1. DIPLOMACY

    U.S. to Investigate Pakistan Deaths

    Activists of Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT), the student wing of a Pakistani Islamic and political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), shout slogans against NATO strikes during a protest in Lahore on November 26, 2011. Pakistan accused NATO of killing 26 soldiers in a blistering air strike, protesting in the strongest terms to the US and closing the main border for NATO supplies into Afghanistan. It was the deadliest NATO strike reported by Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan and looked set to inflame already extremely difficult US-Pakistani relations still reeling from the May killing of Osama bin Laden. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The White House pledged on Saturday to investigate the NATO airstrike  that allegedly killed an estimated 24 Pakistani soldiers. The White House also expressed condolences to Pakistan for the deaths, and one official indicated that the U.S. will work with Pakistan to investigate the deaths. But there was no word in the White House statement about Pakistan’s subsequent decision to block supply routes for the war in the Afghanistan, or Pakistan’s demand that the U.S. vacate its bases on Pakistani soil within 15 days. Friday’s deadly airstrike is the latest blow to the U.S.’s crumbling relationship with Pakistan.

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