In a truly bizarre display, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who holds the rotating EU presidency, yesterday compared the institution to the Soviet Union. Constant Brand for AP:

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Charles Hawley, in a Der Spiegel editorial titled "Afghanistan Hasn't Yet Become NATO's Vietnam," argues that "it is time for an honest reassessment of the mission."

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Kim Jong-un, the 25-year-old youngest son of dictator Kim Jong-il, is the likely heir to North Korea's police state, according to reports emerging from the Korean peninsula.

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A regularly employed analyst runs a certain risk when publicly speaking about the possibility of a destruction of humanity, in the foreseeable future. “Professional myopia” or “immaturity in judgment” may be among the less denigrating – “unprofessional hysteria” or “irresponsible conduct” the more damning – reactions by colleagues. One workplace-friend recently advised me to delete from an article the term “World War III.” I decided not to do so.

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As widely foreshadowed, the United States used the occasion of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Warsaw to call on its European allies to contribute more troops and resources to the Afghanistan mission and, to the surprise of no one who's been paying attention, they refused.

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Russia and Georgia agreed to give international monitors freedom to rome throughout Georgia, including the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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STOCK - Afghanistan

The left-of-center National Security Network has released a statement of "Principles for an Afghanistan Strategy."

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Osama bin Laden Location Map

A team of UCLA geographers have narrowed Osama bin Laden's location to one of three houses in Parachinar.

Using patterns of how animal species spread, the world's most wanted terrorist can be tracked down to a town in the tribal region of North West Pakistan it is claimed. By factoring in his need for security, electricity, high ceilings to accommodate his 6ft 4in frame and spare rooms for his bodyguards, the search can be further narrowed to three walled compounds.

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Judy Dempsey, IHT's Berlin bureau chief, argues that Nicolas Sarkozy is making a play to bolster an independent European defensive alliance.

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Another round of international talks on the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is underway this week in Geneva.  Meanwhile, Russia is tightening its vice-grip, transforming the two occupied territories into military garrisons.

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