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News in Brief: 27 August 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Saakashvili’s Statement on Russia’ Action. Here is the written statement by the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, concerning Russia’s recognition of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent of Georgia. (New York Times)

Russia sets off alarm bells. The alacrity with which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree formally recognizing the breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states has stunned Western leaders. (Asia Times)

Taliban Gain New Foothold in Afghan City After Attack. A spectacular jailbreak in June highlighted the Afghan government’s frailty, and the security situation has only worsened since then. (New York Times)

Israel Pushes Ahead with Settlement Expansion. Israel has published tenders for the construction of 1,761 illegal housing units for Israeli settlers in occupied east Jerusalem alone, according to the Israeli rights group Peace Now. (IPS)

Pakistani Push in Tribal Areas Triggers a Flood of Refugees. An estimated 200,000 people from the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have been displaced since the Pakistani army launched the Bajaur operation early this month in response to growing U.S. pressure to take action against the Taliban in the region, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Washington Post)

India: Militants open fire in Jammu; 3 injured. On Tuesday, a high alert was sounded in Jammu region as three militants intruded into Jammu from across the international border early Tuesday. The militants remained untraced despite massive hunt in the area. (Times of India)

Mugabe to form new government. Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, has said he will form a new government with or without the opposition. (Al Jazeera)

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