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News in Brief: 3 September 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Syria to host four-way talks on peace process with Israel. summit on the indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel will be held Thursday in Damascus and will involve France, Syria, Turkey and Qatar, the French presidency said on Tuesday. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Hamas denies political chief Meshaal quit Syria for Sudan. The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Tuesday denied that its political supremo Khaled Meshaal had moved from his self-imposed exile in Syria to Sudan. (AFP)

U.S. Rejects Claims of Afghan Deaths. U.S. military officials on Tuesday flatly rejected claims by the United Nations and the Afghan government that a U.S. airstrike in western Afghanistan two weeks ago killed at least 90 Afghan civilians, saying that a complete investigation into the incident found that only five civilians were killed. (Washington Post)

Cheney to rally U.S. allies in Russia’s backyard. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Wednesday for the first leg of a trip to show that Washington stands by its allies in the region after Russia’s military intervention in Georgia. (Today’s Zaman)

U.S. to Announce $1 Billion Georgia Aid Package. The Bush administration plans to announce a $1 billion package of aid to help rebuild Georgia after its rout by Russian forces last month. (New York Times)

Ukraine’s President accuses opponents of ‘coup’ attempt. Ukraine’s President ordered the creation of a new governing coalition Wednesday and threatened fresh elections, accusing his rival Prime Minister and opposition parties of attempting a “constitutional coup.” (Globe and Mail/AP)

Russia’s Lavrov moves to defuse mounting tensions with Turkey. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday his country was not discriminating against Turkey in trade relations and that both sides would soon hold talks to resolve a customs row. (The Daily Star)

Georgia crisis raises hopes in Moldovan rebel region. People in this would-be state, a strip of land just 30 km (20 miles) wide and 200 km (120 miles) from north to south, have been heartened by Moscow’s recognition of secessionists from another ex-Soviet state, Georgia, following a brief war last month. (Reuters)

Did Bush mislead India on nuclear deal? Barely a day ahead of Nuclear Supplies Group’s meeting on the Indo-US nuclear deal, a secret letter by US President George W Bush addressed to the US Congress, has come out in open, sending shockwaves across India. (Times of India)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Unhurt After Shooting. Shots were fired at the motorcade of Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Wednesday afternoon near the capital, Islamabad, but Mr. Gilani was not in the motorcade at the time, Pakistani officials said. (New York Times)

Pakistan: A history of political violence. Bravery is essential in Pakistani politics. The attempted assassination today of its prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, is just the latest instance of violence in the country’s bloody 60-year history. (Guardian)

Iranian Parliament Delays Vote on Bill That Upset Judiciary, Women’s Activists. Iran’s parliament has indefinitely delayed a vote on proposed changes to the country’s civil law that had angered an unusual coalition of women’s rights activists and Iran’s judiciary. (Washington Post)

Iran seeks deeper ties with Latin America. Iran has pledged to deepen its commercial and energy ties with Bolivia as part of an effort to acquire a higher profile in Latin America. Iran has already pledged a $1.1-billion aid package to Bolivia, which is trying to develop its gas industry. (The Hindu)

Tehran expels head of Al-Arabiyya bureau. The head of the Tehran bureau of pan-Arab television station Al-Arabiyya said Tuesday Iranian officials had demanded his departure from the country. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Oil price at lowest point in five months, may fall more. Oil prices declined nearly $6 a barrel on Tuesday on the news that the Gulf Coast region’s energy infrastructure escaped serious damage from Hurricane Gustav, and analysts expected the trend of falling oil and gasoline prices to continue. (McClatchy)

New dam delivered to US aid project in Afghanistan. Thousands of British, US and Canadian forces successfully escorted a new turbine through some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous Taleban territory to an American aid project that hopes to increase electrical production for the country’s south. (Khaleej Times/AP)

Hopes rise in Cyprus as leaders launch fresh reunification talks. The leaders of the divided island of Cyprus began a new round of peace talks today that are seen as the most promising chance of reuniting the country after 34 years of division. (Guardian)

Is the Vatican supporting Gaydamak for mayor of Jerusalem? Arcadi Gaydamak, the billionaire candidate for mayor of Jerusalem, met on Monday with the Vatican’s representative in Israel. (Haaretz)

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