Ref: The Pentagon said it had received a request from the Pakistani government to reduce its presence in the country.
The request came after a raid by US special forces killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in early May.
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Ref: Bangladeshi nationals intending to visit the USA will see a relatively relaxed registration system, as Washington has exempted Dhaka from the necessity of complying with special registration procedure.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is relieving Bangladeshis from compliance with the special registration procedure under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS),” says a DHS notification.
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Ref: A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks.
The US State Department in February 2009 asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security.
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Ref: Barack Obama, the US president, has urged Iraqi leaders involved in a fragile power-sharing deal to aim for an “inclusive government” for the country.
The White House said in a statement on Friday that the president spoke in recent days with Iraqi politicians including Ayad Allawi, head of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, and would be speaking shortly with Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister.
The statement said Obama stressed the need for Allawi, others from Iraqiya and all the winning blocs to hold leadership posts in the new government. Read more →
Ref: The US and Nato have apologised for a recent helicopter attack that killed at least two Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.
Ref: The FBI says it has cracked a major international cyber crime network after more than 90 suspected members of the ring were arrested in the US.
The suspects worked as so-called mules for fraudsters based in Eastern Europe who hacked into US computers to steal around $70m.
More people were detained in Ukraine and the UK, local police said. Read more →
Ref: The Taliban have offered to exchange the body of a US Navy member they said was killed in an ambush two days ago in exchange for insurgent prisoners, an Afghan official said yesterday.
US and Nato officials confirmed that two American Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armoured sports utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. Read more →
Ref: Hillary Clinton: “These measures are not directed at the people of North Korea who have suffered too long”The US will impose new sanctions on North Korea, following the crisis over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
The move was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit to South Korea.
She said the measures would target Pyongyang’s sale and purchase of arms and import of luxury goods, and would help prevent nuclear proliferation.
China has expressed concern over joint US-South Korean naval exercises, saying they could increase tensions. Read more →