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In other news

The United States is planning a major expansion of missile defenses in Asia, The Wall Street Journal reports, aimed at containing not only North Korea but China as well. The news comes as the latest issue of the bimonthly journal Foreign Affairs examines China's deep suspicion of U.S. motives.

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, blamed the spy agencies of Iran and Pakistan for being behind a recent surge in army recruits' attacks against NATO forces. [Washington Post]

Giant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target are expected to escape a requirement that companies disclose whether their products contain so-called conflict minerals that are blamed for fueling violence in central Africa. [Wall Street Journal]

Pakistan's ex-ambassador to the United States said his country must tell the world who helped Osama bin Laden hide in Abbottabad for years before U.S. special forces killed him last year. [Foreign Policy]

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