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Checkpoint Washington: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

U.S. seeks to develop mobile news service in Afghanistan

In the never-ending attempt by U.S. officials to manage the news business in Afghanistan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has come up with a new twist: a mobile phone service that would supply subscribers with free customized, daily...

By Walter Pincus  | July 30, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama administration unveils strategy for meeting global poverty goals

The Obama administration is rolling out its strategy for meeting the Milennium Development goals, eight commitments by U.N. members to dramatically reduce global poverty by the year 2015. The strategy was unveiled at a meeting Friday at the United Nations...

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | July 30, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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State still vulnerable to passport fraud, GAO finds

The Government Accountability Office recently submitted seven obviously fraudulent passport applications to the State Department to test whether any would be spotted by State Department employees. State ended up issuing five genuine passports, though at the last minute it managed...

By Glenn Kessler  | July 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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U.S. reveals Manas payments in Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. embassy in Bishkek has disclosed its payments to the Kyrgyzstan government for the year so far, as well as funds spent directly for use of the Manas Air Base near Bishek, which plays a key role in support of the fighting in Afghanistan.

By Walter Pincus  | July 28, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kerry changes tack on WikiLeaks documents

Sen. John Kerry, whose windsurfing came to symbolize his tendency to modify his positions on key issues, has trimmed his sails over the significance of the recent leak of some 92,000 U.S. military documents on the Afghan war.

By Ellen Nakashima  | July 27, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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A letter from Omar Khadr, Guantanamo Bay detainee

A Canadian lawyer for Omar Khadr, the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has released one of his letters, providing a glimpse into the thinking of one of the most high-profile inmates there in advance of his August military commission trial on murder and war crimes charges.

By Peter Finn  | July 27, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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State Department says it did not back Lockerbie bomber's release

The State Department rarely releases its correspondence with other governments. But it did just that on Monday to counter a report that it was engaged in "double-talk" about Scotland's release of a Libyan convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | July 26, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Wikileaks' Afghanistan War Log vs. the Pentagon Papers

Unlike the Pentagon Papers, there are no high-level documents in the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs that raise basic questions about the credibility of Presidents Obama and George W. Bush and their top advisors.

By Walter Pincus  | July 26, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Julian Assange of Wikileaks: why he published the documents

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, discusses why he published nearly 92,000 documents relating to the conduct of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | July 26, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Kerry statement on Wikileaks could raise alarm bells

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and generally a strong supporter of the Obama administration, sent a signal Sunday night that the Wikileaks disclosure of 92,000 classified documents on the Afghan war could have political consequences for the president.

By Glenn Kessler  | July 26, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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