Delegates from 70 countries attending a Conference in Kabul, Afghanistan -- the first held there since 2001 -- heard President Karsai say that Afghan forces would become responsible for all forms of internal security from 2014.

Taiwan's judiciary was in disarray after three High Court judges resigned following allegations that they had collaborated with corrupt police officers and gangsters.

Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, proposed that Gaza should become an independent entity separate from the West Bank and other parts of Palestine. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he did not support the idea -- leading to reports of tension between the two men.

The International Court of Justice ruled that Kosovo's unilateral secession from Serbia in 2008 was not illegal. The Serbian president said that his country would never recognise an independent Kosovo.

Britain's prime minister David Cameron received a warm welcome from President Obama but found his visit dominated by the BP oil-spill and the release in 2009 by the Scottish government of the convicted Libyan “Lockerbie bomber” on compassionate grounds.

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