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News in Brief: 8 January 2009

A brief list of news clippings for the day:

Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Israel. Rockets fired from Lebanon landed in northern Israel on Thursday but both governments played down their significance as international efforts to end the 13-day war in the Gaza Strip gathered pace with the arrival of Israeli negotiators in Cairo. (New York Times)

Gaza Children Found With Mothers’ Corpses. The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers’ corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling. It accused Israel of failing to meet obligations to care for the wounded in areas of combat. (New York Times)

Israeli troops kill U.N. truck driver at Gaza crossing. Israeli soldiers opened fire Thursday on a truck attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip, killing one United Nations-contracted driver and seriously wounding another, U.N. officials said. (McClatchy)

Neoconservatism dies in Gaza. The Gaza War of 2009 is a final and eloquent testimony to the complete failure of the neoconservative movement in United States foreign policy. As their chief enabler prepares to exit the White House, the only nation they have strengthened is Iran; the only alliance they have deepened is that between Iran and two militant Islamist entities to Israel’s north and south, Hezbollah and Hamas. (Salon)

MIDEAST: Claiming Impartiality, Europe Leans Towards Israel. In carefully crafted official statements, diplomats have portrayed the European Union as something of an honest broker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet even though almost all of the people killed over the past fortnight have been Palestinians, some top-ranking leaders in the 27-country bloc have tacitly offered their support for Israel’s bombing and invasion of Gaza. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, the Union’s largest country, has stated that Hamas “clearly and exclusively” bore responsibility for the fighting because it had fired Qassam rockets on Israel. (IPS)

Turkey: Dozens more detained in new wave of raids on Ergenekon. Seven retired generals were detained yesterday along with at least 30 others as part of the ongoing Ergenekon investigation. A former senior prosecutor and the former head of the Higher Education Board were among those detained. (Today’s Zaman)

Pakistan fires national security adviser. Pakistan has fired its national security adviser amid tensions with India over the Mumbai attacks, a sign of strain on the weak civilian administration as it responds to growing pressure to track down and punish the alleged masterminds. (The Independent)

China making leaps in space. As far as we know, no more Chinese “taikonauts” are heading into space in 2009. However, China will place a small satellite bound for Mars atop a Russian rocket later this year. And Beijing has other significant space activities underway. (Asia Times)

Russia arms to Iran: A mistimed gambit? Reports originating from within Iran, alleging an agreement by Russia to supply Tehran with modern air defense systems, have sparked mixed reactions from official sources in Moscow. (Asia Times)

China Losing Taste for Debt From U.S. China has bought more than $1 trillion of American debt, but as the global downturn has intensified, Beijing is starting to keep more of its money at home, a move that could have painful effects for American borrowers. (New York Times)

Currencies Trading All Over the Map. Currencies including the dollar and the euro have entered a period of extreme volatility that is hindering global commerce and adding further uncertainty to a world economy facing its worst downturn in decades. (Washington Post)

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