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News in Brief: 8 September 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Suspected US missile strike in Pakistan kills 9. Missiles from a suspected U.S. drone aircraft struck a house and seminary linked to a key Taliban commander on Monday, killing at least nine people, officials and witnesses said. (Washington Post)

Russia, Venezuela to hold naval war games. Russia and Venezuela will hold joint naval war games in what could be a Russian response to a NATO naval build-up in the Black Sea. Four warships and 1,000 marines from Russia’s Pacific Fleet would take part in joint manoeuvres with the Venezuelan Navy on November 10-14. (The Hindu)

Landmark U.S. plan to engage in atomic trade with India approved. The U.S. gained key international backing Saturday for a bitterly contested plan to sell peaceful nuclear technology to India — a South Asia powerhouse that has tested atomic weapons but has refused to sign global nonproliferation accords. (Globe and Mail/AP)

Militancy dogs Pakistan’s new president. Asif Ali Zardari, who convincingly won presidential elections at the weekend, brings to the office a distinctly checkered past, but he has the potential to become Pakistan’s most powerful president ever – unless militants have their way. (Asia Times)

Afghan Al-Qaeda chief warns of new attacks on West. Al-Qaeda has released a video featuring a senior commander who was rumored to have been killed in Pakistan in July, threatening more attacks after a suicide bombing on the Danish Embassy in Islamabad. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Evidence Points to Civilian Toll in Afghan Raid. The Afghan government, human rights officials, and a U.N. investigation back up the account of villagers who say 90 civilians were killed in a U.S. airstrike. (New York Times)

AFGHANISTAN: US-NATO Airstrikes Bring Higher Civilian Toll. Ramped-up U.S. and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan are causing an increased civilian death toll, raising concerns about the fallout from civilian deaths on the war effort against the Taliban insurgency, according to a major new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released here Monday. (IPS)

Europe Sends Mission to Moscow. A senior European Union delegation, led by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, arrived in Moscow on Monday to meet with the Russian president. (New York Times)

Cheney warns Rome over Russia’s energy grip. Dick Cheney, the US vice president who is on a four-country mission to counter Russia’s projection of power following its invasion of Georgia, reiterated his warning to Italy that Moscow should not be allowed to dominate energy supplies to Europe. (FT)

Azerbaijan at crosswinds of a new cold war. As Azerbaijan’s presidential elections near the political direction of the country is more than ever influenced by the United States-Russia power struggle. Baku wants to cultivate military ties with the US, but if it looks to the West, it must be prepared for serious blowback from its powerful neighbour. (Asia Times)

Japan’s ruling party leadership race heats up, candidates multiply. Seven candidates are expected to contest the election to become the Liberal Democratic Party president and replace Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who announced his resignation Monday amid sagging support and troubles with a parliament split between parties. (Today’s Zaman)

China plans spacewalk. China’s manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 would be launched between September 25 and 30 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province, a spokesman has said. (The Hindu)

Canada: PM downplays majority government. Moments after Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered a federal election for Tuesday, Oct. 14, he downplayed prospects of a majority win, saying even a stronger minority government is a prize worth calling an early vote. (Toronto Star)

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