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News in Brief: 11 September 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

India nuclear deal puts world at risk. Global restraints on nuclear proliferation are in the process of being abandoned. (IHT)

Iran offers nuclear help to Nigeria. Iran on Thursday offered to share its nuclear technology with fellow OPEC member Nigeria to help revive its dilapidated power sector, considered the biggest hurdle to economic growth in Africa’s most populous country. (DAWN)

US-Russian naval rivalries heat up over Black, Caspian, Persian Gulf seas. Washington is testing the Turkish government’s response to the permanent anchoring of US warships at either of the two Georgian ports of Poti or Batumi. This would be quid pro quo for Moscow’s interest in bases in Iranian Azerbaijan and the Persian Gulf. (DEBKAfile)

Russia and Turkey tango in the Black Sea. Moscow has welcomed Ankara’s proposal for a stability and cooperation pact in the Caucasus – the core of Russian thinking lies in the preference for a regional approach that excludes outside powers, that is, the United States. Effectively, the Black Sea is now a Russo-Turkish playpen. (Asia Times)

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers land in Venezuela, nuclear battle cruiser on way. The Russian defense ministry said the Tu-160 nuclear-capable, multi-mission bombers (NATO-coded Blackjack) arrived Wednesday Sept. 10 at a Venezuelan air base to take part in joint military exercises along with a Russian flotilla. (DEBKAfile)

Amid Growing Unrest, Bolivia Orders U.S. Ambassador to Leave. Bolivia said U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg supported rebellious groups in eastern regions that have been rocked by intensifying protests this week. (New York Times)

Cyprus rivals talk power-sharing at peace talks. Cyprus’ rival leaders are discussing power-sharing and governance in a new round of talks aimed at reunifying the island. (Today’s Zaman)

Top military officer warns that U.S. isn’t winning in Afghanistan. Warning that the United States could lose the war in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced Wednesday that he’d ordered a “more comprehensive” strategy there to address the growing cross-border insurgency. (McClatchy)

Afghanistan regains role as front line in ‘war on terror’. Seven years after the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Afghanistan is again the front line of the US-led “war on terror” with extremist unrest intensifying and a new focus on Pakistan’s tribal areas. (The Daily Star)

Civilians ravaged by US-NATO bombs. Given a shortage of troops, the United States and NATO have dropped 362 tonnes of bombs on Afghanistan in the first seven months of the year. In turn, civilian deaths have tripled from last year, driving people into the Taliban camp and even forcing Afghan President Hamid Karzai to demand a change… (Asia Times)

Coalition forces not allowed on our soil: Pakistan army chief. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani lashes out at the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan over conducting cross-border raids in the tribal belt. His strong reaction comes in the wake of mounting cross-border violations by US predator drones and a raid by coalition’s special forces inside a village in Pakistan’s tribal belt which killed over 15 people recently. (Times of India)

Israel asks U.S. for arms, air corridor to attack Iran. The security aid package the United States has refused to give Israel for the past few months out of concern that Israel would use it to attack nuclear facilities in Iran included a large number of “bunker-buster” bombs, permission to use an air corridor to Iran, an advanced technological system and refueling planes. (Haaretz)

Tehran protests Israeli threat against president. Iran has protested to the UN over an Israeli minister’s suggestion that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be abducted and dragged before an international court, the official IRNA news agency said Wednesday. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Israeli settlers annexing extra West Bank land, report says. Human rights group B’Tselem says some settlements up to two and a half times designated area. (Guardian)

Gates says ‘end game’ has now begun in Iraq . The United States is now in the “end game” in Iraq but should proceed cautiously with further reductions in troops in Iraq, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday in a congressional briefing. Gates said President George W. Bush’s decision to draw down only 8,000 troops from Iraq by February “represents not only the right direction but the right course of action.” (The Daily Star)

Unity Called for After Lebanon Blast. Lebanese leaders urged for calm after country’s first political assassination in months threatened efforts to reconcile its divided factions. (New York Times)

Eritrea calls Canadian visa refusal ‘hostile act’. Says its foreign minister denied visa on grounds that he took part in country’s war for independence. (Globe and Mail)

Rescuing Peace in the Middle East. The four leaders who met in Damascus this past week have this in common: they recognize the extreme danger of the present situation in the region, and the unwelcome fact that U.S. President George W Bush, far from acting to resolve conflicts, is largely responsible for the prevailing tensions. (Syria Comment)

Russia market slide subsides. Dmitry Medvedev stepped in to try to bolster confidence in Russia’s plunging stock market yesterday, as the central bank injected more than $10bn (€7.1bn, £5.7bn) into the banking system to alleviate a chronic credit shortage. (FT)

Economic gloom depresses the euro. The euro hits a fresh one-year low against the US dollar on renewed worries about the health of the European economy. (BBC)

Food trade’s fatal price pendulum. Five years on, the “conspiracy of silence” over collapsing commodity prices lamented by French president Jacques Chirac has been replaced by a global concern over soaring prices hitting hard the same group of countries. (Asia Times)

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