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Obama Defends Security Decisions


US-OBAMA-DETAINEES: U.S. President Barack Obama is defending his decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, which has stirred international outcry for its questionable treatment of prisoners.
In an interview with the U.S. television program "60 Minutes" (on CBS), Mr. Obama lashes out at the detainee policies pursued by the administration of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Mr. Obama calls the Bush policy of indefinite detention "unsustainable," saying it generated anti-American sentiment without making the United States a safer place.
In the pre-recorded interview to be aired Sunday night, Mr. Obama strikes back at recent criticism by former Vice President Dick Cheney.


AFGHANISTAN: The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says it has killed five suspected militants and detained four others in a raid close to the border with Tajikistan.
The coalition says Afghan forces helped carry out the raid in the northern province of Kunduz Sunday.
Some local Afghan officials are contesting the report, saying the people killed were civilians working for the district mayor.
The reports could not be independently confirmed.
Separately, officials say a bomb hit a vehicle in the eastern province of Khost Sunday, killing one person and wounding 11 others.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan's chief justice has formally resumed his post, two years after his controversial dismissal threw the country into political turmoil.
The Supreme Court says Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was reinstated at midnight (Saturday) and immediately began work Sunday morning.
The independent-minded judge was fired in 2007 by then-President Pervez Musharraf, after pursuing a case challenging the president's rule.
Chaudhry's dismissal sparked widespread protests that helped force Mr. Musharraf to resign last year.

TIBET-PROTESTS: China's official news agency says police have arrested six people allegedly involved in a riot and an attack on a police station in a Tibetan area in the country's northwest.
The Xinhua news agency said another 89 people surrendered to police in Qinghai province on Sunday.
The report said all but two of the 95 were monks in the Amdo Golog Ragya monastery near the town where Saturday's attack took place.
The protest took place after reports circulated that a Tibetan monk had committed suicide as Chinese security forces searched for him.

THAILAND-BURMA: Thailand's foreign minister will visit Burma where he is expected to discuss the issue of illegal migrants who regularly land on Thailand's southern shores.
Kasit Piromya departs Sunday for a two-day official visit to Burma. During his trip, he is scheduled to meet his Burmese counterpart Nyan Win and Burmese Prime Minister General Thein Sein.
The Thai government said in a statement Saturday that Kasit will discuss a broad range of issues with Burmese officials, including the large number of Muslim Rohingya migrants who regularly flee Burma for Thailand.

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