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News in Brief: 28 April 2009

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A brief list of news clippings for the day:

GM offers itself up for nationalisation. The ailing carmaker General Motors has proposed handing a controlling stake of more than 50% to the US government as it struggles to reach a deal with its lenders to avert imminent bankruptcy. (Guardian)

Indo-US ties: Obama to continue with Bush legacy. Indo-US relationship is possibly the only area of the US foreign policy, wherein President Barack Obama is not willing to undo the legacy of the previous Bush Administration. In fact, all indications coming from the White House are that Obama would further strengthen America’s relationship with India. (Express India)

EU studying mission to Ukraine, Steinmeier says. The European Union could send a mission to Ukraine to help the country deal with a political deadlock hindering the country’s response to the economic crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said. (Deutsche Welle)

A new order emerges in Lebanon. Calls for engagement with Hezbollah in Lebanon are increasing in Washington, Britain is opening dialogue with non-state players and the Syrians are back in the international arena. Steadily, the Middle East leftovers of the George W Bush era are being eroded, and people like Lebanese warlord Walid Jumblatt are preparing for the new alignments. (Asia Times)

Iran, Pakistan, And Afghanistan To Meet Monthly. The foreign ministers of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will meet once a month as part of efforts to fight terrorism and stabilize Afghanistan, the three countries have said. (RFE/RL)

Pakistan vows action if Taliban don’t exit. Pakistan warned militants on Tuesday to leave a district just 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the capital or face military action. (Times of India)

Sri Lanka: combat halt not truce with rebels. Sri Lanka said the army’s halt to combat operations against Tamil Tiger rebels shouldn’t be ‘misinterpreted’ as a cease-fire, as Tamils in the north accused the air force of continuing to conduct raids. (Gulf News / Agencies)

Medvedev highlights concern on jobless. Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is making clear his concern at the country’s growing number of unemployed, as fears grow that joblessness might become an ingrained, and dangerous, part of the economy. (Asia Times)

Israel: Civilians & Combatants. The crucial means for limiting the scope of warfare is to draw a sharp line between combatants and noncombatants. This is the only morally relevant distinction that all those involved in a war can agree on. We should think of terrorism as a concerted effort to blur this distinction so as to turn civilians into legitimate targets. When fighting against terrorism, we should not imitate it. (New York Review of Books)

Nagorno-Karabakh Talks Set For Next Week. The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet next week, and possibly again in June, to discuss the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, mediators have said. Ethnic Armenian separatists, backed by Armenia, fought a war in the 1990s to throw off Azerbaijan’s control of the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. An estimated 30,000 people were killed. A fragile cease-fire is in force but a peace accord has never been signed. (RFE/RL)

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: Border Hassles Abound. Visa-free travel between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan does not mean that crossing the border between the two Central Asian states is free of hassles. Uzbeks and Kyrgyz traders alike complain that convoluted customs procedures and corruption are hampering commerce. (EurasiaNet)

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