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President Barack Obama has asked the Pentagon to make plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year in case the U.S. and Afghanistan cannot complete a bilateral security agreement. Obama discussed the plans Tuesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has so far refused to sign the security agreement. The White House says Obama told Karzai that he was open to the possibility of finalizing the agreement later this year, likely after the Afghan elections this spring. If an agreement is signed later this year, Obama told Karzai the U.S. could keep a limited troop presence. India regional parties met on Tuesday to declare a political alternative to the two main national parties, the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, ahead of national elections due by May. Congress has led coalition governments in the world's largest democracy for the past decade but may struggle to win re-election this year due to a string of corruption scandals and sagging economic growth. Eleven regional parties have established an alliance to fight corruption, deliver more economic development and strengthen federalism in the run-up to the elections. Ukraine's parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych to be tried by the International Criminal Court once he has been captured. In a resolution which was overwhelmingly supported by the assembly, Yanukovych was linked to police violence against protesters which had caused the deaths of more than 100 people and injured 2,000. The resolution said two of Yanukovych's close allies - former interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka - should also be sent for trial at the ICC, which is based in The Hague. An outspoken former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested by British police Tuesday on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses. Moazzam Begg, a British father-of-four, is suspected of attending a Syria terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, police said. Begg was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 on suspicion of supporting and recruiting for al-Qaeda, and was taken to Guantanamo Bay the following year. He filed a lawsuit against the British government over his detention - eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement – and went on to write a book about his experiences: “Enemy Combatant: The Terrifying True Story of a Briton in Guantanamo.”

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