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Nato allies split over Washington’s call for more troops

The US administration has declared that it expects “significant new commitments” on Afghanistan from its European partners in Nato before the organisation’s April summit. But a meeting of defence ministers in Krakow has underlined serious differences between the allies on a war they are far from winning.

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Obama moves swiftly on Guantanamo

The US moved today to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials, filing motions to suspend proceedings for 120 days until President Barack Obama's administration completes a review of the system for prosecuting suspected terrorists.

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When he walks into the Oval office as President for the first time this morning, Barack Obama will already have received an intelligence briefing on threats around the world. But with bodies still being pulled from the rubble of Gaza after three weeks of war and the truce between Israel and Hamas still fragile, one of his first presidential acts is expected to be the appointment of George Mitchell as his Middle East envoy.

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Leading article: Obama's green machine

The latest appointments to Barack Obama's administration are significant for a host of reasons. But perhaps most significant is what they tell us about the environmental priorities of the incoming American President: Mr Obama is deadly serious about facing up to the challenge of climate change.

Leading article: Strength and experience

As with the economic appointments last week, so with his foreign affairs and security appointments yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama has gone for a mix of weight, experience and an ability to work across the partisan divide. Mrs Clinton, the most high profile of the choices so far, touches all these buttons. She has authority, experience of the world at large and an ability shown as junior senator for New York to co-operate with opponents in the House.

UK aerospace workers celebrate Obama's reappointment of Gates

Hopes raised that contracts for US military will not stall as Bush's Defense Secretary keeps his job

Robert Gates: To succeed in Afghanistan will require much more than just guns

The long reach of violent extremism – emanating from failed and failing states, from ungoverned spaces – brought America and our allies to Afghanistan. That country has become the laboratory for what I have been talking about for the past year – how to apply and fully integrate the full range of instruments of national power and international co-operation to protect our vital interests.

US: Taliban can be beaten

Britain's military commander and ambassador in Afghanistan are being "defeatist" by thinking the war against the Taliban cannot be won, the US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, said as Washington sought more troops for the conflict.

Call for more Afghan troops

British commander says 4,000 more soldiers needed on Helmand front line

Britain to put more troops in Afghanistan

Britain will send more troops to Afghanistan as the strength of the international force in the country is boosted to counter rising violence, the US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, said yesterday.

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