The proposals, outlined in a speech by Sergei Ivanov, Russia's deputy prime minister and a former defense minister, marked a shift in tone and content, compared with a speech last week by President Vladimir Putin and a speech Putin delivered at the Munich Security Conference here a year ago.
In a hall filled with government officials, legislators and policy analysts from around the world, Gates added: "So now I would like to add my voice to those of many allied leaders on the Continent and speak directly to the people of Europe. The threat posed by violent Islamic extremism is real and it is not going to go away."...
But they "forget at our peril that the ambition of Islamic extremists is limited only by opportunity," he continued.
Sergeant Evan Vela has already served 225 days in Kuwait, and will receive a dishonorable discharge. The government had sought a prison term of at least 15 years, and Vela could have received a life sentence.
The eight-member military panel deliberated for three hours before reaching the verdicts on the third day of the court martial. The trial was the third related to the killing of Genei Nesir Khudair al-Janabi, a taxi driver and farmer who stumbled, along with his son, Mustafa, 17, into Vela's sniper hideout.
Vela and his squad leader, Staff Sergeant Michael Hensley, held the father and son captive for about 30 minutes. Then they released the boy, and Vela shot Janabi in the head with a 9-millimeter pistol, killing him.
Vela, who was trained in the field to be a sniper, testified that the point-blank shooting was his only confirmed kill.
Prosecutors argued in their closing statements that Vela "aided and abetted" the planting of the gun and then made false statements to investigators about the killing.
" 'Are you ready?' Those are the words that Sergeant Hensley said to Sergeant Vela," said a military prosecutor, Major Charles Kuhfahl. "Sergeant Vela was at a crossroads. He had two choices. He could have taken a hard right." Instead, Khufahl argued, Vela "chose the easy wrong and he killed him."
"You know it was murder, plain and simple," he said. "United States soldiers do not kill unarmed, detained individuals."
The government's latest survey of living standards reports that the number of extremely poor Indians, those chronically unable to consume even the minimum calories needed for full functioning, is an astonishing 301 million, just 19 million less than in 1983. At this rate, it would take India 300 years to lift all its people out of even the most extreme levels of poverty. The survey's results suggest that extreme poverty has fallen no faster, and possibly more slowly, in the past 15 years of spectacular economic growth than in earlier periods, challenging the popular notion that money "trickles down" to all.
What will it take to transform India's newfound dynamism and prosperity into a meaningful reduction in poverty?...
On Sunday, in a meeting of two teams that lost in the opening round, England, who threw away its first game in the last 20 minutes, nearly did the same thing again but clung on to beat Italy, 23-19, in Rome.
Jonny Wilkinson, much criticized for his role in the collapse against Wales a week earlier, made the last pass before Paul Sackey and Toby Flood scored England's two tries in the first 15 minutes. When he converted the second, Wilkinson reached 1,000 points for England.
In northwest Germany, where Nokia makes a range of cellphones for the global market, the average worker earned about €30,000 a year, or nearly $45,000, said Kolb, a member of the workers' council in Bochum. At Nokia's new factory in Cluj, Romania, Kolb said, workers will earn only a third as much.
Ten days after breaking the bad news in Bochum, Nokia had an upbeat message for investors. Profit soared 44 percent in the fourth quarter to €1.84 billion, Nokia said, as sales surged 34 percent and its market share reached 40.2 percent.