Reuters World News Highlights

ATHENS/FRANKFURT – Banks and policymakers moved closer to a  deal yesterday to help Athens secure funds ahead of a  parliamentary vote on austerity next week that Greek Prime  Minister George Papandreou must win to avert default.

Afghan drawdown poses risk, U.S. military warns

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The U.S. military distanced  itself yesterday from President Barack Obama’s plan for a  faster-than-expected withdrawal of U.S. forces from  Afghanistan, but the top commander there said it was  not the kind of decision he would quit over.

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