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News in Brief: 9 September 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Pakistan’s Zardari is sworn in. Asif Ali Zardari has been sworn in as the new president of Pakistan, replacing Pervez Musharraf. (Al Jazeera)

US’s ‘good’ war hits Pakistan hard. US President George W Bush has for the first time explicitly named Pakistan as a new battleground in the “war on terror”, and urged Islamabad to “defeat terrorists and extremists”. To underline the point, the US has stepped up its own raids into Pakistan. (Asia Times)

NATO Bomb Kills 2 Afghan Civilians. A NATO bomb missed its target by more than 1 1/2 miles and hit a house Tuesday, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding 10 at a time of rising tension between the Afghan government and international troops over the use of airstrikes. (New York Times)

Thai Constitutional Court says PM must step down. Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej must resign for hosting two TV cooking shows, possibly boosting weeks of anti-government protesters. (Gulf News)

US Arm Twisting Wins India a Nuclear Waiver: Blow to Non-Proliferation. special waiver granted to India by the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) from its nuclear trade rules is being seen as a massive setback to the cause of global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. (Japan Focus)

Russia says its troops will stay in Georgian breakaway provinces for long time. Russia said Tuesday that it will station troops in two Georgian breakaway provinces for the foreseeable future, reaffirming its plans less than 24 hours after agreeing to pull forces from Georgian areas around Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (AP)

Belarus won’t recognize Abkhazia, South Ossetia yet. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko stopped short of recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Monday, leaving Nicaragua the only state to join Russia in recognizing them. (Today’s Zaman)

Israeli minister: It’s OK to kidnap Iran president. An Israeli Cabinet minister and onetime spy who helped kidnap Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann and bring him to trial thinks the same tactic could be used on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AP)

Iran wants Hamas to help, but not win. The relationship between Hamas and Iran has become one of the major obstacles to Palestinian peace. Unlike Hezbollah, there are limits to what Iran offers Hamas – a Sunni group not fully eligible for “full honors”. But Hamas does not take orders from Tehran, it use Iran, just as much as Iran uses it. (Asia Times)

Israel Moves to Judaise East Jerusalem. The Israeli government is attempting to Judaise Palestinian East Jerusalem, and maintain a Jewish majority against the demographic threat of a higher Palestinian birth rate. (IPS)

When success is failure in Iraq. Recently, with significantly lower levels of violence in Iraq extending into a second year, Washington insiders have begun crediting themselves with – finally – a winning strategy (a claim neatly punctured by Juan Cole, among other Middle East experts). In this context, actual Bush policy aims have, once again, emerged more clearly, but so has the administration’s striking and continual failure to implement them – thanks to the Iraqis. (Asia Times)

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