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News in Brief: 6 November 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Around the world, Barack Obama victory sparks cheer. In city squares and living rooms, ballrooms and villages, the citizens of the world cheered the election of Barack Obama as USpresident, ratcheting up hopes that America’s first black commander in chief would herald a more balanced, less confrontational America. (Today’s Zaman)

US: Big names jostle for top posts. While a president Barack Hussein Obama will present a strikingly different face of the United States to the rest of the world, how different his actual foreign policy will be remains unclear. On the one hand, Obama has repeatedly stressed the importance of multilateralism and diplomatic re-engagement with the world… On the other hand, most of his advisers are veterans of the administration of president Bill Clinton whose own brand of liberal interventionism. (Asia Times)

Obama and the Middle East. Of course it will take at least a year for Obama to sort out his Middle East team and for Israel, Iran and Lebanon to sort out their new leadership in elections that are scheduled to take place this coming year. (Syria Comment)

End Civilian Deaths, Karzai Tells Obama. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday called on President-elect Barack Obama to end U.S. airstrikes that risk civilian casualties after coalition forces allegedly killed dozens of people at a wedding party in southern Afghanistan this week. (Washington Post)

7 Afghan civilians die in coalition attack. As tension grew over civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes, Afghan officials reported a fresh attack on three villages in northwestern Afghanistan on Thursday that killed at least seven civilians and 15 Taliban insurgents. (IHT)

Petraeus says Afghan tribes could help fight militants. Afghanistan’s government is looking at ways to engage tribes in the fight against insurgents, a similar tactic to the one that helped reduce violence in Iraq, the new chief of U.S. Central Command said Thursday. (IHT)

Russia Gives Obama Brisk Warning. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned in a nationally televised address Wednesday that he will deploy short-range missiles near Poland capable of striking NATO territory if the new Obama administration presses ahead with plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe. (Washington Post)

EU Body Backs Start Of Talks. The European Commission on Wednesday backed restarting talks with Russia on a partnership deal that were frozen after the Russian invasion of Georgia in August. (Moscow Times)

Fighting continues in Congo; leaders seek solution. Heavy fighting continued for a second day on Wednesday between rebels and a pro-government militia in Congo’s lawless east, but a cease-fire was holding in the provincial capital, Goma, UN officials and a rebel commander said. (Today’s Zaman)

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad leader in northern Gaza. An Israeli spy plane killed a leader in the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip as a fragile ceasefire appeared on the verge of collapse. (Ma’an)

Putin for expansion of energy ties. Russia is looking to expand energy cooperation with India, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told visiting Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora. Mr. Putin was supportive of Mr. Deora’s proposal to form a joint venture between ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Rosneft for taking up exploration and development projects in east Siberia. Mr. Deora also invited Russian companies to participate in refinery and petrochemical projects in India and in the oil and gas exploration and production. (The Hindu)

Russia, Italy to sign energy deals. Russia and Italy were to sign energy deals on Thursday during a one-day visit to Moscow by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a Kremlin official said. (Khaleej Times/AFP)

Governor of Saudi province leaves under cloud. Saudi King Abdullah has removed a ruling family member accused of discrimination against the minority Ismaili Shiite community from his post, ostensibly at his own request. Prince Mishaal has been accused by Ismaili activists, who belong to an offshoot of Shiite Islam, of encouraging the seizure of lands in the Ismaili stronghold of Najran to settle Sunni Yemeni tribesmen who are granted Saudi citizenship in an attempt to alter the area’s demographic and religious makeup. (The Daily Star/AFP)

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