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News in Brief: 18 June 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Hamas says it will oppose emergency government. >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2669885.ece

EU restores funding to Fatah. “The EU said today it would resume financial aid to the new Fatah-led Palestinian government, as part of international efforts to isolate Hamas in its Gaza stronghold.” >> News at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,2105683,00.html

“Rampaging Fatah gunmen took revenge for their defeat in Gaza on Hamas activists on the West Bank in a rampage Sat. June 16 through the Hamas-held parliament, government and local council offices on the West Bank. Hundreds of Hamas officials were detained.” >> News at:
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=4312

Turkish troops buildup near northern Iraq. “Iraqi border police believe neighboring Turkey has amassed 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers along its southern border with Iraq. Turkish helicopters have flown into Iraqi airspace to conduct missions against Kurdish rebels in the mountainous region, and Turkish mortar shells regularly crash down on Iraqi soil, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.” >> News at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/16/AR2007061601345.html

Conditions for surrender to the International Criminal Code. “Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA, Vincent Otti, has told IWPR that he is ready to hand himself into the International Criminal Court, ICC, to answer charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes – but only if the court charges the Ugandan army with similar counts.” >> News at: http://www.iwpr.net/?p=acr&s=f&o=336358&apc_state=henh

Morocco and sub-Saharan migrants. >> News at: http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy_power/global_village/morocco_outside_in

In Pakistan: “Renowned religious scholar Maulana Syed Razi Haider Zaidi announced a protest day to be observed today (Friday) against the desecration of the shrines of Imam Ali Naqi (RA) and Imam Hasan Askari (RA) in Iraq.” >> News at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C06%5C15%5Cstory_15-6-2007_pg12_7

Outrage as China slave scandal deepens. “Up to 1,000 people, many of them young children, have been forced to work as slaves in a brutal human trafficking ring in China that has shocked and outraged the nation, police said Friday.” >> News at: http://www.afp.com/english/news/stories/070615085629.gdkmesub.html

French conservatives win, socialists make gains. “The conservative party of President Nicolas Sarkozy won a solid victory in parliamentary elections on Sunday, but in a surprise, it failed to trounce the opposition on the left the way both the polls and politicians had predicted.” >> News at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/18/world/europe/18france.html?ref=world

German chancellor warns the EU summit may fail. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plans to get the bloc’s stalled constitution back on track seem increasingly shaky. Despite a weekend of intensive diplomacy, she has made no progress in the spat with Poland over a new voting system.” >> News at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,489149,00.html

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