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News in Brief: 12 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

‘A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi… You know, so what?’ Interviews with US veterans show for the first time the pattern of brutality in Iraq. >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2758829.ece

Lebanese army pounds refugee camps. >> News at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B66560F8-EB46-4D1A-91DD-A06880A627BF.htm

Lebanon prepares for a new war. “Last July the country was plunged into a 34-day conflict that left it in ruins. Amid the reconstruction, fighters are digging in again.” >> News at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,,2124155,00.html

Hamas boycott prevents Parliament session. “A Hamas boycott prevented the Palestinian Parliament from convening on Wednesday, a move President Mahmoud Abbas may seek to use as grounds to keep his emergency government in place.” >> News at: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=83751

Darfur conflict takes unexpected turn. New clashes in the Sudan illustrates part of an increasingly upside-down security picture in Darfur. With some janjaweed now fighting alongside rebels they once tried to kill — and with the rebels riven by disputes and attacking peacekeepers and aid workers — this is hardly the same conflict of four years agoNew clashes in the Sudan illustrates part of an increasingly upside-down security picture in Darfur. With some janjaweed now fighting alongside rebels they once tried to kill — and with the rebels riven by disputes and attacking peacekeepers and aid workers — this is hardly the same conflict of four years ago. >> News at: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/17820.html

US aircraft carrier Nimitz launches political row in India. “The uneasy relations between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Left over Indo-US defence ties came under further strain following the visit of the uss Nimitz to the Chennai port this month. The Nimitz, one of the world’s largest nuclear-powered warships, has been involved in several US operations and the Left view’s its presence in the Persian Gulf as an attempt to intimidate the Iran government.” >> News at: http://www.tehelka.com/story_main32.asp?filename=Ne140707nimitz.asp

Wave-skimming plane developed in China. “The plane can fly as low as half a meter from the ground, hitting speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour (180 miles per hour), while also carrying up to 4 tonnes on takeoff.” >> News at: http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn12239-waveskimming-plane-developed-in-china.html

Pope: Protestantism not proper church. “The Vatican has described the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as “not proper Churches” in a document issued with the full authority of the Pope.” >> News at: http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=116426

While Europeans vacation, Americans toil. Shorter vacations, longer work weeks and skimpy sick leave for Americans add up — not to greater upward mobility, but to a burned-out workforce earning less than preceding generations. >> News at: http://alternet.org/workplace/56523/

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