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News in Brief: 1 December 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Al-Qaeda ‘hijack’ led to Mumbai attack. The militants who carried out the attacks on Mumbai last week were originally meant to head for Kashmir as part of a low-profile campaign of Pakistani-sponsored militancy there. But key reshuffles within Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and Islamabad’s refocus on unrest in the tribal areas that neighbor Afghanistan resulted in al-Qaeda hijacking the operation. (Asia Times)

Another Indian official ‘resigns’. The chief minister of the Indian state of Maharashtra has offered to resign after his deputy stepped down over the devastating attacks on the state capital Mumbai. (Al Jazeera)

SOFA not sitting well in Iraq. Iraq’s security pact with the United States may have been approved by the Iraqi parliament, but not without highlighting the major divisions in the country. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Shi’ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr remain on a collision course, and militants have responded with further violence in Baghdad, trying to demonstrate that the government cannot survive without the US presence. (Asia Times)

Blasts target Iraqi police recruits. At least 16 people have been killed and another 45 wounded in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, in a double bomb attack. (Al Jazeera)

Afghan-bound supply trucks attacked in Peshawar. Two people were killed in a grenade and gun attack on trucks transporting supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan near Peshawar, Pakistan, officials said on Monday. (Gulf News/Agencies)

Clinton as secretary of state: who’s backing her? If the anticipated appointment of Hillary Clinton as the next US secretary of state dismayed Barack Obama’s most ardent supporters, the formal announcement of the rest of his national security team today may tip them into a state of shock. (Guardian)

N. Korea Restricts Border Traffic. North Korea, one of the world’s most shuttered states, pulled the curtains tighter on Monday, drastically cutting South Korean access to a joint industrial complex in the border city of Kaesong. (Washington Post)

Israel’s Navy Blocks Libyan Ship Carrying Supplies for Gaza. The Israeli navy on Monday turned away a Libyan ship heading to Gaza with 3,000 tons of humanitarian aid, ending the most high-profile effort yet to break a blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. (New York Times)

Israel approves release of 250 Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas amid persistent violence around the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. (Khaleej Times/AFP)

Iran proposes building nuclear power plants with Arab states. Iran on Sunday proposed building light-water nuclear power plants jointly with neighboring Arab countries. (RIA Novosti)

Turkey explosions kill two, injure 15. The blast occurred Monday at the entrance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party branch in the downtown Sisli district. (DAWN)

Central role of Turkey’s National Security Council fades away. Under the 2003 law, the National Security Council (MGK) activities and decisions… were reduced to the level of recommendations to the Cabinet, and a civilian was appointed as MGK secretary-general for the first time. Five military members were to remain in the MGK, while the number of civilian members was increased to seven. (Today’s Zaman)

Romanian election neck-and-neck. Romania’s opposition Liberal Democrats and Social Democrats are running neck-and-neck in general elections, partial results show. (BBC)

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