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First things first, let me clarify my motivation – I have no axes to grind. No, I am not a ‘fundamental’ Muslim as extremists are characterized in popular press. No, I am not a ‘dooms day,’ prophet. No, I am not ‘psychotic.’ No, I am not a ‘mullah.’ No, I do not have any political aspirations nor do I want to lead a long march somewhere, no, sorry, no activism in my past either. No, my views don’t stem from discussions with any of my friends’ politics’ or religion. No, I am not easily influenced either because I like making up my own mind. No, I don’t have a closed mind By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

First things first, let me clarify my motivation – I have no axes to grind. No, I am not a ‘fundamental’ Muslim as extremists are characterized in popular press. No, I am not a ‘dooms day,’ prophet. No, I am not ‘psychotic.’ No, I am not a ‘mullah.’ No, I do not have any political aspirations nor do I want to lead a long march somewhere, no, sorry, no activism in my past either. No, my views don’t stem from discussions with any of my friends’ politics’ or religion. No, I am not easily influenced either because I like making up my own mind. No, I don’t have a closed mind.

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Yes, I have been exposed to other cultures and religions. Yes, I have worked with a lot of international colleagues, from India, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, USA and UK. Yes, I don’t stereotype people I have never met (except maybe dumb blondes!). Yes, I believe in pursuit of truth no matter what. Yes, I like hearing all sides of the argument first. Yes, I am your regular ‘average Jane.’ Yes, I don’t read the newspapers every day. Yes, I don’t watch TV every day. Yes, I work all day. Yes, I have a family. Yes, I have hobbies. Yes, I have responsibilities. Yes, I don’t have a lot of leisure time. Yes, I pay taxes. Yes, I pay indirect taxes. Yes, I am generally considered to be an honest and trust-worthy person. Yes, I am a person of average intelligence. Yes, I am always in touch with reality. If that is all out of the way, let’s get to the bottom line…

Pakistan, the middle east and central Asia

Pakistan, the middle east and central Asia

I think events are escalating towards a third world war. Yes, the third world war will start in our region – It’s quite possible that it might happen in my life-time. (Pakistan technically falls under the geographical region of Middle East if you look at the world map) – Unfortunately, Middle East and Central Asia are two poorly-defended, vulnerable oil rich regions containing vast numbers of Muslims. No, the war will not be about religion, even though, it will be a confrontation between people of different religions. Yes, the war will be about economics and power as usual. How can I say that?  Quite easily in fact…I don’t require a degree in political economy to figure it all out.  All it takes is a little common sense.

You can look at the situation objectively – if you are a historian – you will probably know super powers invariably invade poorly defended neighboring countries for more power or to consolidate their current power-base or for simple greed, for more land, or for indigenous technology or unusual products (like the silk or spices in the dark ages) or rich natural resources (like gold or oil) or to create a reputation in the world as the resident ‘bully’ or ‘super power’ (depending on your definition) so no one dares to mess with them. They never invade them because of a particular ideology or religion, that’s just a label to satisfy the gullible masses. (No, the crusades were not fought for supremacy of Church or for God; they were fought because the Europeans wanted the Muslim’s lands, knowledge, technology and riches).

If you are a scientist, you are probably familiar with Newton’s third law of motion, “for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.” This is an ideal equilibrium position. No country will mess with any other country till the equilibrium is disturbed. In other words, the opposing forces have to become unequal for an invasion to take place.

You probably are also familiar with the “pendulum” motion theory, “when a pendulum is displaced from its resting or equilibrium position, it is subject to a restoring force due to gravity that will accelerate it back towards equilibrium. The time for one complete cycle, a left swing and a right swing is called a period.” In other words, the pendulum doesn’t quickly return to equilibrium. It takes many cycles to reach moderation so when a revolution takes place in history to correct some injustice; it always swings to the opposite extreme before returning slowly to moderation…have you ever noticed that any revolution in history that took place to remove an ‘old regime’ was in fact no better? For example, remember the French revolution? It was fought to remove French monarchy and restore power to the people; unfortunately, they proved as tyrannical as any monarchy in the beginning and committed as many atrocities in the name of freedom. (Remember, Dickens’ novel ‘A tale of two cities,’ more or less based on those times?) Revenge is never about moderation. It’s about vengeance. So a whole new cycle is created to oppose the injustice perpetrated by the ‘new regime.’ In other words, things will always get worse before they can getter better. What is happening in the world right now?

To simplify things ‘Capitalism’ defeated ‘Communism,’ (which was a world-wide reaction to ‘monarchy’ and ‘imperialism’) and now ‘Capitalism,’ is after ‘Universalism,’ the broadest and weakest proponents of ‘Universalism’ unfortunately are Muslims. It’s not personal. The predator doesn’t eat prey because he doesn’t like it, it’s just food and unfortunately for food, he became toast because it didn’t run and hide fast enough…here you are probably familiar with Darwin’s theory – “survival of the fittest,” only the fit survive to fight another day. The weak get eaten; simple law of nature.

Pakistan, unfortunately, is toast because she’s not being smart enough to defend herself.  As political leaders, Pakistanis lack self esteem. They think they deserve to be on their knees. They always negotiate international bilateral agreements by playing on the defensive; by building their defenses on their weaknesses instead of on their strengths; they are never proactive, pre-emptive or on the offensive. In other words, they always play a loser’s game and end up losing. No surprise there.

They never bother reading the fine print when presented with a contract. They are ignorant and don’t understand their geography, history, or their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, in other words, they are usually deaf, dumb and blind to all the fine nuances and like to play the classic ostrich when surprised or caught off-guard.

They can always be bought – (in cricket terminology, its called match fixing) and yes, they always think the opponent is playing a friendly game of chess when the opposition or opponent in question is actually intent on wiping you off the face of the earth, rubbing your face in the dirt and leaving you dead on the ground. They are not planning on taking any prisoners; they’re after your total annihilation. You are the dumb blonde who doesn’t understand the rules of engagement. It’s hardly their fault.

Even when they are offering you money through direct funding, they probably offer you more stick than carrot in the contract because you invite it. I have never seen any NGO do any good for anybody in our country even when they have no apparent hidden agenda and are so-called not-for-profit organization highly dependent on international donations. As for direct investment – that’s another joke. They usually siphon off huge profits to their home countries while they spend a mere pittance on managing a low-key operation run by a small team of locals who is typically led by a corrupt man who is intent on ripping off as much profits under the table as possible for himself while he is employed by the multi-national corporation, working out of rented real estate and fixtures. The multi-national never sinks any roots in your country. They never build any long term stakes and don’t care about your local economy or your people. They are after quick profits – if they get that, fine, they will stick around, if not, they will move on to greener pastures. You are supposed to be grateful for their investment because you need their business. You keep on offering more attractive packages and incentives to invite yet more foreign investments. You never build any safeguards in your economy to defend your rights as a host nation so any Tom, Dick or Harry can come rip you off and move on while you pat yourself on the back for inviting yet more direct foreign investments. But I digress. I was talking about why I think “Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world” right now.

I think Pakistan will play a key role in starting a third world war because it’s sitting on a keg of dynamite which will blow any minute. Unfortunately, for her, she’s the original dumb blonde who got herself surrounded by a bunch of aggressive wanna-be molesters while she was not looking. She thinks those guys were her friends and kept on drinking, dancing and partying past the witching hour, she kept shaking off the weird vibes she was getting as hallucinations or the obvious result of too much drugs and drinks in her system. The friend who actually spiked her drink was the original wolf in sheep’s clothing, he was never her friend. His intent was always to corner her, weaken her and then rape her. He even invited a couple of his friends for the party. Our little red riding hood doesn’t have a knight in shinning armor on a white charger waiting in the wings to ride to her rescue – if she doesn’t push to rescue herself, she will get beaten up, raped and left for dead. The funny thing is, since she brought it on herself, the audience will think its divine justice. The only reaction will be a sigh and a click on the remote control for the next hot soap opera. No one will even remember her tomorrow. She’s that disposable.

So what am I predicting? I am predicting an invasion, shrinking of her territory and eventually her total destruction – wasn’t there a rumor doing the rounds that Pakistan is not even on the world map in 2030 or is it 2050? Anyway, two of the neighbors have already bought chips in this particular game. I don’t even have to spell it out – you can probably read the signs too…

As for us, what can we do as citizens of this particular dumb blonde called Pakistan? We can end up as statistics or we can migrate before the situation escalates to that point or we can play ostrich, however, we can not and should not fool ourselves into thinking we are safe playing with dynamite. Our geography unfortunately is against us. It’s only a matter of time. Yes, there is a fourth choice while we wait, we can pray for deliverance. In that case, in the words of Shahzad Roy’s famous song, “Laaga Rah” and “Sab Kuch Allah par Chaur day,” loose translationpray for a miracle! May be the “force” will be with us but the way things are going, even God seems to have written us off as a dead loss. Sigh.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  1. Gordon Brown demanded yesterday (Nov 29 ’09) that Pakistan should do more to catch Bin Laden. Its becoming a familiar refrain…they are all singing the same tune now…

    My theory, the case against Pakistan will be built up slowly just like it was done for Iraq…there, Sadam was supposed to have hidden WMDs (Weapons of mass destruction), here eventually they will say we are hiding Bin Laden and that would be the justification for invading Pakistan…

    India and USA are already allies against Pakistan. Nato is amassing more troops in Afghanistan. USA alone has sent over 50,000 soldiers to Afghanistan this year. Things are becoming muddy. Its difficult to know who are the players if you don’t know how to read the signs…

    Most Pakistanis are confused about the Taliban question in Pakistan…they used to be heros and now, they are villains…however, popular press actually doesn’t know how to tackle this reality…Islam is becoming demonized in popular press. Muslims don’t know whose side to pick as things are becoming confusing for them as well. Obviously, whatever is being done by local Talibans is not Islam and we know it as a population. There are two schools of thoughts on this…

    one, “since we know that’s not Islam, it must be funded by some ‘foreign’ hand” – our pop music, our local discourse all reflects this denial. The other school of thought, “hey, these guys have sprung up locally so obviously they are part of us and we are in denial, we should be taking responsibility for this phenomenon and cleaning up this mess ASAP, we should support our Army and government.”

    I don’t have beef with either theory. My reading of the situation is, the events have already started moving in the direction of third world war…it will be started with Pakistan and will end when they attack Makkah…yes, we have prophecies and they have prophecies and its all coming true! 🙂

    What can we do? We can’t do anything. Its about cause and effect…you know, the butterfly thing…things have been set in motion and there is no going back. Its sad. All we can do is pray that we don’t become sad statistics when the dust clears….

    More reading?
    Black backpack – a symbol of terrorism
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1503

    Are Pakistanis in denial?
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1369

    Clinton’s visit to Pakistan – what the heck happened here?
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1342

    The ‘new’ great game
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=1319

    How green was my valley?
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=192

    National symbols destroyed
    http://www.tkfr.com/?p=184

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  2. Jan 11, 2010 – Monday

    Hey you,
    You might find these news report interesting as well…

    Pakistan-Afghanistan border remains epicentre of Al Qaeda: Obama, reported in Hindustan Times of India…

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/americas/Pak-Afghan-border-remains-epicentre-of-Al-Qaeda/Article1-496113.aspx

    and

    Sino-Pak talks on joint strategy to meet challenges
    By Iftikhar Ahmed Khan
    Monday, 11 Jan, 2010
    reported in Dawn

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/12-sinopak-talks-on-joint-strategy-to-meet-challenges–bi-11

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  3. Jan 16th 2010 – now, its Yemen – what’s next?

    Six al-Qaida militants killed in Yemen air strike

    BY MOHAMED SUDAM AND ULF LAESSING, REUTERSJANUARY 15, 2010

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Qaida+militants+killed+Yemen+strike/2446524/story.html

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  4. Jan 18 2010 – Monday…

    Saw this ‘strange’ news item in Daily Times of Pakistan…
    Report is ‘rubbish’: FO

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday rejected a report carried by The Sunday Times that claimed the US was training troops to retrieve Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal in case militants got their hands on the sensitive weaponry. Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Abdul Basit called the report “rubbish and a figment of the imagination of the reporter”.He said the assertions and insinuations made in the story were baseless, adding that the Pakistan government continued to devise and implement a foolproof safety and security regime for its nuclear arsenal. Basit said the Western media kept repeating such “self-serving and baseless propaganda, adding, however Pakistan did not bother with it as no such assertions existed at the official level. app

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\18\story_18-1-2010_pg7_5

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  5. You might find this interesting too…Another dot in the great game…

    Can US – China ties weather storm in 2010?
    Published on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:19 | Updated at Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 11:12 | Source : Reuters

    http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/features/can-us-china-ties-weather-storm2010_436241.html

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  6. Jan 19th 2010 – Tuesday…

    Downhill for Pakistan?
    By Tariq Amin-Khan
    Tuesday, 19 Jan, 2010

    The CIA recently lost its forward operating base in Khost. Pakistan is under pressure to attack North Waziristan. And the noise about redrawing Pakistan’s borders has increased by a few decibels.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-downhill+for+pakistan-hs-10

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  7. Jan 20th 2010 — Wednes day — Great self-delusion — Obama is win ning the hearts and minds of Muslims while his policies make it eas ier to kill innocent people around the world — Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!

    President Obama Praised for Sticking to American Val ues on Counter-Terrorism
    Security experts want US to better anticipate terrorist attacks
    Ravi Khanna | Wash ing ton
    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/-President-Obama-Praised-for-Sticking-to-American-Values-on-Counter-Terrorism-82089957.html

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  8. fareeha says:

    Gates Says Al Qaeda Seeks to Trigger India-Pakistan War
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704320104575014752587809016.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

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  9. fareeha says:

    Yemen air strikes pound Qaeda leader’s home: military

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hnF8do-Nn6ewjHjRjAtO14VKjpYw

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  10. Jan 21st 2010 – and the noose tightens a little bit more….

    Iran scientist slain in bombing outside his home
    Tehran blames the West and Israel, saying the attack was a bid to slow Iran’s nuclear program. Colleagues say he was a government critic and that hard-liners killed him to silence the opposition.
    January 13, 2010|By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/13/world/la-fg-iran-scientist-bomb13-2010jan13

    JANUARY 21, 2010
    U.S. Seeks Saudi Role in Helping Poorest Arab State

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703405704575015333656699898.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_news

    Gates: Al-Qaeda has assembled a ‘syndicate’ of terror groups
    By Craig Whitlock
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010; 10:28 AM
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012001575.html

    Al Qaeda can trigger Indo-Pak war: Gates
    * US defence secretary says India’s patience will be limited if there is a repeat of 26/11
    * Says he will allay Pak concerns to allow it to focus on war against terror
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\21\story_21-1-2010_pg1_1

    Gates vows closer ties, says Pakistan must fight extremists
    The defense secretary says the U.S.-Pakistan rela tion ship will be long-term, but Islamabad must fight all militant groups — not pick and choose.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-gates-pakistan22-2010jan22,0,7719578.story

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  11. As if Pakistan getting the drones will solve all our problems – what is our president really thinking? Do things improve if our own troops kill innocent people? Plus, obviously, we will have to pay through our nose to acquire this technology. Seems like a strange and flawed piece of logic to me – Is the president really speaking for us?

    Pakistan ‘wants unarmed drones’

    The United States may provide Pakistan with a dozen unarmed drone aircraft to help strengthen its fight against the Taliban, US defence officials say.
    Defence Secretary Robert Gates told a Pakistani television channel that the plan was being considered.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8473900.stm

    and now India has also joined the fray…

    India concerned over drones sale to Pakistan
    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article91506.ece

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  12. Gates stresses common cause with Pakistan
    Friday, 22 Jan, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The United States has no designs on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons or ”a single inch of Pakistani soil,” US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pakistani military officers Friday, adding that fighting terrorists along the Afghan border is in Pakistan’s interest as well as Washington’s.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-gates-stresses-common-cause-with-pakistan-ss-01

    Gates strives to build trust with Pakistan military
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates sought to build bridges with the next generation of Pakistan’s military leaders on Friday and end a “trust deficit” that he said has hampered cooperation against Islamist militancy.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60H1VJ20100122

    New US strategy to re-integrate Taliban

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-new-us-strategy-to-re-integrate-taliban-ss-02

    US believes that democracy can solve all its problems; Gates
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=94711&Itemid=2

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  13. Jan 23rd 2010 – Saturday – No, I don’t think I am a radical “mullah” type nor am I conspiracy theorist who sees wheels behind wheels – I am a mainstream, regular, ‘normal’ Muslim – come to think of it, I don’t fit any stereotype of a Muslim out there…yet, even I have grave suspicions about US government’s intentions for this region – for me, actions speak louder than words every time…if the actions don’t support the words, obviously, I will be suspicious – any normal person would be. I am hopeful that USA has changed its mind and is now working towards peace but I will only believe it when I see it….

    Gates Confronts Pakistani Reports of U.S. Plots, and Fuels a Rumor

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704509704575018334096246888.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth

    Fuming ‘N’ Senator asks Malik to resign
    By: Khalid Aziz | Published: January 23, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah asked Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday to step down immediately, as US Secretary Defence Robert Gates in his statement has affirmed the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/23-Jan-2010/Fuming-N-Senator-asks-Malik-to-resign

    No Blackwater in Pakistan; Rehman claims
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=94810&Itemid=1

    Afghan Taliban are based in Pakistan: Miliband
    Saturday, 23 Jan, 2010
    KARACHI: With Al-Qaeda pushed out into Pakistan’s tribal areas, the original rationale for the war in Afghanistan — to ensure the country is not a safe haven again for Al-Qaeda and global terrorism — has come under scrutiny, said British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-afghan-taliban-are-based-in-pakistan-miliband-zj-08

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  14. Jan 23rd 2010 – Saturday –

    Turkey Arrests 120 With Suspected Qaeda Ties
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/23/world/europe/23turkey.html

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  15. Jan 24th, 2010 – Sunday…

    What I want to know is how an extremely sick guy can continue to survive without medical attention, look this good on his photos and videos (may be they are using old photos from file?) and continue to broadcast in the nick of time when USA needs him to? Isn’t it tad too convenient for words? Is he an actor hired to play a part? Is that it?

    The funny thing is the guys who could dig up Saddam very quickly from his hiding place can’t find this guy? Furthermore, he is always there where they need him to be? They want to invade Afghanistan, he is sitting there. Now, they want Pakistan’s border area, he is there, he is also located in Yemen and Turkey conveniently…all very strategically important locations to USA? Funny, isn’t it?

    Where does he get his funds to operate all over the world? No one has that kind of unlimited money, especially when he’s been reportedly thrown out of the family business long time ago. He has no business or regular job, while the western world controls all the money traffic, they own all the banks that matter, they still can’t follow the money trail and catch him, who the heck is funding this guy? What do they want? – but wait a minute, he did have a job once upon a time – he was employed by CIA. Was he ever fired? Did the world press report that? When was he fired? Can someone let me know the date? Since I didn’t read the papers every day before a couple of weeks ago, I must have missed that.

    But seriously, why doesn’t he die of natural causes? He’s old enough and ill enough according to the same press? I wish he would. The world wants him to drop dead so badly, they can taste it. But he never obliges.

    Is he now an independent contractor? How much money does he charge for his services? Since he’s some kind of celebrity now, he must charge loads anyway. Who pays his medical bills. Who’s he working for now? Is it Russia? Since he’s supposed to be working against USA. Funny, all his actions seem directed against the Muslims instead of USA. No wonder, US officials were giving Pakistani officials a lecture about having a common enemy the other day…

    He’s sure giving Muslims a bad name and then killing them – he threatens to kill somebody in America or Europe and they rain bombs on Muslims all over the place. Is human life so cheap? Or is it the tone of your skin, I wonder? (You know, you must have heard the American idiom or is it a saying, “give a dog a bad name and then hang him?”)

    A guy responsible for so much death and destruction should commit suicide himself. Why doesn’t he? Is he cardboard or a real person with emotions? How can he get up in the mornings if he’s real? Does he wake up and say, “How many people should I kill today?” Can a human being behave like that? I simply can’t imagine.

    These are some of the questions no one answers for me! They think I am just kidding around. Well, what do you think? Am I joking? I am not laughing though. Waste of so much human life can never be a laughing matter, whatever their skin tone or stated religion.

    Miliband warns of terror threat after ‘Bin Laden’ tape aired
    Danger of attack still ‘very real’ says foreign secretary after tape claims responsibility for Detroit plane bomb attempt

    Mark Tran
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 24 January 2010 11.58 GMT

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/osama-bin-laden-david-miliband-detroit-bomb

    Bin Laden threatens new attacks
    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/755318–bin-laden-threatens-new-attacks

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  16. Jan 25th 2010 – Monday –

    London conference on Afghanistan’s future
    By Guy Jackson (AFP) – 3 hours ago
    LONDON — Stabilising Afghanistan so NATO troops can hand power to locals will top the agenda at world power talks in London this week, with the heightened threat from Al-Qaeda in Yemen also centre stage.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hkuvlnxSzT7mlS5QuymDKgN7Ycvw

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  17. US drone ‘crashes in Waziristan’
    A suspected US drone aircraft has crashed in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, officials and local residents say.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8478213.stm

    A role for China
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 24 Jan, 2010

    Although think tanks in the United States are working overtime to solve the Pakistan ‘problem’, their final reports are drawing rather obvious conclusions: choking terror funding and promoting economic development. However, a new think tank report suggesting that the US and China put the stabilisation of Pakistan on top of their bilateral agenda raises an interesting prospect for combating regional terrorism.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-huma-yusuf-a-role-for-china-410-hh-03

    NATO Commander Hopes for Peace Deal With Taliban
    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/NATO-Commander-Hopes-for-Peace-Deal-With-Taliban-82584247.html

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  18. Jan 26th 2010 – Tuesday –

    Taliban leaders may join Afghan govt: US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The commander of US forces in Afghanistan said in an interview published on Monday that senior Taliban leaders could join a new government in Kabul.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+taliban-leaders-may-join-afghan-govt-us-610-za-08

    and for Pakistan, DO More!!!

    Obama aide James Jones seeks greater Pakistan action
    Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010

    WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s national security adviser on Monday called for Pakistan to see greater urgency in the fight against extremism and pledged that Washington was committed for the long haul.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-pakistan-action-jones-qs-01

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  19. Jan 28th 2010 – Thursday –

    Iran faces consequences over nuclear program: Obama
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said his focus on nuclear disarmament had strengthened U.S. diplomacy in dealing with North Korea and Iran, and he warned Tehran faced “growing consequences” over its nuclear program

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60R1GA20100128

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  20. Pakistan’s Fickle Ally
    Washington must stick by Islamabad.
    By Sumit Ganguly | NEWSWEEK
    Published Oct 9, 2009
    From the magazine issue dated Oct 19, 2009

    President Obama is on the verge of signing legislation that would grant $7.5 billion in new aid to Pakistan over the next five years, most of it in the form of economic assistance designed to strengthen the alliance and induce Pakistan to move more aggressively against the Taliban and Al Qaeda

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/217022

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  21. Jan 30th 2010 — Sat ur day — This is really funny! Now, Bin Laden is using his celebrity sta tus to “do good!”
    Is he try ing to improve his press?

    Bin Laden Adds Cli mate Change to List of Griev ances Against U.S.
    By JACK HEALY
    Pub lished: Jan u ary 29, 2010
    Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, blamed the United States and devel oped coun tries for not halt­ing cli mate change and said that the global econ omy should imme di ately aban don its reliance on the Amer i­can dol lar, accord ing to an audio tape released Fri day by the broad caster Al Jazeera.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/world/middleeast/30binladen.html

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  22. fareeha says:

    NATO troops clash with Afghan allies
    Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:37am EST
    * NATO air strike hits Afghan army outpost after clash

    * Interpreter kills two U.S. soldiers
    * NATO kills two civilians in separate incident

    By Asif Andalib

    SALAR, Afghanistan, Jan 30 (Reuters) – NATO troops clashed with their Afghan allies in a so-called “friendly fire” incident on Saturday, calling in air strikes that killed four Afghan soldiers and stoked anger among villagers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE60T0C7

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  23. fareeha says:

    Karzai urges Taliban talks before U.S. pullout

    KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban fighters should drop their demand that U.S. and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan before peace talks can be held, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday, saying talks would make it easier for troops to leave.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60U0VD20100131

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  24. fareeha says:

    Indian goods being taken to Nato troops via Pakistan
    By Khawar Ghumman
    Monday, 01 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Despite Pakistan’s refusal to let Indian products be taken to Afghanistan through its territory under the Afghan Transit Trade (ATT), Indian goods are being taken to the country via Pakistan under the tags of Isaf and Nato.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/13+indian-goods-being-taken-to-nato-troops-via-pakistan-120-za-07

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  25. Pak sacrificed the most in war on terror: Kayani
    Upadated on: 01 Feb 10 10:15 PM
    RAWALPINDI: “Pakistan has suffered the maximum in terms of human and economic losses due to terrorism and violent extremism, but it has not dented the resolve of the nation and its armed forces to fight and finish terrorism in accordance with own national interests.” This was stated by COAS, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, while talking to a group of foreign correspondents on his return from Brussels, where he had gone to attend the conference of NATO commanders on a special invitation, Inter-Services Public Relations stated Monday.

    http://www.samaa.tv/News16654-Pak_sacrificed_the_most_in_war_on_terror_Kayani.aspx

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  26. US military chief warns Taliban gaining influence
    Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The top US military officer on Tuesday urged Congress to approve billions of dollars for the war in Afghanistan, saying the Taliban was gaining influence across the country.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-us-military-chief-warns-taliban-gaining-influence-rs-03

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  27. fareeha says:

    Despite US pressure, China favors talks on Iran
    Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:10:19 GMT

    Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday underlined the ‘urgent’ need for the continuation of talks over the Iranian nuclear issue.

    “It is urgent to continue the negotiations, the dialogue,” the Chinese minister told reporters after talks with his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=117784&sectionid=351020104

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  28. fareeha says:

    Pakistan nuclear arsenal safe: Top US spy chief
    Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s military knows there would be “catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan,” if any of its nuclear bombs fell into the wrong hands, the top US intelligence official said Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-pakistan-nuclear-arsenal-safe-top-us-spy-chief-rs-06

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  29. fareeha says:

    ‘Pakistan key player in reintegration process’
    Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: British Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell said on Wednesday that there can be no talks of reintegration with about 20 per cent of the Taliban fighters.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-pakistan-key-player-in-reintegration-process-rammell-ss-03

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  30. In battle for hearts and minds Taliban show up the real idiots
    PAUL MCGEOUGH
    February 5, 2010
    BEWARE of military commanders who trumpet victory – especially as they prepare for battle. And if, as one of them argues, he confronts just “hundreds of idiots”, why has the world superpower and its allies not been able to defeat this ”idiot” enemy in eight gruelling years of war?

    As a combined American, British and Afghan force assembles for an assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marja, described as a ”festering sore” in fractious Helmand province, the generals would do well to remember repeated warnings that the Afghanistan conflict will not be won militarily.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/in-battle-for-hearts-and-minds-taliban-show-up-the-real-idiots-20100204-ngab.html

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  31. Pakistan is my biggest worry: Biden
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 12 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Vice-President Joe Biden has said the security situation in Pakistan worries him the most, more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-pakistan+is+my+biggest+worry+biden-hs-07

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  32. Russia Seeks Quid Pro Quo to Rein Iran In
    By JOHN VINOCUR
    Published: February 15, 2010

    Russia, it would seem, is finally making some of the right noises about tougher sanctions against Iran. Excellent.

    But is it being reflexively suspicious to ask what’s the deal, where’s the catch, the quid pro quo that the United States and/or its friends will be pressed to concede in return?

    You can assume that Russia, never amused by the notion of a potential nuclear armed Islamic power on its southern flank, has been waiting for the right moment when its status as Iran’s major arms supplier and purveyor of civilian nuclear wherewithal could be leveraged into maximum yield.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/world/middleeast/16iht-politicus.html

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  33. Last update – 10:10 16/02/2010
    Turkey FM arrives in Iran to discuss growing nuclear row
    By Haaretz Service
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Iran on Tuesday for talks with top officials centered on Tehran’s contentious nuclear program.

    Davutoglu’s one-day visit came as world powers were growing increasingly concerned over Iran’s atomic development, which the West believes is aimed at producing nuclear weapons.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1150168.html

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  34. Iran hits back at U.S. over dictatorship comment
    Reuters
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010; 3:07 AM

    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran hit back at the United States on Tuesday for saying the Islamic state was moving toward a military dictatorship, accusing Washington of pursuing wrong policies in the Middle East.

    “They themselves are involved in a sort of military dictatorship and have practically ignored the realities and the truths in the region,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, according to ISNA news agency.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/16/AR2010021600526.html

    Iran Responds Sharply to Clinton’s Dictatorship Remark
    By ALAN COWELL
    Published: February 16, 2010

    Locked in a sharpening confrontation with the United States, Iran on Tuesday rejected an assertion by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that it was becoming a military dictatorship, saying America itself answered to that description.

    The foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, “raised questions about the United States military dictatorship in the region,” the English-language Press TV broadcaster said, accusing Washington of practicing “modern deceit” and using “fake words” to disguise its intentions in the Persian Gulf area.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/world/middleeast/17iran.html

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  35. Turkey army issues warning after ‘coup plot’ arrests
    Turkey’s army has warned of a “serious” situation after 40 senior military figures were arrested over an alleged plot to topple the government.

    All top generals and admirals met at the military headquarters to evaluate the investigation, the military said.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8531486.stm

    Iran, GCC call Hamas assassination act of ‘terror’
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    DUBAI — The Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council joined on Tuesday the chorus denouncing the murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai, both calling it an act of terror and Tehran squarely laying the blame on Israel.

    “The Dubai assassination is an act of state terrorism on the part of Israel,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a report by state-run Press TV.

    “Israel’s existence is itself based on terrorist activities,” Mehmanparast said.

    The Iranian spokesman also described the assassination of the Palestinian militant as an “embarrassment for Europe.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gxhj6KF13gyKg47yR1kLxKAqxHYA

    Palestinian state a ‘vital interest’ for Israel: Abbas
    (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    BRUSSELS — The creation of an independent Palestine is a “vital interest” for Israel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday, while reiterating his refusal to enter talks unless Jewish settlement building ends.

    “An independent Palestinian state is a vital interest for Israel,” the Palestinian Authority head said during exchanges with Belgian senators and deputies in Brussels.

    “We all hope that a just and durable peace… in a state living peacefully with Israel,” could bring “peace and stability to the whole region,” said Abbas, who was set to meet EU president Herman Van Rompuy and Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme later in the day.

    While seeing “no alternative to negotiations”, Abbas stressed that these could not begin “while Israel continues the colonisation” of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem through the building up of Jewish settlements.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iT2MUXT7fd69mLAGx4ypSMxruZCw

    Iran Letter Repeats Nuclear Swap Terms Rejected by West
    By ALAN COWELL
    Published: February 23, 2010

    PARIS — Iran offered a formal, written response Tuesday to a Western-backed plan to defuse the crisis surrounding its nuclear ambitions, but Tehran’s reply was couched in terms the United States and its allies have already dismissed, according to Iranian accounts and diplomats.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/world/middleeast/24nuke.html

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  36. Iranian embassy confirms arrest of Abdul Malik Rigi

    ISLAMABAD/TEHRAN: Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran in Islamabad, Masha’allah Shakeri has confirmed the arrest of Abdul Malik Rigi, head of a banned outfit, Jandallah.

    According to a press release of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, Abdul Malik Rigi was arrested along with many of his accomplices on Tuesday by the Iranian security forces in eastern Iran.

    Abdul Malik Rigi and his terrorist outfit have indulged in many terrorists acts in the bordering areas of eastern Iran, says the press release.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=159164

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  37. Last update – 21:02 23/02/2010
    Netanyahu: Abbas remarks on heritage sites are lies, hypocrisy
    By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said Israel is obligated to ensure the freedom of religion for all faiths at all holy sites, in a response to allegations from Palestinian leaders that Israel’s heritage sites could spark a religious war.

    “We are talking about a campaign of lies and hypocrisy,” read a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, issued after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s addition of two West Bank sites to its national heritage list a dangerous provocation, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new uprising against Israel.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1151763.html

    Abbas, Haniyeh: Heritage sites will ignite a war
    Palestinian president, Hamas leader in Gaza warn of religious war or new intifada following Israeli cabinet’s decision to declare Cave of Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb national heritage sites. ‘This is a serious provocation,’ Abbas says in Brussels

    Ali Waked
    Published: 02.23.10, 16:44 / Israel News

    The cabinet’s decision to include Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs in the list of national heritage sites may ignite a war, Palestinian leaders say. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that the Israeli decision about the two sites, located in Hebron and Bethlehem, was “a serious provocation which may lead to a religious war.”
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3853485,00.html

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  38. Iran says new IAEA head’s report misleading, biased
    Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:28pm EST

    By Sylvia Westall

    VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran accused the new head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Wednesday of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report on Iran’s atomic activities, saying he omitted important information.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency report, the first issued since Yukiya Amano became director-general, suggested Iran was actively chasing a nuclear weapons capability rather than that it had done so in the past.

    http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE61N5K320100224

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  39. Russian general: Arms deal with US reached ‘soon’
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 10:26 AM

    MOSCOW — Russia’s top military officer says that Moscow and Washington are likely to sign a new nuclear arms control deal soon.

    Gen. Nikolai Makarov said in televised remarks Wednesday that negotiations between Moscow and Washington were “very complicated,” but the negotiators have reached agreement on most issues relating to the deal.

    The new accord will succeed the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that expired Dec. 5.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/24/AR2010022402184.html

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  40. Clinton eyes quick resumption of Mideast talks
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s hopeful that long-stalled peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians will resume soon.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/24/AR2010022402482.html

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  41. Fresh clashes erupt in West Bank over holy sites plan
    Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010

    HEBRON: Around 100 Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Hebron over an Israeli plan to renovate two deeply contested holy sites in the occupied territory.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-fresh-clashes-erupt-in-west-bank-town-over-holy-sites-plan-sk-38

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  42. Britain, Ireland contact passport holders over Hamas hit
    Agence France-PresseFebruary 24, 2010

    LONDON – Britain and Ireland were Wednesday contacting the holders of more passports suspected of being used by the killers of a top Hamas figure in Dubai, as London said it expected “full Israeli co-operation.”

    Police said they were now seeking 26 suspects over the killing of Mahmud al-Mabhuh on January 20. These included 15 new names including six British and three Irish passport holders.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Britain+Ireland+contact+passport+holders+over+Hamas/2607978/story.html

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  43. Turkey’s Gul seeks to calm military ‘coup plot’ fears
    Turkey’s president has said tensions over an alleged military coup plot will be resolved within the law, after meeting the head of the armed forces.

    Abdullah Gul made the statement after a summit with PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and armed forces chief Gen Ilker Basbug.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8536216.stm

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  44. Iran, Syria brush aside U.S. call to weaken alliance
    By Roueida Mabardi, Agence France-PresseFebruary 25, 2010 3:01 PM

    DAMASCUS – The presidents of Syria and Iran signed a visa-scrapping accord on Thursday, signalling even closer ties and brushing aside U.S. efforts to drive a wedge between the two allies.

    “I am surprised by their call to keep a distance between the countries . . . when they raise the issue of stability and peace in the Middle East, and all the other beautiful principles,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a news conference in Damascus with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/Iran+Syria+brush+aside+call+weaken+alliance/2612701/story.html

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  45. Analysis: Ahmadinejad’s visit to Syria delivers snub to US
    By JONATHAN SPYER
    25/02/2010 22:18

    Damascus trip is testimony to the enduring strength of the Iran-led “resistance bloc” in the region, and to Syria’s membership in it.

    The visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to Damascus is testimony to the enduring strength of the Iran-led “resistance bloc” in the region, and to Syria’s membership in it. It is hard not to see it also as a calculated snub by the Syrian president to the US administration.

    US officials have been active and vocal in recent days in expressing their hopes of what will result from the current policy of engagement with Damascus. It is only a few days since the US named its new ambassador to Syria – the first since diplomatic relations were broken off in 2005. By hosting the Iranian president in his capital, Bashar Assad once more drove home the point that he has unambiguously stressed throughout: Syria’s alliance with Iran is deep and multi-dimensional. It also isn’t going anywhere, any time soon.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=169698

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  46. US presses Brazil on Iran sanctions
    By MATTHEW LEE
    The Associated Press
    Thursday, February 25, 2010; 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is making a face-to-face argument to Brazil to support tough new U.N. sanctions against Iran, with upcoming visits by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and another senior diplomat.

    Brazil now holds a voting seat on the U.N. Security Council, and its support is important as the U.S. argues Iran should be penalized for refusing to come clean on its suspect nuclear program. Brazil has been cool to the prospect of hitting Iran with new sanctions.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022502914.html

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  47. Dubai hit squad underestimated police: expert
    By Ashley Hall
    Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    A former top level US intelligence official says the assassination in Dubai of a Hamas operative has all the hallmarks of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.

    He believes the Israeli operatives badly bungled the job because they underestimated the competency of the Dubai police.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/26/2831801.htm?section=justin

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  48. Hebron: Dozens hurl stones at IDF forces

    Riots resume in West Bank city following cabinet decision to include holy sites in national heritage list. Security forces respond with crowd dispersal means. Palestinian PM Fayyad prays in Cave of Patriarchs. Earlier, security forces clash with some 300 Palestinians, left-wing activists near Nablus

    Ali Waked
    Published: 02.26.10, 13:33 / Israel News

    Dozens of young Palestinians rioted and hurled stones at Israel Defense Forces soldiers stationed near Hebron’s Pharmacy Junction on Friday afternoon in protest of a cabinet decision to include the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb in a list of national heritage sites slated for renovation.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3854961,00.html

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  49. Assad hosts Nasrallah, Ahmadinejad for 3-way meet
    By Jack Khoury and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent
    Tags: Israel news, Bashar Assad

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah met in Damascus late Thursday, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station has reported.

    The three held their meeting over dinner at the presidential palace, accompanied by senior advisers from all three sides. This was the first time a Nasrallah visit to Damascus has been reported.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1152592.html

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  50. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in ‘coup plot’ warning
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that conspirators in an alleged plot to sow chaos and provoke a coup will face justice.

    “No one is above law, no one has impunity,” he told a gathering of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8538484.stm

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  51. EU: Goods made at Jewish settlements are not Israeli
    The European Court of Justice has ruled that Israeli goods made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank cannot be considered Israeli.

    This means goods made by Israelis or Jews in the West Bank cannot benefit from a trade deal giving Israel preferential access to EU markets.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8538251.stm

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  52. UN deplores Gaddafi call for anti-Swiss ‘jihad’
    A top UN official has condemned as “inadmissible” Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s call for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland.

    “Such declarations on the part of the head of state are inadmissible in international relations,” said Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the UN chief in Geneva.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8538474.stm

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  53. Dubai cameras shine light on killers’ dark arts
    LONDON (Reuters) – Suspected Israeli assassins have inadvertently given the world an unusual master class in clandestine killing in broadcast surveillance video of them going about their murderous trade.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61P2JA20100226

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  54. Conspiracy theories galore
    By Ayesha Siddiqa
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    I COULDN’T believe my ears when responsible quarters informed me of an American-Blackwater conspiracy to isolate Pakistan.

    According to this heinous plan the objective will be achieved by infiltrating the media, specifically through placing people in responsible positions in the print and electronic media. These plants will then be made responsible for freaking out ordinary people.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/13+ayesha-siddiqa-conspiracy-theories-galore-620-za-01

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  55. Iran, Syria mock U.S. policy; Ahmadinejad speaks of Israel’s ‘annihilation’

    By Howard Schneider
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Friday, February 26, 2010

    JERUSALEM — The presidents of Iran and Syria on Thursday ridiculed U.S. policy in the region and pledged to create a Middle East “without Zionists,” combining a slap at recent U.S. overtures and a threat to Israel with an endorsement of one of the region’s defining alliances.

    The Obama administration is trying to build an international coalition behind economic sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s uranium-enrichment program, which the United States and others fear is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. The United States also recently announced that it will send an ambassador to Damascus after a five-year absence, part of an effort to weaken Syria’s relations with Iran and discourage the country’s support for militant groups antagonistic to Israel.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022505089.html

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  56. Ukraine’s ‘Dysfunctional Democracy’ May Linger (Update1)
    February 26, 2010, 5:45 AM EST

    Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Newly inaugurated Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych may be forced to share power with rival Yulia Tymoshenko for as long as six months as he searches for the votes to oust her as premier or calls new parliamentary elections.

    The president’s lack of a ruling majority in the 450-seat parliament threatens to deprive the former Soviet republic of the stability needed to combat Europe’s deepest recession and revive investor confidence.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-26/ukraine-s-dysfunctional-democracy-may-linger-update1-.html

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  57. Dubai police to Mossad chief: Confess to Mabhouh murder or issue denial

    Dahi Khalfan Tamim calls on Dagan to ‘own up to his crime or deny Mossad’s involvement in Mabhouh hit’; urges Arab states to thoroughly check Jews carrying non-Israeli passports

    Roee Nahmias
    Published: 02.27.10, 12:05 / Israel News

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3855160,00.html

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  58. UK troops to remain in Afghanistan ‘for five years’
    Britain will be “militarily engaged” in Afghanistan for a further five years, the head of the Army has said.

    General Sir David Richards told the Daily Telegraph, while on a visit to Helmand, that he expected the military conflict to “trail off in 2011”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8540402.stm

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  59. Fanning the flames
    A row about holy places threatens to engulf the Holy Land in new violence

    Feb 26th 2010 | From The Economist online

    The leaders of Israel and Palestine, Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, are trying, separately, to contain a week-long wave of riots in West Bank cities that threatens to turn into a new Palestinian uprising. Yet the two men themselves ignited the religious passions that fuel this latest violence. And, while they now seek to control the flames, they are both still feeding them with disingenuous, incendiary statements, instead of putting them out.

    http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=15585520&source=hptextfeature

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  60. Indian premier in groundbreaking Saudi visit
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    RIYADH: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on the first visit by an Indian premier to the oil kingpin in 28 years with energy imports, Middle East peace and militancy on the agenda, reports AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-indian-pm-on-visit-to-saudi-arabia-zj-07

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  61. Hamas man ‘drugged and suffocated’ in Dubai
    A Hamas commander who was killed in his Dubai hotel room was drugged and then suffocated, according to results of forensic tests released by police.

    Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s killers used a quick-acting muscle relaxant to help make the death seem “natural”, a senior Dubai police officer said.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8541612.stm

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  62. Iranian insurgent group chooses new leader

    (AP) – 5 hours ago

    CAIRO — An insurgent group in southeastern Iran announced the selection of a new leader after its founder was captured by Iranian forces, according to the group’s Web site.

    The Jundallah insurgency, which says it’s fighting for equal rights for the Sunni minority in southeast Iran, has named al-Hajj Mohammed Dhahir Baluch as the new leader.

    “The movement is more than its leader,” said the statement posted in Arabic Saturday. “With firm determination and strong will it will continue on the path of jihad till the last drop of blood.”

    An earlier version of the statement appeared on the site in Farsi Friday.

    The statement described the “painful event” of former leader Abdulmalik Rigi’s capture on Tuesday, but said all the tribes of Baluchistan had pledged allegiance to the new leader.

    In an earlier statement acknowledging Rigi’s capture Wednesday, Jundallah said U.S., Afghan and Pakistani intelligence played a major role in trailing Rigi’s movements.

    Iran, however, said there was no help from other nations in the capture and instead has accused the U.S. of supporting the insurgent group.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gyOxMZGzm_5ScK16psO7NFK4MOAAD9E52PMG0

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  63. Israel: Syria won’t detach from Iran
    By HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    28/02/2010 03:59

    Ya’alon holds “useful” talks with China, discusses sanctions on Teheran.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Damascus last week was a signal that Syria will not end its alliance with the Islamic Republic, a senior Israeli diplomatic official told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

    During his visit, Ahmadinejad warned that “if the Zionist regime wants to repeat its past mistakes, this will constitute its demise and annihilation,” and promised that “the Zionist regime” would soon come to an end.
    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=169811

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  64. Israel distributes new gas masks to civilians: army
    Sunday, 28 Feb, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday began distributing new gas masks for civilians to use in a possible chemical or biological attack, the army said.

    “The civil defence has asked the Israeli postal service to begin distributing gas masks on an experimental basis to the residents of Or Yehuda,”a military spokesman told AFP, referring to an area near Tel Aviv.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-israel+distributes+new+gas+masks+to+civilians+army-hs-07

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  65. ME anger at Israeli ‘escalations’
    Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors over the issue of holy sites have provoked a wave of condemnation in the Arab press for Israel’s behaviour.

    On Sunday several Palestinians were arrested after Israeli security forces entered one of Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem. The incident followed clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on Friday over Israel’s decision to list two disputed shrines as heritage sites.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8543120.stm

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  66. Dubai Hit: Police Say They Know How Mahmoud al-Mabhouh Was Killed
    Police Accuse Israel’s Mossad of Suffocating Hamas Commander With His Own Pillow
    By SIMON McGREGOR-WOOD
    March 1, 2010
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/dubai-hit-police-mahmoud-al-mabhouh-killed/story?id=9973592

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  67. Hamas murder: Aussie-Israelis face Dubai ban

    * Assassination of Hamas leader reason for sanctions
    * Police will spot Israelis from the way they look and talk
    * Ban may stop Aussie-Israelis from using city as stopover

    DUAL Israeli nationals will be banned from entering Dubai in a sanction that police say will be enforced by recognising “physical features and the way they speak”.

    It is the first reprisal for Israel’s suspected role in the murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January and could affect dual Australian-Israeli citizens using the city as a stopover.
    http://www.news.com.au/national/hamas-murder-aussie-israelis-face-dubai-ban/story-e6frfkvr-1225836305738

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  68. Russia says still room for diplomacy with Iran
    PARIS (Reuters) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday there was still room for diplomacy rather than sanctions to produce a solution to the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6211H820100302

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  69. Israelis doing business in Dubai will wait out storm
    By RON FRIEDMAN
    03/03/2010 05:11

    “The whole world wants Israeli hi-tech, agricultural and medical products, and that includes in the UAE.”

    A day after Dubai police chief Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim said travelers suspected of being Israeli would not be allowed into the country, Israeli businesspeople who visit there regularly said his statement was mostly hot air.

    The police chief made the statement following the killing of senior Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the city, an act the Emirates authorities blame on the Mossad. He said the authorities would identify holders of Israeli passports even if they traveled under foreign passports.

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=170057

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  70. Turkey takes on its ‘deep state’
    Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    I first went to Turkey as a young student in the early Sixties, and have returned many times to meet old friends, and explore this fascinating country. And while it has much to offer tourists, my attachment to it goes far deeper than the interest a casual visitor takes in a place he is travelling through briefly.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-irfan-husain-turkey-takes-on-its-deep-state-330-zj-06

    Tensions in Turkey
    Dawn Editorial
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010
    Besides testifying to the continuation of tensions between secular and religious elements in Turkey, recent events in the country also show unmistakable signs of the gradual ascendancy of democratic forces.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-tensions-in-turkey-330-zj-03

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  71. PM hopeful on restarting peace talks
    By JPOST.COM STAFF
    04/03/2010 15:15

    Netanyahu mentions Arab League’s green light, upcoming visits by Biden, Mitchell.
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday expressed hope that the visits of US Vice President Joe Biden and special Mideast envoy George Mitchell to Israel next week will help restart the peace process with the Palestinians, even if it would initially be in the form of indirect negotiations.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=170218

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  72. China’s military spending slows, on paper

    After more than two decades of double-digit annual growth in defense spending, Beijing announced its budget would grow 7.5 percent in 2010. But analysts say China’s military spending is only slowing on paper.
    China’s military spending will grow by 7.5 percent in 2010, the smallest increase in more than two decades of double-digit yearly growth, Beijing announced Thursday.
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2010/0304/China-s-military-spending-slows-on-paper

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  73. Media ask: What next for genocide vote?
    Armenian and Turkish media express a sense of déjà vu over the vote by a US congressional panel which described the killing of Armenians during World War I as genocide.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8551926.stm

    Azerbaijan: US ‘genocide’ vote hurts stability
    Turkish ally says House panel resolution labeling WWI mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as ‘genocide’ could ‘reduce to zero all previous efforts’ to resolve conflict over Armenian-backed rebel region of Nagorno-Karabakh
    Reuters
    Published: 03.05.10, 19:17 / Israel News

    Turkish ally Azerbaijan on Friday condemned as a blow to regional stability a US House panel resolution labeling the World War I mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as “genocide”.

    Oil-producing Azerbaijan, a close Muslim and Turkic-speaking ally of Turkey, said the resolution adopted on Thursday “could reduce to zero all previous efforts” to resolve the conflict over the Armenian-backed rebel region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3858429,00.html

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  74. Ukraine and Russia vow ‘new page’ in ties
    By Alexander Osipovich (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    MOSCOW — Ukraine’s new President Viktor Yanukovych vowed Friday to end years of acrimony with giant neighbour Russia, as he paid his first visit to Moscow since taking office last week.

    “This five-year period has given us the opportunity to open a new page in our relations,” Yanukovych said, referring to his five-year term, following talks with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev.

    Medvedev said Moscow and Kiev would work to resolve irritants that had accumulated under Yanukovych’s predecessor, Viktor Yushchenko, who angered Russia by seeking to bring Ukraine into the NATO military alliance.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iWCNTSmj-bLIlwE1vb3q6ltmRbCg

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  75. US sees “critical role” for Japan on Iran
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    TOKYO: A top US official said Friday Japan has “a very critical role” to play in international efforts to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions as the West pitches new sanctions against Tehran, reports AFP.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-us-sees-critical-role-for-japan-on-iran-zj-11

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  76. US accepts Pakistan as a declared nuclear state
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 06 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has implicitly accepted Pakistan’s status as a declared nuclear weapons state, countering conspiracy theories that the United States is secretly plotting to seize the country’s nuclear assets, says a US media report.

    Another media report says that President Barack Obama plans to host talks between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next month when they will be in Washington on April 12 for a nuclear security summit.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-us+accepts+pakistan+as+a+declared+nuclear+state-hs-03

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  77. Jerusalem run-ins hurt dozens
    Palestinians, Israelis clash as tensions mount ahead of peace negotiations
    By ALASTAIR MACDONALD, ReutersMarch 6, 2010 5:08 AM
    Dozens of people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank yesterday, as tension over land and holy sites mounted ahead of a relaunch of U.S.-mediated peace negotiations.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Jerusalem+hurt+dozens/2648350/story.html

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  78. Last update – 10:18 06/03/2010
    Jewish lobby behind U.S. Armenia genocide vote, Arabic paper claims
    By Haaretz Service
    Tags: Israel news, Turkey
    Pro-Israel activists manipulated Congress to damage Turkey, says London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

    Jewish lobbyists contrived a U.S. congressional vote that labeled the World War One-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces as genocide, a London-based Arabic-language newspaper claimed on Saturday.

    Pro-Israel lobbyists had previously backed Turkey on the issue ? but changed tack in retaliation for Turkish condemnation of Israel’s policies in the Gaza Strip, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily said in an editorial, according to Israel Radio reports

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1154423.html

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  79. Western sanctions draft targets Iran’s banks abroad
    Saturday, 06 Mar, 2010

    UNITED NATIONS: A Western proposal for fresh UN sanctions on Iran includes a call for restricting new Iranian banks abroad and urges “vigilance” against the Islamic Republic’s central bank, diplomats said on Friday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/14-western-sanctions-draft-targets-irans-banks-abroad-zj-04

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  80. ‘Israeli actions against int’l law’
    By ABE SELIG, JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP
    07/03/2010 03:43

    Islamic nations, PA chief warn of religious war after Temple Mount riots.

    Friday’s clashes on the Temple Mount between police and Arab youths throwing rocks onto Jews worshiping at the Western Wall sparked international responses ranging from concern to anger.

    Eighteen policemen were lightly wounded while attempting to restore order after Arab youths emerging from Friday prayers started hurling rocks down onto those worshiping at the Wall. Having restored calm by use of stun grenades and following helpful intervention by other Muslim worshipers to defuse the clash, police eventually withdrew in coordination with the Wakf Islamic trust to allow older worshipers to leave the Mount.
    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=170362

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  81. Israel ‘risking peace talks’ with West Bank building
    Israel has authorised the building of 112 new apartments in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

    This comes as US Vice-President Joe Biden flies to the region, becoming the highest ranking US official to visit since Barack Obama took office.

    On Sunday, Palestinian Authority leaders in the West Bank agreed to indirect talks with Israel.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8555300.stm

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  82. Use of force should not be last option, says Mullen
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 07 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: In the fight against religious extremists, the use of military force should be the first and not the last option, says Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen who also believes that the Pak-Afghan border area will play a key role in the larger war against terrorism.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-use-of-force-should-not-be-last-option%2C-says-mullen-730-rs-06

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  83. Baghdad holds key as Iraq awaits initial vote results

    By Rory Mulholland (AFP) – 5 hours ago

    BAGHDAD — Iraq awaited initial results Tuesday from polls touted as a test of its young democracy, with Baghdad holding the key as the prime minister’s list and its top secular rival jockeyed for pole position.

    Thirty percent of votes were due to be counted by the evening, giving Iraq’s complex range of political blocs their first official indication of how they fared in the second general election since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein.

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite who helped ease the country’s deadly sectarian strife, emerged Monday as the front-runner, according to estimates AFP obtained from officials across the country.

    But he could yet face a tough battle to cling to power after the vote on Sunday that saw millions defy bomb, mortar and rocket attacks which killed 38 people to cast their ballots.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hYLuQwbSE0CetjSEhK0hbWdJv5eA

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  84. In Israel, Biden says U.S. dedication to nation’s security is ‘absolute’
    The vice president emphasizes America’s ties with Israel in meetings with top officials. The trip is intended to smooth over strained relations between the two governments.

    By Paul Richter

    March 9, 2010 | 6:20 a.m.
    Reporting from Jerusalem – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday began an effort to heal strained ties with Israel, pledging a total U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and declaring that the bonds between the nations were “unbreakable.”
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-biden-israel10-2010mar10,0,123115.story

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  85. Iran urges China to resist sanctions pressure

    By NASSER KARIMI (AP) – 2 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday urged China to resist pressure by the United States and its allies for new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

    Washington and other Western powers are seeking a new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran because of its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or a warhead.

    China, which has extensive trade ties with Iran, traditionally opposes sanctions but went along with three earlier rounds of limited sanctions.

    “We are hopeful that China will not be affected by other’s demands and will have its own independent policy. We hope such independent, powerful countries will block bullying powers,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixeFBxfLzaSjs8Mb8cuFmtPOT6-wD9EB4BU00

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  86. Last update – 16:55 10/03/2010
    Are peace talks doomed to fail before they start?
    By Carlo Strenger
    Tags: Barack Obama, Israel news
    There is a deep reason the majority of Israelis and Palestinians can’t move toward the two-state solution.

    After more than a year in which both Obama and Netanyahu have been in office, the truly minuscule movement of resuming indirect peace talks is currently the only achievement on the peace front. Whose fault is this? The Middle East has been prone to an endless blame game. The Palestinians accuse Israel of not wanting peace, and justifiably point to the proliferation of settlements in the West Bank. Israeli commentators point out that the Palestinians have opted out every time Israel proposes something that they should accept, as in the Taba Summit of 2001 and during Olmert’s talks with Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas).
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1155504.html

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  87. Analysis: Netanyahu outwits Obama again
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, basked in the glow of great praise on Tuesday morning from Joseph Biden, the US vice-president and the man a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in world.
    by Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
    Published: 6:00PM GMT 10 Mar 2010
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7414760/Analysis-Netanyahu-outwits-Obama-again.html

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  88. Israel’s Snub of Biden: More Than Just Bad Timing
    By Tony Karon Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1971053,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

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  89. World news roundup: Biden wraps up visit in Israel
    Friday, March 12, 2010

    ISRAEL

    Biden wraps up disputatious visit

    Vice President Biden on Thursday ended a visit to Israel that is likely to be remembered more for his dust-up with Israeli leaders over construction in East Jerusalem than for the admiration for the country that he voiced repeatedly throughout his four-day goodwill tour.

    Biden, in a speech at Tel Aviv University before leaving for Amman, Jordan, said he had no choice but to strongly condemn Israel’s approval of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem because it “undermined the trust required for productive negotiations” — and because President Obama told him to do so.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/11/AR2010031104231.html

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  90. Turkey and Sweden in Armenian ‘genocide’ row
    Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Sweden after Stockholm voted to describe the killing of Armenians in World War I as genocide.

    The Turkish Prime Minister has also cancelled a planned visit because of the resolution, which passed by just one vote in the Swedish parliament.

    It comes days after a US congressional panel passed a similar resolution.

    Fiona Werge reports.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8563570.stm

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  91. In Early Tally, Tight Iraq Race Deepens Splits
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s major coalitions were locked in a surprisingly close race on Thursday, in initial results from elections that deepened divisions across a fractured landscape. Candidates were quick to charge fraud, heightening concerns whether Iraq’s fledgling institutions were strong enough to support a peaceful transfer of power.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/world/middleeast/12iraq.html?src=me

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  92. world
    Israel seeks to patch up row over settlement plans
    Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010

    TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a public apology to the visiting US vice president, hoping to defuse a row over settlements that prompted a Palestinian boycott of indirect peace talks.

    Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Netanyahu’s statement but again criticised Israel’s decision to approve construction of 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in Arab east Jerusalem, announced during his visit this week.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-israel-seeks-to-patch-up-row-over-settlement-plans-sk-55

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  93. Gates appeals to Saudis to back sanctions on Iran
    Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010

    RIYADH: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday appealed to Saudi leaders to back a US-led drive for tough sanctions against Iran in a visit to Riyadh and came away “hopeful,” his press secretary said.

    Gates met King Abdullah and the Saudi crown prince as part of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic push for fresh UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, seeking help from an oil-rich ally amid opposition from China, reports AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-gates-appeals-to-saudis-to-back-sanctions-on-iran-zj-01

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  94. US diplomatic rift with Israel widens after settler plan
    The United States thwarted an Israeli attempt to play down a diplomatic rift between the two countries on Sunday by renewing its condemnation of plans to build new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

    By Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem
    Published: 5:11PM GMT 14 Mar 2010

    After days of uncharacteristically caustic criticism from Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, suggested that claims of a crisis between the Jewish state and its superpower patron were overblown.

    “I suggest not to get carried away and to calm down,” Mr Netanyahu told his cabinet.

    “We look at this morning’s newspapers and read all kinds of comments and analysis,” he said. “First of all, I suggest that we don’t get carried away. We know how to deal with these situations.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7442795/US-diplomatic-rift-with-Israel-widens-after-settler-plan.html

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  95. U.S.-Israel rift ‘historic’
    Netanyahu defies call to halt construction
    Patrick Moser, National Post Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said building in east Jerusalem would continue — a move likely to increase tensions with the United States as relations between the two countries plummet to their lowest in decades.

    Defying Washington, Mr. Netanyahu told members of his Likud party, “Construction will continue in Jerusalem as this has been the case over the past 42 years.”

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2686566

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  96. Yemen detains Iranian ship with 15 Pakistani sailors
    Tuesday, 16 Mar, 2010

    SANAA: Yemen’s security forces have detained an Iranian ship in Yemeni coastal waters off the island of Socotra because of suspicions about its cargo, and the crew are under investigation, state media said on Monday.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/yemen-detains-iranian-ship-with-15-pakistani-sailors-630

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  97. Al-Qaeda local chief killed in Yemen strike
    Monday, 15 Mar, 2010

    SANAA: A suspected Al-Qaeda chief was killed in a new wave of Yemeni air raids against the branch of the global terror network thought to be behind a botched US airliner bombing, an official said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-qaeda-local-chief-killed-in-yemen-strike-sk-61

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  98. Eighteen hurt in Bangladesh-India border clash
    Monday, 15 Mar, 2010

    DHAKA: At least 18 villagers were injured during a two-hour firefight between Indian and Bangladeshi troops across the troubled border, a security official in Dhaka said Monday.

    The shoot-out occurred Sunday after indigenous Indian tribal people entered Bangladeshi territory to fish, local border chief Colonel Jahirul Alam said.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/31-eighteen+injured+in+bangladesh-india+border+clash-ll-01

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  99. U.S. envoy’s Israel trip on hold as diplomatic crisis deepens
    By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Service and News Agencies
    George Mitchell delays regional visit pending Netanyahu’s reponse to U.S. demands.

    A visit to Israel by U.S. special peace envoy George Mitchell was on hold on Tuesday pending an Israeli response to a series of American demands.

    Mitchell had been due to leave Washington for Israel early on Monday but will delay his trip in a sign of the Obama administration’s growing anger at Israel’s refusal to stop building Jewish homes in east Jerusalem.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1156807.html

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  100. Clashes erupt in Jerusalem; US envoy cancels trip
    By AMY TEIBEL (AP) – 21 minutes ago
    JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinians in east Jerusalem set tires and garbage bins ablaze on Tuesday and hurled rocks at Israeli riot police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. The heaviest clashes in months broke out as an American envoy abruptly canceled a visit, deepening a U.S.-Israeli diplomatic feud.

    The violence spread from Arab neighborhood to Arab neighborhood across the eastern side of the volatile city. Angered by plans for more Jewish housing in predominantly Arab east Jerusalem and unsubstantiated rumors surrounding the rededication of an Old City synagogue, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces throughout the day.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD9EFQQ1G3

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  101. Israel’s Titanic moment: Does Obama want Bibi’s head?
    By Bradley Burston

    JERUSALEM – Hamas has designated this day, in this place, its Day of Rage. Why, then, the smiles on the faces of Mahmoud Zahar and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1156827.html

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  102. Last update – 14:48 17/03/2010
    Netanyahu’s fateful midlife crisis
    By Carlo Strenger

    The PM faces one big question: Will he continue stalling, or will he muster the courage for a bold move?

    At the best of times, being prime minister of Israel has never been an easy job. Now it is more difficult than ever, and Benjamin Netanyahu is faced with the most crucial moment of his political life. The U.S. administration is not leaving any doubt that it is sick and tired of Netanyahu. He has come to the same point as he did in his first term as prime minister a decade ago, when Bill Clinton’s administration no longer trusted him on anything. Connecting the current crisis exclusively to Eli Yishai’s East Jerusalem gaffe is short-sighted: It doesn’t take minds as experienced and acute as those of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and George Mitchell to see this gaffe as a symptom of Netanyahu’s endless maneuvering, rather than an unfortunate and momentary lack of communication with his interior minister.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1157086.html

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  103. Iran, Pakistan sign gas pipeline deal

    By Nasir Jaffry (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and Iran signed agreements Tuesday paving the way for a seriously-delayed 7.5 billion-dollar gas pipeline.

    The project has been trumpeted in Pakistan, which produces just 80 percent of the electricity it needs, as a partial answer to a crippling energy crisis in which has led to debilitating blackouts and suffocated industry.

    Pakistani Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar said the heads of agreement (HOA) and operational agreement (OA) signed in Turkey on Tuesday was a “historic achievement and a milestone towards meeting the energy needs of the country”.

    He expressed hope that “physical work will start soon enabling the gas into the system by the timeline”.

    The United States has been pushing for a pipeline to South Asian countries from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan that would bypass arch-foe Iran.

    Under the deal, Tehran is to supply 750 million cubic feet (21 million cubic metres) to one billion cubic feet per day to Pakistan by mid-2015, the Islamabad government said in a statement overnight.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hamnjNu_4cDvLOdG8xPPco05wG7A

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  104. Pressure Grows on U.S. to Tamp Down Its Spat With Israel
    By Tony Karon Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010
    Benjamin Netanyahu is clearly feeling lucky. As his skirmish with the Obama Administration over Israel’s settlement activity in East Jerusalem entered its second week on Tuesday, the Israeli Prime Minister was pushing back against Washington’s demands. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has put the onus on Israel to “demonstrate its commitment” to the peace process by reversing a plan to build new housing units in East Jerusalem (occupied by Israel since 1967); declaring its readiness to hold substantial negotiations with the Palestinians on all final-status issues (including Jerusalem, whose control by Israel Netanyahu has repeatedly insisted is non-negotiable); and making other gestures such as freeing Palestinian prisoners and easing the siege of Gaza. But the Israeli leader had insisted on Monday that Jerusalem construction plans won’t change, and on Tuesday he answered Clinton by saying that “the government of Israel has proven over the last year that it is committed to peace, both in words and actions.” Clearly, the Israeli leader is through eating crow following the furor caused by his government’s public humiliation of Vice President Joe Biden last week.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1972840,00.html

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  105. Maliki shores up coalition support in Iraqi election
    PAUL MCGEOUGH CHIEF CORRESPONDENT
    March 18, 2010

    SO NEAR and yet so far. Nouri Al-Maliki leads a coalition that can still emerge with the single biggest bloc of seats in Iraq’s parliament, but it is way too early to congratulate him on securing a second term as prime minister.

    In a nail-biting finish to vote counting after Iraq’s March 7 election, Mr Maliki’s State of Law coalition has stayed ahead of its nearest rival, the former prime minister Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiya coalition, this week.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/maliki-shores-up-coalition-support-in-iraqi-election-20100317-qfqm.html

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  106. Turkey in threat to expel Armenians
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has threatened to expel thousands of illegal Armenian workers amid tensions over allegations that their people were victims of genocide under the Ottoman Empire.

    Resolutions voted recently in the United States and Sweden to brand the World War I killings as genocide undermined peace efforts with Armenia, Erdogan told the BBC Turkish service.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/03/2010317142257170804.html

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  107. Clinton in Moscow for Mideast, nuclear arms talks

    By ROBERT BURNS (AP) – 1 hour ago

    MOSCOW — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday opened two days of talks with Russian leaders on nuclear arms control and other security issues and was meeting separately with top international diplomats on the outlook for bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks.

    Clinton arrived in the Russian capital after an overnight flight from Washington and was to be joined by the Obama administration’s special envoy for Mideast peace, George Mitchell, for talks with diplomats from Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. They were discussing the crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations and stalled efforts to restart Mideast peace negotiations.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jiyDzWt6bcYiU4B_0XWtbXaq74awD9EH3NF03

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  108. There’s more to U.S.-Israel crisis than Netanyahu vs. Obama
    By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
    If Obama is serious about advancing the peace process, he may have to make a substitution of his own.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the forum of seven senior ministers Wednesday for another round of marathon deliberations over his visit to Washington next week for the AIPAC conference.

    Netanyhau finds himself in an awkward position: The American Mideast envoy George Mitchell is apparently delaying his visit to Israel, and President Barack Obama has hinted that the he wants the head of Interior Minister Eli Yishai. These are good reasons for a few more comments on the only game in town at the moment – the crisis in Israel’s relationship with the U.S.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1157367.html

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  109. New US-Russia nuclear deal ‘soon’
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there has been “substantial” progress on a new nuclear disarmament deal with Russia.

    Mrs Clinton said on her visit to Moscow that she believed a final agreement on a new Strategic Arms Reduction (Start) treaty would come soon.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8574838.stm

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  110. US feels ‘sense of urgency’ on Iran nuclear issue

    (AFP) – 14 hours ago

    SHANNON, Ireland — US State Department official William Burns has insisted the United States feels a “sense of urgency” towards Iran’s nuclear programme, as he headed to Russia for a two-day visit.

    “We feel a sense of urgency, it’s time to demonstrate that there are consequences” to Tehran’s behaviour, said the under secretary for political affairs Wednesday who is accompanying US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    The US and Russia “steadily expand the common ground between us on Iran, and we work effectively together,” said a senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, ahead of the Moscow visit which starts Thursday.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5guFMN4CU0av83erjIuulqgXPxrEg

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  111. U.S. Mulls Own Plan for Mideast Talks
    By DAVID E. SANGER and ISABEL KERSHNER
    Published: March 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The angry exchanges between the United States and the Israeli government have rekindled a White House debate over whether — and when — President Obama should propose an American plan to form the basis of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/world/middleeast/18diplo.html?src=me

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  112. Clinton faults Russia plan to complete nuclear power plant in Iran
    By Mary Beth Sheridan
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Thursday, March 18, 2010; 1:00 PM

    MOSCOW — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday criticized Russia’s declaration that it would soon finish a nuclear power plant in Iran, saying the Islamic republic needs first to show it is not developing atomic weapons.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031801805.html?hpid=topnews

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  113. Turkish PM threatens to expel 100,000 Armenians over genocide vote

    Tayyip Erdogan says he ‘may have to tell these 100,000 to go back to their country’ after the 1915 Ottoman killings vote
    guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 March 2010 14.52 GMT

    Turkey’s prime minister has threatened to expel 100,000 Armenian immigrants after the US and Sweden agreed to describe first world war killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.

    Earlier this month, the US House committee on foreign affairs voted by 23-22 that the massacre of around 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 should be classified as genocide.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/18/turkey-threatens-expel-armenians-genocide

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  114. An Israeli exercise in hubris
    By Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010

    The ongoing row between Washington and Tel Aviv serves to show that the tail can wag the dog only for so long. After a while, even the most indulgent of uncles will stop handing out blank cheques to a spoiled nephew.

    The public — and unprecedented — rebukes emanating from the Obama administration will probably subside soon. But the underlying tension over the housing activities being carried out in blatant disregard for international law in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank will linger. Privately, Obama is said to be seething over the snub delivered to Vice President Biden — and by extension, to the United States — by the Israeli government. Already, he is frustrated by the Israeli refusal to halt construction activities in order to get the peace process moving. When he delivered his historic address in Cairo last year, one of the key points he made (to thunderous applause) was that new housing units in the occupied territories had to stop.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/14-irfan-husain-an-israeli-exercise-in-hubris-730-zj-03

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  115. Israel told to cease settlement activity
    Updated 1 hour 33 minutes ago
    The Middle East Quartet has urged Israel to stop building settlements and set a bold target for a final peace deal with the Palestinians by 2012.

    “The Quartet urges the government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity,” UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said after the meeting comprising representatives of the United States, the United Nations, European Union and Russia.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/20/2851299.htm

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  116. Middle East Quartet call on Israel to freeze settlements on second day of rocket attacks from Gaza

    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 3:49 PM on 19th March 2010

    Two Palestinians have been wounded as rockets continue to slam into southern Israel, the day after a farm worker was hit and killed by a strike from Gaza.

    Overnight, Israeli jets hit six targets inside Gaza used for the smuggling and production of weapons.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1259211/Two-Palestinians-wounded-Israeli-attack-Gaza.html

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  117. Russia says Iran letting chances for dialogue slip
    (Reuters) – Russia on Friday said that Iran was letting the opportunity for dialogue with the international community slip away and warned that the Islamic Republic could face new sanctions.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62I2EJ20100319

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  118. Analysis
    Experts wonder whether U.S. has a real Israel strategy or ‘talking points’

    By Glenn Kessler
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    The Obama administration signaled Friday that its 10-day spat with Israel may be nearing an end, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declaring to the BBC that the confrontation “is paying off” and would lead to a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031905591.html

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  119. Russia to back ‘smart’ Iran sanctions
    By ASSOCIATED PRESS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    20/03/2010 07:34

    Putin demands admission to WTO; Clinton: new nuclear reduction treaty in April.

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday that Russia may accede to a sanctions resolution on Iran, RIA state news agency reported, adding Putin went on to caution Clinton that sanctions “do not always help to resolve such an issue and that sometimes they can have a counterproductive impact”

    Putin “gave his appraisal of the situation in Iran and underlined that such a situation (involving Russian support of a sanctions resolution) was possible,” RIA quoted Putin’s deputy chief of staff Yuri Ushakov as saying.

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=171385

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  120. Israeli airstrikes wound 10 in Gaza
    Gaza, March 20, 2010
    First Published: 08:13 IST(20/3/2010)
    Last Updated: 08:15 IST(20/3/2010)

    Israeli F16 warplanes on Friday night carried out two successive airstrikes on southern Gaza Strip, wounding at least 10 people, in response to earlier rocket attacks on southern Israel, witnesses and medics said.

    The witnesses said Israeli warplanes targeted the inoperative Gaza airport east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. After a short while, Israeli warplanes struck two smuggling tunnels under the Gaza Strip-Egypt borders.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Israeli-airstrikes-wound-10/H1-Article1-521151.aspx

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  121. Obama renews Iran dialogue offer in Nowruz greeting
    US President Barack Obama has said that Washington’s offer of dialogue with Iran still stands, in his latest New Year message to the Iranian people.

    He said the Iranian government had “chosen to isolate itself” but that the US still wanted justice and dignity for Iranians, and less internet censorship.

    UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he hoped Iranians would be able to freely express their aspirations.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8577618.stm

    Obama renews call for Iran dialogue
    March 20, 2010 — Updated 0959 GMT (1759 HKT)
    (CNN) — President Obama reiterated his offer of dialogue with Tehran in a message on Saturday to mark the beginning of the Iranian new year.

    The online video, subtitled in Farsi, was timed to coincide with Nooroz, a festival celebrating the Persian new year. It pledged the administration’s commitment to a more hopeful future for Iran.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/20/iran.us.message/

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  122. War anniversary passes quietly
    Iraqis preoccupied with the wait for election results

    BAGHDAD — Seven years after the first bombs in the war to oust Saddam Hussein, Iraqis went about their business yesterday with little observance of the anniversary.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2010/03/20/war_anniversary_passes_quietly/

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  123. Clinton upbeat on Mid-East talks
    March 21, 2010

    THE strong US reaction to Israeli settlement plans is “paying off”, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, with Israeli-Palestinian negotiations expected to resume soon.

    The chief US diplomat sounded upbeat a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rang her to answer US concerns about settlements in East Jerusalem amid one of the worst rows in decades between the two allies.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/clinton-upbeat-on-mideast-talks-20100320-qnfy.html

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  124. Last update – 17:40 20/03/2010
    Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian boy in West Bank
    By News Agencies

    Sixteen-year-old killed by IDF rifle fire during violent protest outside Nablus, medics say.

    A Palestinian youth was killed and another seriously wounded on Saturday during a clash with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian
    hospital officials said.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1157673.html

    At least 12 hurt in Gaza airstrikes, Hamas says
    March 20, 2010 — Updated 0916 GMT (1716 HKT)
    (CNN) — At least 12 people were wounded by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, Hamas officials said Saturday.

    The strikes occurred Friday near Gaza’s defunct airport in southern Gaza, the officials said.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/03/20/gaza.airstrikes/?hpt=T2

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  125. Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in West Bank
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians Sunday at an army check post near the northern West Bank city of Nablus after they tried to stab a soldier, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

    The killings brings to four the number of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank over the weekend, the first Palestinian fatalities since clashes with Israeli security forces erupted early March.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-israeli-troops-shoot-palestinians-qs-12

    Tensions rise as Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians
    The military has killed four Palestinians over the weekend. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is soon to leave for Washington after a recent diplomatic fracas over Israeli housing settlements.
    Reporting from Jerusalem
    As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to embark Sunday on a trip to Washington to mend U.S.-Israeli ties, tensions built in the West Bank when Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian men they say threatened them with a pitchfork and ax.

    The shootings brought the Palestinian death toll to four during the last two days in the Nablus region. On Saturday, two Palestinian teenagers were shot by soldiers after a clash with Jewish settlers over a water well.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mideast-tensions22-2010mar22,0,6934268.story

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  126. Iran will “cut hands” of foes: Ahmadinejad
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a Persian New Year message on Saturday that Iran will “cut the hands” of anyone who tries to harm the Islamic republic.

    “The Iranian nation will guard its national security with full strength and will decisively cut any unclean hand from any part of the globe which tries to harm it,”

    Ahmadinejad said in a message broadcast on state television.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/22-iran-will-cut-hands-of-foes-ahmadinejad-aj-08

    Khamenei accuses Obama of plotting against Iran
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010
    TEHRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his new year address to the nation on Sunday accused the US president of plotting against Iran as crowds of worshippers shouted “Death to Obama!”

    In his defiant outburst, the all-powerful Khamenei dismissed President Barack Obama’s frequent offers of dialogue with Iran which began with last year’s historic Nowrouz greeting marking the Persian new year.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-khamenei-accuses-obama-of-plotting-against-iran-sk-03

    Iranian leader accuses US of plotting against Iran
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has used a televised Iranian New Year address to accuse the US of plotting against the country.

    He said the US government could not “talk about peace and friendship and at the same time plot and plan sedition”.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8578976.stm

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  127. Iraq’s electoral commission rejects request for recount
    By Leila Fadel
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Sunday, March 21, 2010; 2:14 PM

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s electoral commission said Sunday it would not recount votes from the March 7 parliamentary election, despite accusations of fraud and requests for a manual recount from Iraq’s president and prime minister.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/21/AR2010032100743.html

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  128. ‘Western media not objective in Israeli-Palestinian conflict’
    British journalist says weapons cannot establish peace

    Sunday, March 21, 2010
    Ghulam Dastageer

    PESHAWAR: Veteran British journalist and writer of international repute, Robert Fisk Saturday said that most of the Western media have failed to maintain objectivity while reporting Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    “Many Western papers don’t write the truth about the conflicts in the Middle East,” the 63-year old Beirut-based correspondent for daily The Independent observed during a discussion with local journalists at the Peshawar Press Club here.

    “Palestine is an occupied territory, but the Western media refers to it as disputed territory. The wall that Israel built to keep the Palestinians out is mentioned as a ‘fence’ while the ‘colonies’ that the Israelis have been building in Palestinian territory are played down as ‘settlements’; this isn’t objective journalism,” he opined.

    Responding to a query, he said objective journalists do exist in the Western media, adding that all of them shouldn’t be lumped together as biased. He felt the media in Islamic countries also had its shortcomings due to self-censorship and pressure from the powers that be.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230212

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  129. Palestinians increasingly back 1-state
    By BENJAMIN JOFFE-WALT / THE MEDIA LINE
    22/03/2010 18:19

    Survey finds Palestinian support for bi-national state gaining ground.

    The latest public opinion survey conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that while the majority of Palestinians and Israelis prefer a two-state solution to the conflict, Palestinian support for such a resolution has declined in recent months

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=171559

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  130. Last update – 20:12 22/03/2010
    Netanyahu to dine with Biden in bid to heal bruised U.S. ties
    By Haaretz Service and News Agencies
    Tags: Israel news
    PM hoping to rectify embarassment over Jerusalem building plans announced during vice president’s Israel trip.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will dine with United States Vice President Joe Biden on Monday night as he attempts to heal bruised ties between Israel and its closest ally.

    Netanyahu suffered embarrassment when Israel angered Biden by announcing plans for new Jewish homes beyond the Green line in east Jerusalem during the vice president’s visit to the country two weeks ago.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1158143.html

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  131. Pakistan pushes US for nuclear technology deal
    • Islamabad calls for energy pact akin to US-India agreement
    • Deal could persuade Pakistan to cut ties to jihadist groups
    * Saeed Shah in Islamabad
    * guardian.co.uk, Monday 22 March 2010 17.53 GMT

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/pakistan-us-nuclear-technology-deal

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  132. Hillary Clinton warns of gulf in US-Israeli relations
    Hillary Clinton has warned Israel that it was creating a gulf in its relationship with the United States, escalating a row over plans to expand a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

    By Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem and Roby Crilly
    Published: 6:09PM GMT 22 Mar 2010

    Delivering an unexpectedly robust address to America’s most powerful pro-Israel lobby, the US secretary of state sent a strong signal that the Obama administration would not back down in its two-week stand-off with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

    Speaking as Mr Netanyahu arrived in Washington for high-level talks, Mrs Clinton cautioned that Israel’s refusal to halt construction in the territories it occupied after the 1967 Six-Day was emboldening its enemies.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7499535/Clinton-warns-of-gulf-in-US-Israeli-relations.html

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  133. Washington and Tehran rhetoric heats up over Iran nuclear program

    The rhetoric between US and Iranian leaders has taken a sharp negative turn over the Iran nuclear program. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Iran’s government a “menace” while Supreme Leader Khamenei said the US is not to be trusted.

    Istanbul, Turkey

    The United States and Iran are throwing more rhetorical brickbats, blaming each other at the start of the Persian New Year for failure to embrace engagement initiatives, and reviving language drawn from decades of mutual demonization.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0322/Washington-and-Tehran-rhetoric-heats-up-over-Iran-nuclear-program

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  134. Iran vexed by Pakistan’s inaction over power offer
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-iran-vexed-by-pakistans-inaction-over-power-offer-230-hh-02

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  135. Israeli Settlements An Economic Choice, Says Study
    By REUTERS
    Published: March 23, 2010

    TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel builds thousands of homes in the occupied West Bank each year, with settlers drawn mainly by economic benefits, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Tel Aviv Macro Centre for Political Economics.

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/03/23/world/international-uk-palestinians-israel-settlements.html?_r=1

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  136. last update – 17:31 23/03/2010
    Is Obama’s problem that Netanyahu is a Republican at heart?
    By Avi Issacharoff

    Full disclosure: The writer’s trip to Washington was sponsored by AIPAC to cover the lobby’s policy conference.

    WASHINGTON – Perhaps the tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama isn’t personal but partisan, in the words of a member of Bill Clinton’s White House administration. He suggests that the problem isn’t that Netanyahu is a “Likudnik,” but that, at his core, he is a Republican.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1158386.html

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  137. From Times Online
    March 23, 2010
    Analysis: Netanyahu’s rebuilding job

    If ever Binyamin Netanyahu needed to use his skills as a political Houdini, today is the day.

    Knowing he cannot survive a full-scale falling out with Washington, Israel’s principal ally in a hostile world, the Prime Minister cannot risk publicly defying President Obama in his face-to-face meeting at the White House. He tried that with Bill Clinton more than a decade ago and soon found himself out of office.

    But neither can he publicly bow to US pressure to stop the construction of Jewish homes in east Jerusalem, conquered by Israel in 1967 yet still seen by the Palestinians as their future capital.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7072736.ece

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  138. David Miliband: Israeli cloning of British passports was ‘intolerable’
    David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has condemned Israel over the ‘intolerable’ counterfeiting of British passports which were used by a hit squad suspected of the assassination of a Hamas commander.
    By Rosa Prince and Adrian Massie-Blomfield
    Published: 4:10PM GMT 23 Mar 2010

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7506064/David-Miliband-Israeli-cloning-of-British-passports-was-intolerable.html

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  139. Last update – 18:49 23/03/2010
    PA official: U.S. push for Mideast peace may fail
    By Reuters

    A senior Palestinian official said on Tuesday U.S. efforts to bring about
    indirect peace talks with Israel may fail unless Washington can guarantee a complete halt to Israeli settlement building.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1158396.html

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  140. Israel expects Australia to expel diplomat over fake passports

    * By John Lyons and Peter Wilson
    * From: The Australian
    * March 25, 2010 3:04AM

    ISRAEL expects Australia will expel one of its diplomat over the use of fake Australian passports in the assassination of a Hamas chief.

    Israeli government sources told The Australian that of the countries whose passports were stolen, Australia was the most likely to follow Britain’s lead.

    Britain caused upset in Israel yesterday when it took the shock action of expelling an Israeli diplomat.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/israel-expects-australia-to-expel-diplomat-over-fake-passports/story-e6frf7l6-1225845010902

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  141. Palestinians denounce new East Jerusalem homes plan
    Palestinians have condemned the latest plans for more Jewish homes in East Jerusalem, announced as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ended a US visit.

    Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Israel was “digging itself a hole”, while an Israeli MP said Mr Netanyahu had “decided to spit into Obama’s eye”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8585483.stm

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  142. Saudi Arabia arrests 113 al-Qaida suspects

    (AP) – 35 minutes ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has arrested 113 suspected al-Qaida members accused of planning attacks on oil facilities inside the kingdom, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

    Many of those arrested had come to Saudi Arabia on visas to visit holy sites or by sneaking across its borders, but wanted to join and organize attacks with al-Qaida.

    Saudi Arabia has aggressively pursued militants since a series of attacks inside the country that began in May 2003. The country is the birthplace of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and home to 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hDEwwF-PKcNBszQyiAhRJ9rbsOIQD9EL3U9O0

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  143. Obama’s strategy in Israeli-Palestinian conflict at crossroads

    Obama’s strategy in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict faces a series of ‘pass-fail’ tests, the State Department says. A meeting Tuesday between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended with little public agreement.

    By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / March 24, 2010
    Washington

    There were no kiss-and-make-up photos after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two-hour meeting at the White House with President Obama Tuesday night, suggesting that differences between the United States and Israel – particularly over settlements in Arab East Jerusalem – are more than a passing misunderstanding.
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2010/0324/Obama-s-strategy-in-Israeli-Palestinian-conflict-at-crossroads

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  144. Breakthrough Is Reported in U.S. Arms Pact With Russia
    By PETER BAKER and ELLEN BARRY
    Published: March 24, 2010

    WASHINGTON — President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty in Prague next month that would slash American and Russian nuclear arsenals, officials from both nations said Wednesday.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/world/europe/25start.html

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  145. Israel ‘spits in Obama’s eye’ by announcing new settlements in east Jerusalem
    Israel was accused of “spitting in Obama’s eye” after it announced plans to build 100 more settler homes in east Jerusalem just hours after Israel’s prime minister met the US president at the White House.

    By Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem and Toby Harnden in Washington
    Published: 5:21PM GMT 24 Mar 2010

    Municipal officials approved the Jewish housing project in one of Jerusalem’s most volatile Palestinian suburbs just hours before Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, met Mr Obama for emergency talks.

    US officials had hoped that a meeting between the two leaders could defuse tensions triggered when Israel announced plans to build 1,600 new homes in east Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo settlement during a visit earlier this month by Joe Biden, the US vice-president.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7514285/Israel-spits-in-Obamas-eye-by-announcing-new-settlements-in-east-Jerusalem.html

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  146. Israel plans 100 more new homes for East Jerusalem
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Israel plans to build more Jewish homes in occupied East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, a day after talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-israel-plans-100-more-new-homes-sk-01

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  147. Obama-Netanyahu talks leave settlement dispute simmering
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Talks between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to produce signs they had ended a dispute which Netanyahu said could block the Middle East peace process for a year.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-obama-netanyahu-talks-simmering-sk-03

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  148. US defense secretary: Iran’s unmanned aircraft ‘worrying’

    Published: 03.25.10, 22:50 / Israel News

    US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed his concern over the existence of unmanned aircraft in the Iranian air force.

    Gates said the drones were worrying because they could cause difficulties for the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, he also noted that they fly relatively slowly and that the US could defend its soldiers. (AFP)

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3868385,00.html

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  149. Saudis bust Qaida’s oil terror plot
    PTI, Mar 26, 2010, 12.34am IST
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudis-bust-Qaidas-oil-terror-plot/articleshow/5724840.cms

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  150. US, Russia Hammer Out New Nuclear Agreement
    Peter Fedynsky | Moscow

    The United States and Russia say a new strategic arms agreement will be formally announced when the presidents of both countries have spoken with one another about it. White House and Russian Foreign Ministry spokesmen say the conversation is expected soon. A new accord would set an auspicious tone for President Barack Obama’s nuclear summit in Washington on April 12 and 13. The agreement faced difficult negotiations, and more problems could emerge during ratification in the U.S. Senate.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/US-Russia-Hammer-Out-New-Nuclear-Agreement-89133052.html

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  151. Iran nuclear plant launch unrelated to sanctions: Russia

    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    MOSCOW — Iran’s launch of a Russian-built nuclear power plant will go ahead and is in no way linked to possible new sanctions over its alleged weapons programme, Russia’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

    “It would be wrong to make any links between the construction and the launch of the plant and the growing need to take new measures towards Tehran,” ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

    In Moscow last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that going forward with the inauguration of the nuclear plant that Russia has helped build at Bushehr would send Tehran the wrong message.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5js3LU0Hq9NLV8GAqIvpAAEoF2OJQ

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  152. From Times Online
    March 25, 2010
    Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

    For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.

    Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7076431.ece

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  153. Iran nuclear sanctions: Ahmadinejad says they won’t bite

    The US, at the urging of partners, has weakened proposed Iran nuclear sanctions at the urging of allies. A defiant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said no country could stop ‘the fast speeding train of Iranian progress.’
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0325/Iran-nuclear-sanctions-Ahmadinejad-says-they-won-t-bite

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  154. Administration’s Remarks on the Arms Control Treaty
    Published: March 26, 2010

    Following is a transcript of the remarks made on Friday by President Obama; Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state; Robert Gates, the defense secretary; and Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; in which details of a new arms control treaty with Russia were announced, as released by the White House:

    THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I just concluded a productive phone call with President Medvedev. And I’m pleased to announce that after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/europe/27start-text.html

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  155. Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza clashes
    By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    26/03/2010 18:22

    Two others wounded, one seriously; at least 2 Palestinian terrorists killed; unusually, Hamas claims responsibility to ‘ambush’ of IDF troops.
    http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=171895

    Hamas gunmen in deadly clash with Israeli troops entering Gaza
    Hamas gunmen opened fire on Israeli troops who crossed into Gaza on Friday, killing two as tensions escalated following the most violent week since Israel’s invasion of the coast enclave 14 months ago.
    By Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem
    Published: 5:12PM GMT 26 Mar 2010

    The clashes came as Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, signalled for the first time since receiving a dressing down from US President Barack Obama on Tuesday that he would reject American demands to halt Jewish construction in East Jerusalem.

    The Israeli army said two soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an exchange of fire near the Palestinian town of Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip. There were unconfirmed reports that two Hamas fighters were also killed.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/7528479/Hamas-gunmen-in-deadly-clash-with-Israeli-troops-entering-Gaza.html

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  156. Arab League summit to focus on Jerusalem

    Day after pledging $500 million to ‘deal with Israel’s measures in the city’, al-Hayat newspaper reports Arab countries plan to appeal to International Court of Justice, demand complete stop to settlements

    Roee Nahmias
    Published: 03.26.10, 10:59 / Israel News

    The 22nd Arab League summit which opens Saturday in the Libyan city of Sirte is expected to focus on Jerusalem, Arab media reported Friday.

    The London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper reported that the Arab League’s foreign ministers held a closed preparation meeting on Thursday and decided that the “Jerusalem summit” would end with an agreement on “an action plan for saving the holy city.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3868473,00.html

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  157. Iraq bombings kill 42 before vote results
    Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:06pm GMT

    By Muhanad Mohammed

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two bombs killed 42 people and wounded 65 others in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Diyala province on Friday, underscoring tensions just before the release of full preliminary results from the March 7 parliamentary election.

    A car bomb and a roadside bomb exploded in the town of Khalis, about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

    Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Council (IHEC) was to release results of a count of all the votes later on Friday, 19 days after an election Iraqis hoped would stabilise their nation after years of sectarian warfare.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE62P3T120100326

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  158. Hush-hush humiliation
    Dawn Editorial
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    The talks have failed: this is one way of putting it. The other truthful way of putting it is to admit Israel has won hands down. No press conference was held despite 125 minutes of hush-hush talks spread over two sessions between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That the latter came out victor became obvious when he said a freeze on settlements was ‘unrealistic’.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-hushhush-humiliation-630-hh-02

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  159. Researchers dig up controversy in Jerusalem
    Thursday, 25 Mar, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Archaeologists in Jerusalem are competing to unearth artefacts pointing to the ancient city’s Jewish past, which are used to justify Israel’s claim to all of it as the indivisible capital of the modern Jewish state.

    But critics say some of “finds” are really just bending science to prove a “Biblical heritage” that is open to dispute.

    “Archaeologists have given up many of their best practices in order to answer the continuing demands of mainly political actors,” says Raphael Greenberg, an Israeli archaeologist from Tel Aviv University, who has worked in Jerusalem.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/31-researchers+dig+up+controversy+in+jerusalem-ll-04

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  160. Israeli soldiers leave Gaza after fierce clash

    By IAN DEITCH (AP) – 3 hours ago

    JERUSALEM — Israel withdrew its troops from the Gaza Strip Saturday after some of the fiercest gunbattles with Palestinian militants in the Hamas-run territory since last year’s military offensive.

    Israeli troops used bulldozers to “remove infrastructure used by terrorists to attack soldiers” before the early morning withdrawal, a military spokeswoman said.

    The violence began Friday when soldiers patrolling the border crossed into Gaza after spotting Palestinians planting explosives near the fence with Israel.

    Two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian militants were killed in the gunbattle, the military said. Palestinian medics said one civilian was killed and seven were wounded in the fighting. Militants reported one wounded and one missing.

    Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, confirmed their gunmen were involved in Friday’s violence — marking a shift from the group’s tendency over the past year to avoid confrontation with Israeli forces.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD9EN048G0

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  161. Amr Moussa: We must prepare for failure of peace process
    By JPOST.COM STAFF
    27/03/2010 16:23

    Arab league chief says the situation “has reached a turning point”; Abbas: No peace deal while e. J’lem occupied; Erdogan calls Israeli policy on east Jerusalem “madness.”

    The chief of the Arab League warned Saturday that Israel’s actions could bring about a final end to the Middle East peace process.

    Amr Moussa urged an Arab leadership summit in Libya on Saturday to forge a new strategy to pressure Israel, saying the peace process could not be “an open ended process.”

    http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=171923

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  162. Russia, U.S. will cut nuclear arms by 30 per cent.

    By Steven Edwards, Canwest News ServiceMarch 26, 2010

    U.S. President Barack Obama announced Friday the most comprehensive nuclear arms control deal in a generation, saying it trims the nuclear weapons deployed by the United States and Russia by 30 per cent.

    Speaking at the White House, Obama said he sealed the agreement with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a phone call Friday morning – following months of negotiations between the two countries.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/Russia+will+nuclear+arms+cent/2730533/story.html

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  163. Sanctions against Iran possible, but ‘not optimal’ – Medvedev
    13:0627/03/2010

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated that fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program are possible, but “not optimal,” the Kremlin press service said on Saturday.

    In his message to the annual summit of the 22-nation Arab League, which kicked off in Libya earlier in the day, Medvedev said that “the settlement of Iran’s nuclear problem should be implemented solely by politic-diplomatic means in strict accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”

    “[We are] certain that the path of sanctions is not an optimal one. At the same time the possibility that events may develop along this scenario cannot be ruled out,” he said.

    http://en.rian.ru/world/20100327/158328575.html

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  164. War haunts Russia again as Moscow bombings bring fear to the streets

    Dozens killed as female bombers target rush-hour metro trains and raise spectre of wave of Chechen rebel attacks
    The Moscow suburb of Yugo-Zapadnaya is grey and anonymous. There are looming Soviet tower blocks, a large park with beech trees and the Olympic village once used to house the athletes who took part in the 1980 Moscow games.

    Shortly after 7am today two young women entered its crumbling metro station. No one appears to have noticed them. It was Monday; the metro was filled with commuters, many struggling to adjust to the new summer time. The morning was chilly with a hint of spring.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/29/moscow-bombings-russia-putin-tube-train

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  165. Sleiman: Arab League behind peace process while Israel rejects reconciliation
    By The Daily Star

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Sleiman said Monday that the Arab summit’s decision to keep the Arab peace initiative on the table indicated that Arabs have chosen permanent and comprehensive peace while Israel rejected this choice.

    “The fact that the Arab summit in Libya has held to the Arab peace initiative indicates clearly the will of Arabs in achieving permanent and comprehensive peace.

    “But the Israeli government rejects such a choice and goes on with building settlements and Judaizing occupied Jerusalem regardless of the will of the international community, which stresses the necessity of starting negotiations to place a peaceful settlement on the right track,” Sleiman said.

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=113277#axzz0jbKPCyEx

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  166. Ministers Reaffirm Jerusalem Stance
    By ETHAN BRONNER
    Published: March 29, 2010

    JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli ministers have publicly rejected American demands for curbs on Jewish building in East Jerusalem and other concessions to the Palestinians, indicating no imminent end to the rift between Jerusalem and Washington.

    Benny Begin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner cabinet — which has met twice since Mr. Netanyahu returned from Washington last week — said Monday on Israel Radio that the status of East Jerusalem should be resolved in direct negotiations with the Palestinians, not in advance.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/world/middleeast/30mideast.html

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  167. Israel restricts Al-Aqsa mosque again
    Monday, 29 Mar, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Israel curbed travel from the West Bank and access to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as Jews celebrate the week-long Passover holiday amid heightened tension with the Palestinians.

    The Holy City has been rocked in past weeks by the worst unrest in years, triggered largely by rumours that a rebuilt 17th-century synagogue was part of a plan by Jewish extremists to destroy the famed Al-Aqsa mosque.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-israel-restricts-al-aqsa-mosque-again-sk-04

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  168. world
    Arabs rule out peace talks unless Israel halts deal
    Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/22-arabs-rule-out-peace-talks-unless-israel-halts-settlements-aj-03

    Netanyahu rejects “Obama disaster” headline
    Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/08-netanyahu-rejects-obama-disaster-headline-ts-04

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  169. Residents blame militants and Putin for metro bombings
    ALEXANDER OSIPOVICH
    March 31, 2010

    Residents blame militants and Putin for metro bombings
    ALEXANDER OSIPOVICH
    March 31, 2010

    MOSCOW: The capital held a day of mourning yesterday for the 39 people killed in a pair of underground suicide bombings as the Russian authorities faced pressure to prevent a resurgence of deadly militant attacks.

    Grieving Russians were adding to huge piles of flowers to commemorate the victims at the Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations in Moscow where the bombs exploded on Monday.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/residents-blame-militants-and-putin-for-metro-bombings-20100330-rbkv.html?autostart=1

    Russian blast accomplices caught on camera
    By correspondent Norman Hermant and wires

    Updated 27 minutes ago

    Security officials in Russia say they have made important breakthroughs in the investigation into the fatal bombing of the Moscow metro. Russian police say video surveillance has revealed the two suspected suicide bombers had accomplices. They are searching for two women and a man seen with the suspected bombers at a metro station outside central Moscow on the morning of the attack

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/31/2860748.htm?section=world

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  170. Chechen rebel says he ordered Moscow Metro attacks
    Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has said his group was behind Monday’s double suicide bombings on the Moscow Metro, which left 39 people dead.

    In a video message posted on a Chechen rebel website, he said he had personally ordered the attacks.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8597792.stm

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  171. World powers to start work on Iran sanctions: source
    (Reuters) – Six world powers, including China, agreed on Wednesday to start drawing up new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program in the next few days, a source with knowledge of the talks said.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62U43820100331?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

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  172. China to discuss Iran sanctions; Hu to visit U.S.
    By Chris Buckley and Emma Graham-Harrison

    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has agreed to serious negotiations with Western powers about imposing new sanctions on Iran and President Hu Jintao will attend a multi-nation summit on nuclear security in Washington this month, officials said.

    The two moves should dilute tensions between Beijing and Washington after months of quarrels over the yuan currency, Internet censorship, Tibet and U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE6302E720100401

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  173. Moscow buries its dead, and waits nervously
    By Sarah Rainsford
    BBC News, Moscow

    Throughout the day, weeping crowds have arrived at Moscow’s cemeteries clutching icons, flowers and photographs of relatives and friends – some of the 39 people killed in Monday’s double suicide bomb attack on the city’s Metro.

    Many of the mourners were young students. Their friends had been travelling to university when the two female bombers detonated their suicide belts.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8599929.stm

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  174. Iraq Shi’ite party open to alliance with Allawi
    By Waleed Ibrahim and Khalid al-Ansary

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A leading Shi’ite Muslim party said on Thursday it will not join any Iraqi government without Iyad Allawi, a move that could boost the chances of the election winner of becoming a prime minister.

    Ammar Hakim, head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI), said his party, with strong ties to Iran, was open to an alliance with Allawi’s cross-sectarian Iraqiya list.

    http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE6302TH20100401

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  175. Israeli judge orders release of Fatah leader

    Leftist who attended trial says judge criticized police, said ‘very clearly’ that protest march through West Bank checkpoint was peaceful

    AFP
    Published: 04.01.10, 19:29 / Israel News

    An Israeli military judge on Thursday ordered the release of 10 Palestinians, including a senior Fatah official, detained at a protest march through a West Bank checkpoint, supporters said.

    A spokesman for the group who attended the military trial said the demonstrators, including senior Fatah leader Abbas Zaki, were ordered to be freed without charges or conditions.

    “The judge criticized the police and said very clearly that this was a peaceful protest and that no violence was used except by the police and the military,” the spokesman, Jonathan Pollak, told AFP.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3870924,00.html

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  176. China and US extend thaw as Hu Jintao confirms nuclear summit visit
    Obstacles remain to closer ties between superpowers – but move seen as a fresh success for Barack Obama

    * Ewen MacAskill in Washington and Mark Tran
    * guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 April 2010 20.37 BST
    * Article history

    Barack Obama shakes hands with Hu Jintao during his visit to China in November

    Barack Obama shakes hands with Hu Jintao during his visit to China in November Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

    A thaw in relations between the US and China appears to be under way after months of strain between the superpowers over arms sales to Taiwan, cybersecurity, the Dalai Lama and the trade imbalance.

    The Chinese foreign ministry said today that President Hu Jintao is to visit Washington on 12-13 April for a nuclear proliferation summit. The decision came less than 24 hours after it emerged that China, after months of stalling, had agreed to engage in negotiations on drafting UN sanctions against Iran.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/01/us-china-extend-thaw-relations

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  177. Iran envoy warns US
    Iran’s top nuclear negotiator warned the West to stop “threatening” Tehran as US President Barack Obama urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to cooperate in blocking Iran’s atomic ambitions.

    The harsh words from Saeed Jalili came as Western calls mount for tough new punitive action against Iran over its suspect nuclear programme — action that hinges on the approval of China, which wields a UN Security Council veto.

    The Obama administration is hoping to get a UN resolution on Iran passed by the end of this month.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/restofasia/Iran-envoy-warns-US/Article1-526450.aspx

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  178. One of Moscow subway bombers was 17-year-old widow

    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV (AP) – 2 hours ago

    MOSCOW — The image is striking: a sultry teenager, partly veiled, in the embrace of a bearded man — both grasping handguns.

    The photo appeared Friday in a leading Russian newspaper, which reported that the teen was one of the two female suicide bombers who struck Moscow’s subway. The paper indicated that she may have been out to avenge her husband, an Islamic militant killed by Russian forces.

    Russian investigators said one of the attackers was a 17-year-old widow named Dzhanet Abdurakhmanova. They did not confirm that the photo published in the Kommersant newspaper was that of the bomber.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hesWDHm4U1NQP7L0I9g4yEhthsxwD9ER4Q7O0

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  179. Gaza airstrikes: why neither Israel nor Palestine wants to fight
    When two Israeli soldiers were killed by a Hamas rocket attack in Gaza last week, it was only a matter of time before Israel would respond.

    Adrian Blomfield, in Jerusalem
    Published: 10:30PM BST 02 Apr 2010

    Fears that this response would be ferocious were raised on Thursday after leaflets were dropped over Gaza warning of Israeli air strikes, an unusual step.

    Yet when it came, the Israeli military action – delayed by the Passover holiday – was much more limited than some might have anticipated.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7547950/Gaza-airstrikes-why-neither-Israel-nor-Palestine-wants-to-fight.html

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  180. Hamas ‘working to curb Gaza rocket attacks’
    Leaders of the Hamas militant movement which controls the Gaza Strip have said they are working to curb rocket attacks against Israel by smaller factions.

    Spokesman Ayman Taha said the Hamas government was trying to maintain calm in Gaza for “the national interest”.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8601171.stm

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  181. US: Emerging powers should pressure Iran
    A day after asking India and Pakistan not to have transactions like their gas pipeline with Iran, the US wants everyone, particularly emerging powers, to put pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear ambitions.

    “I’m not familiar with any particular project, but this is part of our ongoing dialogue with countries that we are looking to place pressure on Iran,” state department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters when asked about plans for an Iran-Pakistan India gas pipeline.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/americas/Emerging-powers-should-pressure-Iran-US/Article1-526844.aspx

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  182. Qureshi, Saud Al-Faisal discuss bilateral relations, regional situation PDF Print E-mail
    ISLAMABAD, Apr 3 (APP): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal held a meeting in Jeddah today and discussed bilateral relations and regional and international issues. At the invitation of Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi was on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, says a press release received from Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah.

    Both the Ministers were of the view that Pak-Saudi relations are much more than strategic as the brotherly people of both the countries are bound in ties of history, religion and culture.
    The Foreign Minister conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Prince Saud al-Faisal and stressed the need of frequent high level exchanges.
    The Saudi Foreign Minister briefed the Pakistani side on the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia.
    He remarked that the Indo-Saudi bilateral relations could never be at the cost of Pak-Saudi relations. He also underlined that the recent exchanges in Indo-Saudi relations would also help Pakistan.
    Both the Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan. It was agreed that both brotherly nations would consult each other and move in tandem, on the matters pertaining to Afghanistan.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99891&Itemid=2

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  183. APRIL 3, 2010, 3:54 P.M. ET

    Karzai Slams the West Again
    BY MATTHEW ROSENBERG AND HABIB ZAHORI

    KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai lashed out at his Western backers for the second time in three days on Saturday, accusing the U.S. of interfering in Afghan affairs and saying the Taliban insurgency would become a legitimate resistance movement if the meddling doesn’t stop.

    Mr. Karzai, whose government is propped up by billions of dollars in Western aid and nearly 100,000 American troops fighting the Taliban, made the comments during a private meeting with about 60 or 70 Afghan lawmakers.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303917304575162012382865940.html

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  184. Obama confident of securing broad support for more U.N. sanctions against Iran
    By Colum Lynch and Mary Beth Sheridan
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Saturday, April 3, 2010

    NEW YORK — President Obama said Friday that “all evidence indicates” Iran is pursuing the capacity to develop nuclear weapons, but he expressed confidence that the United States could muster broad international support for a new round of U.N. sanctions designed to curtail Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040201821.html

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  185. Pak-Turkey friendship to be further strengthened: Gul

    LAHORE: Pakistan and Turkey share deep-rooted friendly relations, which will be further strengthened, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Friday. He made these remarks while attending an interactive session with intellectuals from all walks of life, which was organised by Newsweek magazine. Gul thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the whole Pakistani nation for their hospitality during his visit to Pakistan and said he would never forget the love showered upon him in Pakistan.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\03\story_3-4-2010_pg7_37

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  186. “World pressure only makes Iran more determined”
    Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010

    TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that world pressure on Iran, including talk of new sanctions, makes the Islamic republic more determined than ever to pursue its nuclear programme.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-world-pressure-only-makes-iran-more-determined-ss-11

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  187. Gilani to lead team at US nuclear summit
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 04 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US nuclear summit will not be a meet-and-greet sojourn for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who arrives in the American capital on April 11 to join other world leaders seeking to curb proliferation of nuclear materials.

    The Pakistan Embassy announced on Saturday that Mr Gilani would reach Washington on April 11 with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and a small delegation. He would leave for Islamabad on the night of April 13, after attending the summit.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-gilani-to-lead-team-at-nuclear-summit-440-hh-04

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  188. Private imports allowed into Gaza
    Israel has allowed 10 trucks of clothes and shoes for Palestinian traders into the Gaza Strip for the first time since Hamas took over the territory in 2007.

    Food, medicines and fuel are allowed into the territory, but aide agencies say there are serious shortages.

    But this is the first time commercial, privately-owned imports have been allowed into the strip.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8602955.stm

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  189. Iraq bombers target embassies, killing at least 41
    Officials blame Al Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks on the Iranian, German and Egyptian offices. Some say Sunni militants are exploiting a power vacuum as rival blocs jostle to lead the next government.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-iraq-bombings5-2010apr05,0,2650218.story

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  190. Parents identify second Moscow attacker: report
    April 5, 2010 – 6:57AM

    A young computer science student has been identified by her parents from a photograph of one of two suicide bombers who killed 40 people on the Moscow metro, a Russian newspaper reported on Sunday.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/parents-identify-second-moscow-attacker-report-20100405-rlwa.html

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  191. Obama unveils a nuclear policy focused mainly on deterrence
    By Mary Beth Sheridan and Walter Pincus
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010; 12:52 PM

    A year after his groundbreaking pledge to move toward a “world without nuclear weapons,” President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a policy that constrains the weapons’ role but appears more cautious than what many supporters had hoped, with the president opting for a middle course in many key areas.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/06/AR2010040601369.html

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  192. Israeli FM warns Palestinians not to declare state

    By MATTI FRIEDMAN (AP) – 4 hours ago

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s hard-line foreign minister warned Palestinians against plans to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying in an interview Tuesday that such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements.

    Avigdor Lieberman also made harsh comments about Turkey, Israel’s increasingly alienated ally, saying the Turkish prime minister was coming to resemble Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

    Lieberman, who heads an ultranationalist party, has become known for a belligerent tone that has earned him critics abroad and inside Israel.

    His remarks Tuesday on Palestinian independence took aim at a Palestinian policy that has emerged as U.S. attempts to restart peace talks have stalled.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD9ETJA4G0

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  193. Eight Bombs Plunge Baghdad Into Chaos
    Bombs Explode in Rapid Succession Throughout Baghdad, Killing at Least 49

    By MIGUEL MARQUEZ and ALI AL MASHAKHEEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq April 6, 2010

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/bombs-rip-baghdad-killing-scores/story?id=10299042

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  194. Iraqi journalists want probe of taped US shooting

    By DAVID RISING (AP) – 1 hour ago

    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Journalists’ Union on Tuesday called on the Iraqi government to investigate the apparent killing of two Reuters employees by U.S. Apache helicopters after a Web site posted classified American military video footage of the shooting.

    The July 12, 2007, incident has been reported before, but the graphic video reignited anger over the U.S. killing of civilians at the height of violence in Iraq.

    “This is another crime added to the crimes of the U.S. forces against Iraqi journalists and civilians,” the head of the journalists’ union Mouyyad al-Lami said. “I call upon the government to take a firm stance against the criminals who killed the journalists.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hLs_v0FJHwKD8BCGkUiodsMvU-7AD9ETM7G82

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  195. Iran says oil sanctions threat “a joke”
    (Reuters) – The idea of international sanctions on Iranian oil exports is a joke, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday, adding Iran would not abandon its disputed nuclear work despite mounting international pressure.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6351KG20100406

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  196. War on error….!!!
    Published: April 6, 2010
    AHSAN NISAR
    William Francis Butler once said: “The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.” While most of you would think that there has been a typographical mistake in the title of this article, it would be difficult to find any other title that aptly describes the situation post 9/11.
    What started off as a “war on (t)error” by the then President Bush, after nine long years, has not brought the desired results for the US; instead it has resulted in deteriorating its economic conditions. By making it a “yes, we can war” and hiding behind the flagship health care reform bill, Obama loses his own popularity, while his troops continue losing ground to the Taliban. The participation of thousands of anti-war protestors on the 7th anniversary of the US-led war in Iraq bears testimony to this fact.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Columns/06-Apr-2010/War-on-error

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  197. Russia ‘may sell $5 billion of weapons to Venezuela’
    Russian may sell $5 billion worth of weapons to Venezuela, according to Vladimir Putin.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7557524/Russia-may-sell-5-billion-of-weapons-to-Venezuela.html

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  198. Australia blocks shipment to Pakistan over weapons fears
    Tuesday, 06 Apr, 2010

    SYDNEY: Australia has blocked a shipment of scientific equipment to Pakistan over fears it could be used to help build weapons of mass destruction, a spokesman for Defence Minister John Faulkner said Tuesday.

    The government used the 1995 Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act to stop an Australian company exporting instruments and accessories to a Pakistani firm, he said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-aus-blocks-shipment-pak-qs-07

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  199. Pakistan has secured its nukes, says Obama
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Tuesday, 06 Apr, 2010
    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said he is confident that Pakistan has secured its nuclear weapons.

    Obama, however, reiterated that he was concerned about global nuclear security, not just in Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-pakistan-has-secured-its-nukes-says-obama-ha-01

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  200. Can the CIA sabotage Iran’s nuclear project?
    Sunday, 04 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The reported defection of an Iranian scientist to the United States has renewed speculation about a CIA plot to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program through covert action.

    But it remains unclear whether Shahram Amiri, the young physics researcher who reportedly joined forces with the US spy agency, represents an intelligence coup for Washington or a minor setback for Tehran, former CIA officers said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-cia-iran-nuclear-qs-09

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  201. Four years on, Israeli bombs still haunt Lebanon
    Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010

    TYRE, Lebanon: Nearly four years after Israel littered southern Lebanon with mines during its devastating war with Hezbollah, teenager Mohammed al-Hajj Mussa can barely bring himself to speak of the day he lost his legs.

    On August 11, 2006, the lean, dark-haired boy was riding behind his father on a motorbike to deliver food to a nearby town badly hit in the Israeli raids when a cluster bomb went off under one of the tyres.

    “Later, I was told that I was found in a creek about four hours after the explosion,” Mohammed, now 15, told AFP at his rundown home in the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Bass, located in the southern coastal town of Tyre.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/08-four-years-on-israeli-bombs-still-haunt-lebanon-ts-05

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  202. Israeli war talk
    Dawn Editorial
    Monday, 05 Apr, 2010
    One shouldn’t be surprised if Israel does carry out its threat and once again turns Gaza into an inferno.

    Its war crimes in the strip are too recent to be repeated in detail: during the air and land operations that began in December 2008 and ended in January 2009, the Israeli war machine slaughtered 1,200 Palestinians, 40 per cent of them civilians, including women and children. Its crimes included the use of the incendiary white phosphorous agent on civilian targets, the bombing of a mosque when the faithful were at prayer, and — in keeping with its track record — devastating a shelter where displaced persons had sought refuge. These are not allegations but crimes confirmed by various international rights bodies and the UN Human Rights Council.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-israeli-war-talk-540-hh-07

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  203. Kyrgyzstan government ousted in violent revolt
    Thursday, 08 Apr, 2010

    BISHKEK: Opponents of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev took control Wednesday of Kyrgyzstan after a day of spectacular violence that ended with Bakiyev fleeing the capital of the strategic Central Asian state.

    Opposition protesters seized the presidential administration Wednesday night and announced on state radio that they had formed a provisional government with former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva at its head.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-kyrgyz-state-of-emergency-qs-11

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  204. Govt accepts responsibility of nuclear security: PM
    Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani reiterated his government commitment to take all parliamentary political parties into confidence on all national policies particularly defence, Kashmir and nuclear policies.

    In his opening statement while chairing a special meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security at the Constitutional Committee Room in the parliament house, the prime minister said Pakistan being a nuclear state was cognizant of its responsibilities and had developed an effective nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation measures underpinned by extensive legislative, regulatory and administrative framework.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-govt+fully+accepts+responsibility+of+nuclear+security+pm–bi-02

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  205. White House says leaked Iraq shooting video ‘tragic’
    Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday described leaked and graphic video of a US helicopter strike in Baghdad three years ago which killed two Reuters employees and others as “tragic.”

    But President Barack Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs stressed after the previously classified video was released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks that US forces in war zones take pains to avoid civilian casualties.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-white-house-says-leaked-iraq-shooting-video-tragic-ss-04

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  206. The Eurabian threat
    By Irfan Husain
    Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2010

    More and more, references to ‘unsustainable immigration’ in Europe are code for rising concerns about the ever-expanding Muslim presence there. Recently, Belgium passed a law banning any Islamic veil that covers the face. The logic is that those who can see other people’s faces should not be concealing their own. France is about to pass similar legislation, and no doubt other countries will do so as well.

    Although the number of Muslim women affected by these laws is tiny, this shift away from the generally tolerant attitudes of the past is an indicator of the mounting resentment the local population is feeling about the millions of Muslims in their midst. Last year, a YouTube video called “Muslim Demographics” was viewed by over eleven million people. The video contrasts low European birth rates with the rapid growth of European Muslims, and then indulges in demographic fantasy by extrapolating concocted figures to conjure up a scenario in which locals in many cities would be outnumbered by Muslims.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/irfan-husain-the-eurabian-threat-740

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  207. Pakistan, the most dangerous country in the world?
    By Sumair Abro
    Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2010

    The year was 1994. It was an authentic spring morning in March and I was sitting with a group of friends at La Baguette Cafe. The room as usual was noisy, filled with mists of cigarette smoke; waitresses were pale skinned, dark haired and dressed in black.

    This was in the heart of mid- west USA. In Norman, Oklahoma to be precise; at my good old University of Oklahoma-OU. The café was established by the Jazzar and Khouri families in the 80’s, recognizing the need to attract a healthy population of European students and curious Americans.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-Pakistan-the-most-dangerous-country-in-the-world-ss-03

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  208. US-Israeli dispute still unresolved: Netanyahu
    Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2010

    JERUSALEM: Israel and the United States remain divided on Jewish settlement construction although the gap has narrowed in some areas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday after consulting senior cabinet members.

    Netanyahu and cabinet ministers have been weighing a response to US opposition to housing construction for Jews in occupied areas in and near Jerusalem and Washington’s call for steps to persuade Palestinians to return to peace talks.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-us-israeli-dispute-still-unresolved-netanyahu-rs-03

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  209. Obama and Medvedev set to sign disarmament treaty
    (Reuters) – The United States and Russia will sign a disarmament treaty in Prague on Thursday that could herald better bilateral ties and help President Barack Obama raise pressure on countries seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

    Jan Lopatka
    PRAGUE
    Wed Apr 7, 2010 6:34pm EDT

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6365Y420100407

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  210. Kyrgyzstan: Did Moscow Subvert a U.S. Central Asian Ally?
    By Simon Shuster / Moscow Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010
    Members of the besieged government of Kyrgyzstan suspect that Moscow precipitated the violent upheaval that has swept the former Soviet republic in Central Asia. Already scores of people have been killed and hundreds more wounded after troops opened fire on protesters, who in turn overpowered the police, stormed and looted government buildings and forced President Kurmanbek Bakiev to flee the country. On Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin denied any involvement by his country in the turmoil after his Kyrgyz counterpart said that Putin gave the go-ahead to the revolt. But whether or not the Kremlin urged the Kyrgyz opposition to call its supporters into the streets, Moscow has a lot to gain and Washington a lot to lose from the bloody upheaval that has ensued.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1978590,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

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  211. Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan Could Imperil Key U.S. Base
    MOSCOW — The bloody protests against the repressive rule of the president of Kyrgyzstan which forced him to flee the capital of Bishkek could pose a threat to a pivotal American military supply line into nearby Afghanistan.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/09/world/asia/09bishkek.html

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  212. Ahmadinejad: Iran has ‘fully mastered’ nuclear technology
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    April 9, 2010 — Updated 1950 GMT (0350 HKT)
    (CNN) — Iran announced Friday it has advanced its nuclear technology, unveiling new, faster centrifuges and celebrating “giant steps” forward.

    In a speech celebrating National Nuclear Day, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed “selfish behavior” by “arrogant” countries that have tried to negotiate a halt to Iran’s nuclear activity. As he spoke, a crowd chanted “God is great” and “Death to America.”
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/04/09/iran.nuclear/

    Iran Unveils More Powerful Centrifuges
    Iran’s president unveiled a new generation of centrifuges used to enrich uranium Friday, defying international warnings against continuing its sensitive nuclear work.

    Mr. Ahmadinejad displayed one of the new, domestically-built machines Friday, saying international efforts to pressure Iran on its nuclear program will be met with even more resistance.
    The announcement marked Iran’s National Nuclear Day.
    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Obama-Iran-Sanctions-Offer-No-Guarantees-90357299.html

    Iran unveils ‘faster’ uranium centrifuges
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8612082.stm

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  213. Canceled Netanyahu trip spotlights Israel nukes

    By STEVEN GUTKIN (AP) – 4 hours ago

    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to abruptly cancel a trip to a nuclear conference in Washington spotlighted a key sore point Friday in international nonproliferation efforts: Israel’s own atomic weapons.

    The Jewish state wants to help lead the charge against allowing nuclear weapons to end up in undesirable hands, even when nobody doubts that Israel itself possesses them.

    An Israeli official said Friday that Netanyahu called off his trip after his government received word that participants at next week’s conference would “push an Israel-bashing agenda.” He and other officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the government’s reluctance to allow its members to speak publicly about nuclear-related issues.

    Israel’s official policy of “nuclear ambiguity” — neither confirming nor denying that it has nuclear weapons — has long been a cornerstone of its military deterrence. But officials and experts from various countries, in addition to one well-known Israeli whistle-blower, have all said the truth is not ambiguous at all: That Israel has dozens, perhaps hundreds, of nuclear bombs.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hah_mnNlEdL2F05h25Ib2pRBctegD9EVM1T80

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  214. Kyrgyzstan President Is Offered Passage From Country
    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — A tenuous calm settled on this traumatized city Friday, with an interim government made up of the deposed president’s staunchest opponents claiming that it was rapidly consolidating control.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/10/world/europe/10kyrgyz.html?src=mv

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  215. US accuses Iran of ‘nefarious’ intentions

    Following unveiling of new centrifuge for enriched uranium, State Department says if Islamic Republic wants international community to believe its nuclear program is peaceful, ‘then Iran has no need for a third generation, or faster, centrifuge’

    Yitzhak Benhorin and AFP
    Published: 04.09.10, 22:23 / Israel News

    WASHINGTON – The United States said Friday that Iran’s unveiling of a new centrifuge for enriched uranium suggests Tehran “has nefarious intentions” in its nuclear program.

    “If Iran wants the international community to believe what it says, that it has peaceful intentions with respect to its nuclear program, then Iran has no need for a third generation, or faster centrifuge,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3873704,00.html

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  216. Credible diplomacy
    Jeremy Kinsman
    Barack Obama and the nuclear threat
    Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 | 4:18 PM ET
    By Jeremy Kinsman, special to CBC News

    Credible diplomacy is all about sending consistent signals, especially for a U.S. president.

    In that respect, the signing of a new nuclear arms pact last week was a big win for Barack Obama and U.S.-Russian relations, particularly as world events seemed to conspire to push the two former antagonists closer together.

    Effective diplomacy is also about earning consistent and supportive signals in return, not the sort of face slaps tried on the U.S. recently by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai.

    http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/04/09/f-vp-kinsman.html

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  217. Last update – 22:16 07/04/2010
    Report: Obama mulls new Mideast peace plan
    By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service

    U.S. President Barack Obama is weighing the possibility of submitting a new American Middle East peace plan by this fall, senior Washington officials told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

    Speaking to columnist David Ignatius, two top administration officials claimed Obama was “seriously considering” proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Palestinian conflict.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1161425.html

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  218. China snubs India on Security Council seat
    Beijing—China snubbed India on its bid to become sixth member of United Nations Security Council as Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna sought China’s support for the same during his four day official visit to China from 5 – 8 April 2010.
    The joint press conference by the two respective foreign ministers and the communiqué also failed to find a mention of much sought after China’s support with respect to permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Being cognizance of India’s pitching against Beijing by the United States for spearheading Asia, Its Armed Forces activities on the border areas with China, its tacit support to Dalai Lama on his Arunachal Pradesh visit and its track record of declared and undeclared nuclear reactors’ radioactive leaks, China signaled its disinterest on the issue and instead said that the two countries communicated and worked together well on major issues, including combating the effects of financial crises and climate change. Albeit, the Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao who had accompanied the foreign minister on the trip told reporters during a press conference in Beijing that the trip had gone well and that a long term strategic view was required of this relationship. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has brushed aside China’s objections to the Dalai Lama visiting Arunachal Pradesh telling CNN-IBN’s sister channel IBN7 that the objections have no merit.

    http://dailymailnews.com/0410/09/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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  219. Pakistan in spotlight at Washington nuclear summit
    (Reuters) – Pakistan will confront its reputation as a proliferator head-on this week when its prime minister addresses a global summit in Washington aimed at keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

    Chris Allbritton
    ISLAMABAD
    Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:35am

    Arch-rival India and other critics could however undercut Pakistan by reminding the world of its nuclear smuggling, highlighting the Taliban insurgency and fanning fears of