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Like Zimbabwe, South Africa needs leadership change: ANC official

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) should get President Jacob Zuma to stand down as head of state after a party conference next month because like Zimbabwe the country urgently needs a change of leader, a senior ANC official said.

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U.S. general sets two-year goal for driving back Afghan Taliban

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Monday he believes he could help Afghan forces drive back the Taliban enough to control at least 80 percent of the country within two years, compared with about two-thirds today.

Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

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Head of Syrian opposition's HNC resigns: statement

BEIRUT The head of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) resigned on Monday, nearly two years after he was picked to chair the Saudi-backed umbrella group that brings together the armed and political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

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Missing Argentine submarine had reported electrical malfunction

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES An Argentine military submarine reported an electrical problem and was headed back to base when it went missing last week in the South Atlantic, the navy said on Monday, while storms complicated efforts to find the vessel and its 44 crew members. | Video

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Soros says Hungarian government lying in attacks against him

BUDAPEST U.S. financier George Soros on Monday denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as "distortions and lies" designed to create a false external enemy.

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