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News in Brief: 30 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Haneef unlikely to get visa back. Exonerated terror suspect Mohamed Haneef is unlikely to get his Australian visa back, Prime Minister John Howard said tonight. Mr Howard and senior ministers are refusing to apologise to the former Gold Coast Hospital registrar, who was held in custody for almost four weeks as part of a bungled terror investigation. (The Age)

Bhutto: No power-sharing with army. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s former prime minister, has said she will not agree a power-sharing deal with Pervez Musharraf, the man currently in that job, as long as he also remained the head of the army. (Al Jazeera)

Suicide bomber targets Pakistani police amid new melee at mosque. A bomb targeting police reinforcements ripped through a hotel restaurant in the Pakistani capital on Friday, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 61, as troops fought hundreds of protesters in a melee at the newly reopened Red Mosque nearby. (McClatchy)

German Politicians Against US Arms Sales to Gulf Region. Saying that the Middle East’s powder keg is already explosive enough, foreign policy experts for Germany’s governing coalition have criticized US plans to sell arms worth billions to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. (Deutsche Welle)

Iraqi Prime Minister to visit Turkey for PKK talks. It’s expected that El Maliki and Turkish officials will discuss the precautions the Iraqi Central Administration ought to take against PKK terror; how the PKK acquired weapons the US gave to Iraq’s military; the extradition of the PKK’s European financier, Rıza Altun; and the Kirkuk issue. (Hurriyet)

Bush’s Turkish Gamble. The morass in Iraq and deepening difficulties in Afghanistan have not deterred the Bush administration from taking on a dangerous and questionable new secret operation. High-level U.S. officials are working with their Turkish counterparts on a joint military operation to suppress Kurdish guerrillas and capture their leaders. Through covert activity, their goal is to forestall Turkey from invading Iraq. (Washington Post)

Third of Iraqis ‘need immediate emergency aid’. Nearly a third of Iraqis need immediate emergency aid while the conflict in the country “masks the humanitarian crisis”, according to a report out today. (The Independent)

Hamas to Show an Improved Hand. Hamas leaders say they acquired thousands of paper files, computer records, videos, photographs and audio recordings containing valuable and potentially embarrassing intelligence information gathered by Fatah. For more than a decade, Fatah operated a vast intelligence network in Gaza established under the tutelage of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hamas leaders are expected as early as tomorrow to go public with some of the documents and the secrets they hold. (The Wall Street Journal)

The United States and NATO, along with several European states, expressed disappointment Saturday over Russia’s suspension of its participation in a key arms control treaty. The Kremlin announced Saturday that President Vladimir Putin had signed a decree suspending Russia’s application of the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. (Deutsche Welle)

Gorbachev Blames U.S. for Tensions. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday laid the blame for the current low in Russia’s relations with the West squarely at Washington’s door, accusing the United States of making “major strategic mistakes” that threw the world into a period of “global disarray.” (Moscow Times)

Abe vows to stay on. Shinzo Abe has reiterated his intention to remain Japanese prime minister despite a crushing election defeat that saw his party lose control of the upper house in parliament for the first time in years. (Al Jazeera)

US tightens financial squeeze on Iran. The US government is escalating financial sanctions against Iran and ratcheting up pressure on Iranian companies suspected of supporting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. (Jordan Times)

US-India: ‘123’ Nuclear Agreement Completed. India and the United States have announced a bilateral agreement permitting the export of U.S. civilian nuclear technology to India in exchange for a promise that the South Asian giant will allow International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) inspectors access to its nuclear facilities. (IPS)

Stage-managed nuclear tour reveals why Iran won’t be the first to blink. With a new round of UN sanctions looming to punish Iran for its refusal to halt the Esfahan activities and uranium enrichment at Natanz, the Iranian government has launched a charm offensive designed to ensure public opinion in Europe and the US that its nuclear intentions are purely peaceful. (The Independent)

Kouchner: ‘Pressure is needed’ to reach Lebanon deal. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Sunday in Cairo that pressure had to be exerted on Syria and Iran to avoid a new war breaking out in Lebanon. (Daily Star)

Lebanese troops advance into camp. More than 200 people have been killed since clashes broke out two months ago. Much of the camp, which was previously home to some 30,000 people, has also been destroyed in Lebanon’s worst internal conflict since the end of the civil war in 1990. (BBC)

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