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Top CIA officer in Afghanistan mistakenly named by White House: report

The White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters on Sunday, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper said the official, identified as "Chief of Station" in Kabul, was named as being among those at a briefing with Obama during the president's trip to Bagram Air Base near the Afghan capital. The list of names was sent by email to reporters traveling with Obama on his surprise Afghanistan visit and included in a "pool report" shared with correspondents and others not on the trip. The Post said the White House issued a revised list deleting the CIA official's name after it recognized the mistake.


Tiananmen protest leader haunted by ghosts, 25 years on

A quarter of a century after Communist authorities crushed the Tiananmen Square demonstrators and their hopes of reform, protest leader Wuer Kaixi still lies awake at night, haunted by the dead and their unrealised dreams. But after seven weeks in the square their aspirations were abruptly shattered by an overnight military crackdown that ended on June 4, 1989, leaving hundreds of people dead -- by some estimates, more than 1,000 -- and a ruling party hell-bent on preventing any future such challenges to its power. "During the time it did seem quite promising that the Chinese authorities may yield, may actually answer to our call for Chinese political reform," said Wuer, then a charismatic 21-year-old activist, who became number two on the government's most-wanted list of student leaders. Students began to pour into Tiananmen Square.


Mexico's Zapatista rebel leader Marcos steps down

Comitan (Mexico) (AFP) - Subcomandante Marcos, the mysterious masked leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels, bowed out as chief of the 20-year-old movement in what he described vaguely as "internal changes." Marcos made the announcement one day after making his first public appearance in five years in the southern state of Chiapas, attending a ceremony for a fallen comrade while puffing on his trademark pipe and wearing an eye patch. "At 2:08 am on May 25, 2014, at the southwestern combat front of the EZLN, I declare that the one known as Insurgent Subcommander Marcos no longer exists," he said in a 10-page statement. "The voice of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) will no longer come from my voice," Marcos said.


Thai army chief to receive royal nod as junta head

Thailand's coup leader will receive royal appointment on Monday as head of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government, the army said. Army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power four days earlier and has assumed extensive powers over the Southeast Asian nation of 67 million, will formally be appointed in a ceremony in Bangkok. The monarchy headed by the revered but ailing king, 86-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej, commands great respect among many Thais. "The ceremony to receive the royal command appointing General Prayut as leader of the National Council of Peace and Order will begin at around 10 am (0300 GMT) inside the Army headquarters," said army spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong.


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Boko Haram kill 24 in Nigeria village raid

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - At least 24 people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram gunmen raided a village in northeast Nigeria, where the Islamists have stepped up deadly attacks on villages in recent months, residents told AFP. Dozens of motorcycle-riding gunmen stormed Kamuya village in Borno state after sunrise as locals were heading to the weekly market, opening fire on residents. The attacks indicate how Boko Haram, who captured world attention after kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls last month, can attack seemingly at will and the Nigerian military's fragile grip on security. A state of emergency has been in place in Borno and two neighbouring northeast states since May last year.


Obama to make Afghan troop decision 'in coming days'

Aboard Air Force One (Undefined) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday and will make a decision about American troops in the country post-2014 "in the coming days," a senior administration official said.


Obama signals US to keep limited Afghanistan role

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America's longest war comes to a close.


Poroshenko struts before world media even before results are in

Switching easily between his native tongue, Russian and English, billionaire "chocolate king" Petro Poroshenko was happy to strut his stuff before the world's media on Sunday -- even before being officially elected Ukraine's new president. The self-made billionaire took to the stage in a hail of flashbulbs at a post-election press conference in a trendy Kiev art gallery where he declared himself the winner only minutes after exit polls had been released. Wearing a striped tie in Ukraine's national colours of blue and yellow, he fired off a series of lofty pledges -- to end the "war" raging in the east of the country and to negotiate with powerful neighbour Russia -- as he joked with the assembled media throng. Not only had he apparently won a decisive victory over his closest rival, former prime minister and Orange Revolution heroine Yulia Tymoshenko, he was also able to celebrate another victory -- for his trusty supporter Vitali Klitschko.


Mexico's Zapatista rebel leader Marcos steps down

COMITAN (Mexico) (AFP) - Subcomandante Marcos, the mysterious masked leader of Mexico's Zapatista rebels, bowed out Sunday as chief of the 20-year-old movement in what he described vaguely as "internal changes." Marcos made the announcement one day after making his first public appearance in five years in the southern state of Chiapas, attending a ceremony for a fallen comrade while puffing on his trademark pipe and wearing an eye patch. "At 2:08 am on May 25, 2014, at the southwestern combat front of the EZLN, I declare that the one known as Insurgent Subcommander Marcos no longer exists," he said in a 10-page statement. "The voice of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) will no longer come from my voice," Marcos said.


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