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UK's Hague Warns of Cold War if Iran Proceeds with Nuclear Program

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague warned about an Iran with nuclear weapons.

Hague spoke with the Daily Telegraph saying an Iranian nuclear program could trigger a new Cold War with no safety mechanisms in place. He said other countries in the Middle East would rush to develop their own nuclear weapons if Iran proceeds with their program.

Tensions have escalated in the Middle East with Israel accusing Iran for last week's Israeli embassy attacks in India, Thailand and Georgia, reports BBC News.

While Iran insists that they are developing new energy programs, the EU and the United States imposed more sanctions on Iran in order to discourage the country from pursuing a nuclear program.

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Britain Asks For More Help Against Libya

NATO(LONDON) -- What to do next about Libya? A number of countries led by NATO states have gathered in Doha to try to figure that out.    

British Foreign Secretary William Hague wants others to help break the current military stalemate.

"We have supplied additional ground attack forces over the last week and we do look to other countries to do the same", says Hague.

Part of the reason is that Britian is basically broke and it can't carry on like this over the long haul.

As to how the Doha meeting is playing in Tripoli? Gadhafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim says Qatar acts more like an oil conglomerate than a real country. He concludes that certain interests will be looked after.´╗┐

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Libyan Rebels in Retreat as Country's Foreign Minister Resigns

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libyan rebels have retreated, despite support from NATO airstrikes, days after seeming to turn the tide against leader Moammar Gadhafi. The ongoing battle has shown no signs of abating as President Obama Wednesday signed a presidential finding authorizing covert operations to assist the anti-Gadhafi forces.

Rebels were met overnight with heavy fire from Gadhafi forces as cars fled the eastern city of Ajdabiya, erasing almost all of the rebels' gains. Gadhafi's troops have been using pickup trucks armed with heavy weapons, making them hard to distinguish from the rebels in the air.

After a fast advance to the doorstep of Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, the rebels have lost town after town. But with every major advance for Gadhafi, comes a major setback.

One of his closest allies made his own full retreat Wednesday night, all the way to London. Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa resigned from the regime in protest against Gadhafi's attacks against civilians. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Koussa's departure is a sign that Gadhafi's regime is "crumbling." Hague also said Koussa is "not being offered any immunity from British or international justice."

But as one member of Gadhafi's inner circle exits, another has newly emerged. Once rarely seen in the media, Gadhafi's only daughter, Aisha, has now taken to Libyan TV and to the frontline, echoing her father's message that they will not back down.

Meanwhile, NATO officials said Thursday morning that they have taken control over air operations in Libya, which include enforcing the no-fly zone.

As the presidential finding discusses a number of ways to help the opposition to Gadhafi, including authorizing some help now and setting up a legal framework for more activities in the future, it does not direct covert operatives to provide arms to the rebels immediately, although it does prepare for such a contingency.

President Obama said in a speech Monday that protecting civilians from near certain genocide and not ousting Gadhafi was the intended purpose of the U.S. air strikes that started two weeks ago.

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British Report Says It's Time to Talk to the Taliban

Photo Courtesy - Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(LONDON) -- An influential British parliamentary committee says the time has come to talk seriously with the Taliban in Afghanistan.   

A new British "Foreign Affairs Committee report" says current tactics in Afghanistan are not working. "What we actually want now is to try and persuade the Taliban to come to the table, sit down and actually enter into a dialogue involving Pakistan, involving the United States, and have an Afghan-led political reconciliation process, says Committee chairman, Richard Ottaway.

The report adds the purpose of having British forces in the country -- protecting UK national security -- may have been achieved "some time ago."  Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague agrees, saying it's time to advance a political process.

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Final Minutes Detailed in Death of Kidnapped British Aid Worker

Photo Courtesy - British Foreign & Commonwealth Office(LONDON) -- Special forces came within seconds of rescuing British aid worker Linda Norgrove before she was executed by her captors Friday in northeastern Afghanistan.

Fearing her situation was "getting worse by the minute," a source tells ABC News that teams were dropped in to an area near where Norgrove’s captors had been spending the night. Just before a rescue team fought its way to the location where she was being held, a suicide bomber triggered a vest, killing both himself and Norgrove.

“Working with our NATO allies, we had received information about the location at which she was possibly being held and we decided, given the danger that she faced, that the best thing to do was to act on that information,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement.

“From the moment they took her, Linda's life was in continual and grave danger,” he said. “The responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the hostage takers.”

The raid took place in the Nurgal district of Kunar Province.

Norgrove was kidnapped in late September with three Afghan colleagues, who were released shortly after being taken hostage.

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