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News in Brief: 26 August 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Russia declares Georgia rebels free. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced that he had signed a decree under which Russia formally recognises the rebel Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. (Times of India)

U.N. says has evidence air strikes killed 90 Afghans. The United Nations said on Tuesday it had found convincing evidence that 90 Afghan civilians, most of them children, were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces in western Afghanistan last week. (Washington Post/Reuters)

Afghanistan demands review of international troops. Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government has demanded a review of the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in the country amid allegations that large numbers of civilians have died in raids and air strikes by foreign forces in recent weeks. (Globe and Mail/AP)

China non-committal on Indo-US nuclear deal. With India and the US rewording the draft waiver ahead of the NSG meet in September, China, a key member of the 45-nation grouping, on Tuesday remained non-committal on supporting the nuclear deal between the two countries but said it backed “peaceful” use of atomic energy by all nations. (Times of India)

Four killed in Kashmir police firings. Four persons were killed and about 200 injured on Monday as the CRPF and the Army opened fire on protesters, who defied curfew and staged demonstrations, at several places in Kashmir. (The Hindu)

30 injured in fresh Jammu protests. Thirty persons, including a Senior Superintendent of Police, were injured in renewed protests in various parts of Jammu. (The Hindu)

U.S. diplomat escapes gun attack in Pakistan. Gunmen opened fire on the top U.S. diplomat in northwestern Pakistan early Tuesday as she left for work in her armoured vehicle, police and embassy officials said. No one was killed in the attack. (Globe and Mail/AP)

U.N. Envoy’s Ties to Pakistani Are Questioned. Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is facing angry questions from other senior Bush administration officials over what they describe as unauthorized contacts with Asif Ali Zardari, a contender to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. (New York Times)

U.S. to Deliver Aid to Tense Georgian Port of Poti. In a direct challenge to Russia, the United States announced Tuesday it intends to deliver humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Georgian port city of Poti, which Russian troops still control through checkpoints on the city’s outskirts. (New York Times)

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