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News in Brief: 21 June 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

‘Unfounded, exaggerated and ill-intentioned’… China’s official media have refuted recent reports and official statements in the West that highlight major advances in Chinese military capabilities. >> News at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/IF21Ad01.html

Taleban shifting focus to Kabul. “The Taleban in Afghanistan are changing their tactics to mount more attacks on the capital, Kabul, a spokesman for the militant group has told the BBC.” >> News at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6224900.stm

Bush considers reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood. “The Bush administration is quietly weighing the prospect of reaching out to the party that founded modern political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood.” >> News at: http://www.nysun.com/article/56899

Blair may become special mideast envoy. “The Bush administration is laying the groundwork for an announcement of Tony Blair’s appointment as a special Middle East envoy for Palestinian governance and economic issues after he steps down as Britain’s prime minister, following two months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, according to U.S. officials.” >> News at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/20/AR2007062001578.html?referrer=email

International Red Cross: nearly 2.5 millon of Iraqi refugees under the age of 12. >> News at: http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/3277/IRCO_Nearly_25M_Iraqi_Refugees_Under_Age_12

Hamas officials trying to begin a reconciliation process with Fatah were given a stark warning yesterday by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, that “there is no dialogue with these murderous terrorists”. >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2686852.ece

Abbas condemns Hamas. “President Mahmoud Abbas, backed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) executive, summoned the group’s parliament on Wednesday to try to boost support for his newly formed emergency cabinet.” >> News at: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L20912363.htm

Nigeria army raids oil facility. “Nigerian troops have killed 12 suspected fighters and freed an unspecified number of hostages in a dawn raid on an Italian-operated oil facility in the Niger Delta, the army said.” >> News at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C6220C07-B9AE-4A27-9FEC-54E1F6957560.htm

RCTV may air from Mexico. “The head of an opposition-aligned TV station in Venezuela which was taken off air by the government has said he may broadcast programmes from Mexico.” >> News at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6224054.stm

Canadian government gives land to First Nations band threatening a blockade. “Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has quietly defused the most likely hot spot of aboriginal protest this summer, adding 75 acres of new reserve land to the Manitoba community that threatened rail blockades and economic havoc.” >> News at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070621.wnatives21/BNStory/National/home

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