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News in Brief: 12 December 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Pakistan’s military takes a big hit. Pakistani authorities have wasted no time in implementing the declaration by the United Nations of the Jamaatut Dawa as a terror organization. Leaders of the group – now internationally designated as linked to the outfit involved in the Mumbai attack – have been rounded up, and its assets frozen. Significantly, the action was taken against the wishes of the military, which was outmaneuvered. Next, Islamabad’s leaders have to tackle the country’s all-powerful spy agency. (Asia Times)

U.S. keeps silent as Afghan ally removes war crime evidence. (McClatchy)

NATO Convoys Under Taliban Attack. The past two months has seen an upsurge in violence unleashed by Pakistani Taliban in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the adjacent tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. (IPS)

Russia could join OPEC, cut oil production – Medvedev. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev refused to rule out on Thursday the possibility of Russia joining OPEC, and also said the country may cut oil production to regulate prices. (Turkish Weekly)

Japan Extends Afghan Naval Support. Japan’s ruling party pushed through a law on Friday to extend a refueling mission by its navy in the Indian Ocean, allowing Tokyo to keep its small but symbolic presence in the American-led military action in Afghanistan. (New York Times)

THE TANGLED US-IRAN KNOT, Part 1 : Change or deja vu? Obama divides Iran. Iran is split down the middle on whether United States president-elect Barack Obama has the freedom to change entrenched Washington policies. One view is that he offers a chance for Iran to end its decades-long conflict with the US. Others say he’s just a puppet of powerful forces – especially the pro-Israel lobby – that are hostile to Iran. (Asia Times)

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