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News in Brief: 23 October 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Dozens on trial for coup plot. A Turkish court has reconvened the trial of dozens of alleged conspirators accused of attempting to overthrow Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government. The defendants are accused of trying to destabilize Turkey with attacks ahead of a coup planned for 2009. But the trial reflects a widening division between the country’s growing Islamic class and secular foes, some of whom have turned to violence. (Today’s Zaman)

Iraqi officials blast US ‘bullying’ over proposed pact to keep troops in place. Iraq warned on Wednesday it would not be bullied into signing a security pact with the United States despite warnings by US leaders of potentially dire consequences if it failed to approve the deal. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Russia Backs Keeping U.S. Force in Iraq. With the prospects for agreement on a proposed American-Iraqi security pact in doubt, the idea of allowing United States-led troops to stay under a United Nations mandate resurfaced this week, and Russia’s foreign minister told reporters that his country would support such a plan. (New York Times)

US, French leaders to discuss global financial overhaul. US President George W. Bush and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy are to meet Saturday to discuss how to avert future financial meltdowns and whether to overhaul global economic rules, as the worldwide fiscal crisis grows. (Khaleej Times/AFP)

Details of Iraq pact reveal US debacle. The final draft of the United States-Iraq Status of Forces agreement on the US military presence represents an even more crushing defeat for the policy of the George W Bush administration than previously thought, the final text reveals. (Asia Times)

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