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News in Brief: 25 June 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Documents show Fatah leader, Dahlan, was working with Al Qaeda with the idea of blaming trouble on Hamas. “Hamas has turned over to the Egyptian authorities substantial parts of the intelligence information that fell into its hands when it overran the headquarters of Fatah-controlled security headquarters in Gaza.” >> News at: http://arablinks.blogspot.com/2007/06/egyptian-paper-documents-show-dahlan.html

Al-Qaeda deputy backs Hamas. >> News at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/CC39A8CD-DC4D-4ABC-994E-A3FAB150695F.htm

A silent revolution in Turkey. >> News at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IF26Ak02.html

Hundreds flee homes as Turkish forces battle Kurdish fighters. >> News at: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/04ed94347b14aaabab5da4207567e7d9.htm

Two Kurds die in failed suicide attack. “Two separatist Kurdish rebels were killed when a fuel tanker they were planning to ram into a military outpost in a suicide attack was fired upon and exploded before they could approach, officials said Sunday.” >> News at: http://www.topix.net/world/middle-east/2007/06/2-kurds-die-in-failed-suicide-attack

Russia’s tango with Tehran. “Russia realizes it may have overreached in its recent balancing act in the Middle East. It has treated Iran shabbily, to Washington’s delight. Now, with Tehran beginning to “engage” Washington, Moscow realizes that it must get its act together with Iran, the regional power of growing consequence, or deal with the US from a position of weakness.” >> News at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IF26Ak03.html

Special arrangement with Kurdistan draws criticism to the oil law. “A recent arrangement with the Kurdish regional government has eliminated a major hurdle for the passing of a new oil and gas law in Iraq.” >> News at: http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/3319/Iraq_Papers_Monday_The_Kurdish_Clause

China’s stock market is casino hot. “Share prices on the Shanghai Stock Exchange have risen almost 200 percent since the start of last year.” >> News at: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/17197.html

Australian prime minister John Howard takes total control of aboriginal communities. “Prime Minister John Howard announced on June 21 a plan to take control of some 60 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, supposedly to tackle a child sex abuse crisis in those communities. It is a plan that severely limits and in some instances eradicates the democratic and land rights of all Aboriginal people.” >> News at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/715/37127

India’s election. “Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat today filed his nomination as an independent candidate in the presidential election with Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress remaining absent.” >> News at: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200706251401.htm

NATO concedes Afghan shortfalls. “Nato has said it needs to do better in its operations in Afghanistan, after coming under criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.” >> News at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6234046.stm

Detainees’ claims won’t be fully checked. “Canadian military says that official investigation of abuse can’t look at what happened after prisoners were handed over to Afghan authorities.” >> News at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070625.wdetainees25/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

CIA to release decades of classified files. “The CIA will declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing some of the intelligence agency’s worst illegal abuses.” >> News at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/21/AR2007062102434.html?referrer=email

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