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Checkpoint Washington: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Iranian president: 9/11 was a U.S. conspiracy

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a highly provocative U.N. speech Thursday suggesting that elements within the U.S. government may have orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to justify military aggression on behalf of Israel in the region.

By Colum Lynch  | September 23, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
 
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At the U.N., Obama's risky bet on the Middle East

UNITED NATIONS--President Obama's passionate plea before the U.N. General Assembly on behalf of Middle East peace may have been a risky bet. The president's statement was unusual both for its length and for the evident emotion he gave in his...

By Glenn Kessler  | September 23, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Israel: No disrespect intended

President Obama devoted an unusually long portion of his U.N. General Assembly speech -- 10 thick paragraphs -- to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But as eyes in the chamber turned to the Israeli delegation's chair, many noticed that it was empty....

By Glenn Kessler  | September 23, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Clinton urges Japan and China to end dispute

By Glenn Kessler UNITED NATIONS--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Japan and China on Thursday to agressively resolve their increasingly bitter martime dispute before it affects regional stability, her spokesman said. Clinton made the plea in a meeting with...

By Glenn Kessler  | September 23, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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29 Afghan women break barrier, become army officers

Twenty-nine women have graduated from the Afghan National Army's officer candidate school -- the first women to do so -- and taken up positions in finance and logistics at the Afghan Defense Ministry, according to officials who helped supervise their training.

By Walter Pincus  | September 22, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Amid diplomatic speed-dating, Clinton pitches 'clean stoves'

Clinton took time out of her day to pitch a new initiative: clean cook stoves.

By Glenn Kessler  | September 21, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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