Ukrainians rallied today as the opposition seeks to bring 1 million people onto the streets to crank up the pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych after his U-turn away from a European integration accord.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today and said he has no intention of meeting with President Hamid Karzai, who has resisted signing a security agreement to extend the U.S.’s military presence past 2014.
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, approved payments to a Ministry of Defence employee for a series of stories, including the death of Prince William’s commanding officer in Afghanistan, prosecutors said.
Contradicting a White House statement last month, the top U.S. military official said Afghan President Hamid Karzai can continue to delay signing an agreement on a post-2014 U.S. military presence until as late as June.
The U.S. inspector general for Afghanistan objected to the finding of a military investigation that there was no wrongdoing in a decision to keep building a regional headquarters that commanders in the war zone said they didn’t need or want.
NATO pushed Afghanistan to agree to a scaled-back international troop presence after the withdrawal of all combat forces at the end of 2014, warning that the alternative would be a complete pullout that leaves the country at the mercy of a reinvigorated Taliban.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai can designate someone to sign the accord for U.S. forces to remain in his country after 2014 if he doesn’t want to put his own name on it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.