An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of trying to pressure the Kabul government into signing the Biliateral Security Agreement that would keep U.S. and other NATO forces in Afghanistan for 10 or more years beyond the deadline for withdrawal of combat units by the end of next year.

Shortly after the death of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress both released official statements acknowledging what was already well-known among experts: “Comrade” Mandela was indeed a Communist Party leader who served on the Soviet-backed organization’s Central Committee. 

The United States should use tactical nuclear weapons if a preemptive strike is necessary to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) said in an interview on C-Span Wednesday. Any U.S. strike should be a "massive aerial bombing campaign," he added, with no American "boots on the ground."

Revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela died late Thursday, December 5, and presidents, dictators, and the press from around the world are in mourning, but it should be remembered that the U.S. government labeled his group a terrorist group for a reason.

After meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the last two days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “encouraged by the continued commitment of both leaders to the pursuit of peace.”

Hassan al-Laqis, a senior Hezbollah commander, was shot on December 3 outside his home two miles southwest of Beirut, dying a few hours later on December 4. A statement released by Hezbollah said that al-Laqis was killed as he returned home from work around midnight.

With the emerging conflict between the EU and Russia, massive protests rocked the streets of Ukraine, and its capital, Kiev, in recent days.

Iran’s foreign minister, speaking in Kuwait City, extended an open invitation to Saudi Arabia to “work together ... to promote peace and stability in the region.” 

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced on November 28 that Iran has invited his agency to visit the heavy water plant in the central city of Arak. Heavy water is commonly used in plutonium production.

Tehran interprets nuclear agreement differently than White House; Top Democrats and GOP hostile to, or wary of, dangers it unleashes.

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