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Kerry eases deadline for signing Afghan troops deal

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday appeared to give Afghan President Hamid Karzai extra time to sign a bilateral security deal. And while he said it must be signed as soon as possible, he raised the option for the first time that the deal governing the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 could even be linked by Karzai's successor, who will be chosen in April elections. The United States wants the deal to ensure legal protection for any troops left behind in a training role after the…