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News in Brief: 28 November 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Indian Forces Battle Pockets of Militants. As the crisis in Mumbai neared its 48th hour, Indian commandos were battling to overcome stubborn resistance by militants on Friday, seeking to end the bloody assault on India’s financial and entertainment capital that has shaken the nation and raised perilous regional tensions with Pakistan. (New York Times)

ISI chief to help investigate attacks in Mumbai. Chief of Pakistan’s powerful military intelligence agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), will soon go to India to help investigate the Mumbai attacks. (DAWN)

Anti-Piracy Flotillas Rattle Arab Security. Representatives from states bordering the Red Sea met in Cairo last week to forge a common policy against the threat of maritime piracy. But some local commentators say recent deployments of foreign naval forces to the area to combat Somali corsairs could constitute an even greater threat. (IPS)

Politics and pirates. Resolving Somalia’s piracy problem will take political as much as military intervention. (Al-Ahram)

Absent good intentions. The sheer level of bitterness between the conflicting parties may forestall all attempts at Palestinian reconciliation dialogue. (Al-Ahram)

Russia praises US on Nato decision. Russia’s president has welcomed a decision by the US government against speeding up Nato membership to Georgia and Ukraine, two former Soviet republics. (Al Jazeera)

Russia to host BRIC summit in 2009. Russia will host the first standalone summit of the BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — to deal with the global crisis and build a new international financial system. (The Hindu)

Post-Soviet security bloc to hold biennial joint drills. Defense ministers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) member states have agreed to hold joint Rubezh command-and-staff exercises every two years, Russia’s defense minister said on Friday. (Turkish Weekly)

Afghan anger over civilian death. Foreign troops in Afghanistan have opened fire at a vehicle outside the capital Kabul, killing at least one civilian, police officers say. About 100 people blocked the road near the place where the shooting occurred on Friday, throwing rocks at the police while shouting anti-US slogans. (Al Jazeera)

Canada’s Tories Seek to End Public Financing of Political Parties. Canada’s governing Conservatives announced plans on Thursday to eliminate public financing of all political parties, raising the possibility of a new federal election less than two months after the last one. (New York Times)

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