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News in Brief: 17 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Sadr bloc ends Iraq parliament boycott. The parliamentary bloc loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada Al Sadr ended its boycott of the Iraqi legislature on Tuesday after quitting the assembly in June in protest at the bombing of a revered shrine. (Khaleej Times)

Iraq announces it is holding more than 2,000 foreign suspects. A top Iraqi official said Sunday Baghdad supports Saudi efforts to prevent cross-border infiltrations while the Interior Ministry announced having detained over 2,000 foreign suspects. In an interview with the Saudi Okaz newspaper, Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubaie said that security in the region is inseparable from that of Iraq’s. (Daily Star)

More troops to deploy in Pakistan’s NWFP region and Tribal Areas. According to Aaj TV, the government decided to expedite the recruitment of 15,000 troops in the security forces to maintain law and order in NWFP. (Daily Times)

Hamas rejects Bush peace proposal. A Hamas spokesman, called George Bush’s proposal “part of the US campaign aiming to rally support for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the face of the legitimacy enjoyed by Hamas”. Bush said “the world can do more to build the conditions for peace”, adding that Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, would chair the gathering and that attendance would be limited to states that back the creation of a Palestinian state, reject violence, and recognise Israel. (Al Jazeera)

Iraq sees new round of U.S.-Iran talks soon. Iran and the United States will meet shortly to discuss security in Iraq, to follow up a landmark meeting held in May, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Just another day in Iraq: 100 more fathers, mothers, sons and daughters killed. The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk killing at least 85 people and wounding a further 183. (The Independent)

Quake leaves Japanese nuclear plant with slew of problems. A Japanese nuclear power plant near the epicentre of a powerful earthquake suffered a slew of problems, including spilled waste drums, leaked radioactive water, fires and burst pipes, the reactor’s operator said Tuesday – more than 24 hours after the tremors struck. (Globe & Mail)

US says Turkey’s gas deal with Iran ‘particularly unwise’. The United States has voiced a clear objection to a deal signed between NATO ally Turkey and Iran on energy cooperation while also stressing that Washington is ready to continue joint efforts that will eventually make Turkey an energy hub for European countries. Iran’s visiting Petroleum Minister Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh and Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Güler on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Iranian gas export to Europe via Turkey and Turkmen gas export to Europe via Iran. (Today Zaman)

Britain expels Russian diplomats as row over Litvinenko murder grows. British ministers were braced for a tit-for-tat response by Russia after expelling four Russian diplomats from London in protest at the refusal of President Vladimir Putin to allow the extradition of the chief suspect wanted for the murder of the former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. (The Independent)

Canada settles disputes with Cree. It gives Quebec’s 15,000 Cree C$1.4bn ($1.3bn; £658m) over 20 years to settle long-standing claims and grievances. The money will also be spent on health services, economic development and will help build government structures. The agreement represents a significant step towards self-government for the native group. (BBC)

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