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News in Brief: 5 December 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Canadian Leader Shuts Parliament. Canada’s parliamentary opposition reacted with outrage on Thursday after Prime Minister Stephen Harper shut down the legislature until Jan. 26, seeking to forestall a no-confidence vote that he was sure to lose and, possibly, provoking a constitutional crisis. (New York Times)

US: Strategic Command Chief Urges Quick Nuclear Weapons Modernization. The leader of the U.S. Strategic Command said yesterday that “time is not on our side” to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, particularly as China and Russia upgrade their nuclear warheads and delivery systems. (Washington Post)

India and Russia sign deal for new nuclear plants. Russia President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday signed agreements to develop new nuclear plants in India as the countries sought to deepen ties beyond their historic defence and weapon sales relationship. (DAWN)

India sets sights on Pakistani camps. The deadly attacks in Mumbai may have provided enough impetus for India to attack militant camps inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir, according to a senior Indian official. New Delhi has already set up a federal anti-terror agency and has sought out Israel for assistance. It’s all fine by Washington, as long as it doesn’t lead to all-out war with Pakistan. (Asia Times)

India has proof of ISI role in Mumbai attacks: Sources. India has proof that the Inter Services Intelligence was involved in planning the Mumbai terror attacks and training the terrorists who killed more than 180 people during a 60-hour siege of the country’s financial capital, sources said in New Delhi on Thursday. (Times of India)

Public anger makes India-Pakistan compromise hard. In Pakistan and India, old suspicions have reemerged after the Mumbai attacks, and there are signs that public anger on each side of the border is shaping diplomacy. (McClatchy)

Deep in the land of the Taliban. If there is an exact location marking the West’s failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul. The post signals the edge of the capital. Beyond this point, the American-backed government of Afghanistan no longer exists and the territory becomes that of the Taliban, a decentralized slippery melange of nationalists, Islamists and bandits that morphs from district to district. (Asia Times)

Afghan warlord in Turkey but not in exile, official says. Former Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum has been in Turkey for a while, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Burak Özügergin said on Thursday. (Today’s Zaman)

Israeli police forcibly evict Jewish settlers from house in Hebron. Israeli police stormed a disputed building in the biblical city of Hebron yesterday, using tear gas and clubs as they dragged away 150 settlers after a standoff that has lasted for more than a year and a half. (Globe and Mail)

EU court annuls EU’s new Iran terror list move. A European Union court on Thursday annulled a new move by the bloc to freeze the assets of an exiled Iranian opposition group in the latest in a string of legal setbacks to its blacklist of suspected terrorist groups. (Today’s Zaman)

IDF preparing options for Iran strike. The IDF is drawing up options for a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities that do not include coordination with the United States, The Jerusalem Post has learned. (Turkish Weekly)

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