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News in Brief: 10 December 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Strikes Cripple a Riot-Shaken Greece. A general strike crippled Greece on Wednesday, disrupting transport, banks and schools and curtailing hospital services in a new blow to the government after four days of violent protests over a police killing. (New York Times)

Pakistan arrests Mumbai suspects. Pakistan’s prime minister has confirmed the arrest of two men that India says had a role in last month’s attacks in Mumbai that left at least 171 people dead. (Al Jazeera)

Inspired by poll wins, Congress ready to face stormy parliament. With victories in three state assembly elections in its bag, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is readying to face the opposition onslaught on the Mumbai terror attack and price rises in the extended parliament session beginning today. (Gulf News/IAN)

Six Afghan police killed in US mistake. US Special Forces killed six Afghan police and wounded at least 11 today in a case of mistaken identity after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander, officials said. The attack collapsed the police station’s roof and damaged a civilian home nearby, said Gilani Khan, the deputy provincial police chief. (The Independent/AP)

Kazakhstan ponders joining Afghan fray. President Nursultan Nazarbayev is mulling the deployment of Kazakhstani peacekeepers to Afghanistan – the first Central Asian soldiers to be sent there since the Soviet- Afghan war of the 1980s. He wants the high-profile mission, but faces internal opposition. Moscow, meanwhile, is closely tracking Kazakhstan’s military rise in the region. (Asia Times)

Ukraine’s Leaders Reach Accord on New Coalition. After months of political discord, Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders announced that they had patched up their differences and would not call new elections. (New York Times)

Feiglin: Israel should pay Palestinians to quit West Bank. In an interview Wednesday with the Israel’s Knesset TV channel, controversial Likud figure Moshe Feiglin said Israel should formally annex the West Bank and pay each Palestinian family $250,000 to move away. At least 10 people in the Likud’s top 30 candidates are outspoken hardliners from Feiglin’s camp who are unlikely to support even the smallest concessions that Netanyahu might offer. (Haaretz)

Australia plans to filter Web content. The Australian government plans to test a national Web filtration system that would force Internet service providers to block access to Web sites with illegal content, sparking censorship concerns. (IHT)

Asia goes on a bargain hunt for resources. Analysts say Asia’s hunger for resource assets, despite the financial crisis, shows that companies are prepared to risk further commodity price downside to secure the raw materials for powering economic growth. (IHT)

China’s exports fall for first time in 7 years. China’s exports fell in November for the first time in seven years as global demand weakened, data showed on Wednesday, adding pressure on Beijing to reverse a worsening economic slump. (Times of India)

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