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Looks like they will have to have that Afghan presidential runoff election after all, and if you’re listening to Afghanistan’s D.C. ambassador, that should happen in the next two to four weeks and won’t change the result. The Italian government is denying the accusation that Italian forces in Afghanistan bribed Taliban elements and then didn’t ...

Looks like they will have to have that Afghan presidential runoff election after all, and if you’re listening to Afghanistan’s D.C. ambassador, that should happen in the next two to four weeks and won’t change the result.

The Italian government is denying the accusation that Italian forces in Afghanistan bribed Taliban elements and then didn’t tell their French replacements, resulting in the deaths of 10 French soldiers.

The U.S. intelligence community might reconsider the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that concluded Iran halted its pursuit of nuclear weapons in 2003, but no word on whether Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair still believes that Iran has never formed the intent to go that route.

China is making moves to warm up to Iran, placing another hurdle against getting more sanctions against that country.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has endorsed the Goldstone Report, which accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza, throwing another wrench into the Obama administration’s efforts to restart peace negotiations.

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