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Obama will have to weigh merits of sacking the US commander in Afghanistan against potential impact on the war.
Top US commander in Afghanistan asked to quit after less than a year on the job.
General apologises for civilian casualties under pressure from Afghan president.
US commander says difficult year ahead despite Obama's order to deploy 17,000 more troops.
Up to 30,000 extra troops may be deployed by next summer to battle rising violence.
US commander says district leaders must be brought together to end ongoing conflict.
But top general says more troops needed as scores are killed in two battles.

United States troops have arrested three Palestinian diplomats and five others in Baghdad in connection with an attack on a US convoy earlier this week.

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UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
 
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