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News in Brief: 13 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

UN Hails Iran Nuclear Agreement
The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it has reached a deal with Iran to allow new inspections and safeguards at key nuclear facilities. (BBC)

Abbas Restaffs PA Government as State of Emergency Ends
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas restaffed his government on Friday at the end of a month-long state of emergency declared when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip. (Reuters/Haaretz)

Mosque protests erupt in Pakistan
Thousands have protested across Pakistan against a government raid on Islamabad’s Red Mosque that left more than 100 dead. (Al Jazeera)

Iraq Exodus Fuels Rise in Refugees, Displaced
By the end of 2006, according to the report, nearly 14 million people were living as refugees, an increase of nearly two million people from 2005, and the highest global total since 2001. (IPS)

The Power of the PA Presidency
PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who repeatedly clashed with Arafat while serving as prime minister, is trying to increase the power of the presidency. In his latest move reported by the Palestinian human rights group Al Haq, Abbas is looking to expand the power of the PA military courts to cover civilians accused of harming the “public safety.” (Checkpoint Jerusalem)

World Bank Says Gaza May Face ‘Irreversible’ Collapse
The World Bank said on Thursday the prolonged closure of Israel’s border crossings with Hamas-controlled Gaza could lead to the coastal strip’s “irreversible” economic collapse… Israel has largely closed the Karni commercial crossing, Gaza’s economic lifeline, in an effort to isolate Hamas after it seized control of the Gaza Strip a month ago. (Ynetnews)

US House votes for Iraq withdrawal by spring
The House measure passed 223-201 in the Democratic-controlled chamber despite a veto threat from President George Bush, who has ruled out any change in war policy before September. (AP/Independent)

Putting People Before Economics
Years after issuing its 1989 Declaration of Grand Anse that serves as the blueprint for a Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), regional leaders have come to the realisation that it will take more than economics to drive and deepen the integration process. (IPS)

Massive Bank Heist in Central Baghdad
Guards staged one of the largest bank robberies in Iraqi history, making off with a stunning $282 million dollars in cash from a private bank in central Baghdad. (IraqSlogger)

A year later, Hezbollah struggles to achieve goals
Nearly a year after claiming “divine victory” in the brief and vicious war it fought against Israel, the militant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah has fallen short of its ambition to collapse the U.S.-allied Lebanese government and install its own veto-wielding political axis. (McClatchy)

Venezuelan Government Surpasses Tax Collection Goals
Venezuela’s tax collection agency SENIAT announced yesterday that the government reached 63.7% of its tax collection goal for 2007 in the first half of the year. SENIAT collected more than Bs. 37 trillion (US $17.2 billion) in that period, compared to only Bs. 25.6 trillion (US $11.9 billion) in the same period of 2006. As a part of a policy that seeks to reduce state dependence on oil revenues, the Chavez government has increased tax enforcement in the country, while at the same time reducing the tax burden on the poor. (Venezuelanalysis.com)

Mass Firings at Téléco: The Privatization Plan Begins in Haiti
At least 500 Téléco workers received termination letters Friday as part of the government’s announced plan to privatize the company. Another thousand are expected to be fired on Monday. As of last week, there were approximately 2800 workers remaining after the first wave of mass firings, as the government works to reduce the total number of employees to 800, according to several sources. (Haitianalysis.com)

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