face of a movement that has repeatedly forced Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera to make concessions. Finally, after ďŹ ve months leading the biggest marches in two decades of Chilean democracy, the students have begun face-toface talks with the government

property damage. After months spent investigating, it was clear to Norman O. Torrens, an internal affairs agent for the Puerto Rico Police Department, that scores of felony crimes in Vega Alta in the north were being intentionally recorded

as misdemeanors. The result was that these crimes were not counted in statistics released by the police department to support its )  

     

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Plot to assassinate Karzai foiled, Kabul says

      

     

   

RUSSIA, CHINA BLOCK U.N. RESOLUTION CONDEMNING SYRIA, 6A

BATTERED BY CRISIS, GREEKS TURN TO BARTER NETWORKS, BUSINESS FRONT

over their demands for profound changes in what they say is the country’s unequal and underfunded public school system. Wednesday’s closed-door session focuses on removing taxpayer support for private institutions, and using the money instead to make public universities free to all — a demand Pinera had refused to even discuss. The president still shows no

sign of bending — “nothing is free in life,â€? he says — increasing the pressure on the student leaders like never before. Failure to reach agreement quickly could prompt uglier and more violent confrontations, which could turn Chile’s 17 million people against the movement. Without clear results, the )  

             

  

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ing phenomenon: information that is public but classiďŹ ed. The older and larger drone program in Pakistan, for instance, is a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy, discussed daily in the news media — but it cannot be mentioned at a public congressional hearing. The State Department cables published by WikiLeaks can be found on the Web with a few mouse clicks and have affected relations with dozens of countries — but U.S. ofďŹ cials cannot publicly discuss them. Underlying these paradoxes is a problem that government ofďŹ cials, notably including Obama, have

WASHINGTON — Speaking hours after the world learned that a CIA drone strike had killed Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen, U.S. President Barack Obama could still not say the words “droneâ€? or “CIA.â€? That’s classiďŹ ed. Instead, in an appearance at a Virginia military base just before midday Friday, the president said that al Awlaki, the U.S. cleric who had joined al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, “was killedâ€? and that this “signiďŹ cant milestoneâ€? was “a tribute to our intelligence community.â€? The president’s careful language was the latest reection of a grow- )  

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