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Archive for July 23rd, 2008

A draft law paving the way for provincial elections has been denounced by Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani (photo, from bbc.co.uk), after being adopted by MPs, despite a walkout by the Kurdish bloc. (more…)

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The health of Guernica (photo), Picasso’s masterpiece that depicts intense suffering, is not in danger, said the Reina Sofia art museum, after carrying out the first X-ray of Pablo Picasso’s 20th century anti-war painting. (more…)

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In his first reaction to a new call for Tehran to end uranium enrichment, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo), Iranian president, said that his country will not “retreat one iota” in its nuclear activities. (more…)

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When Moscow and Caracas agreed to extend bilateral co-operation on energy, Hugo Chavez (photo, from bbc.co.uk), Venezualian president, has called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect his country from the US. (more…)

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Barack Obama (photo, from bbc.co.uk), US Democratic presidential candidate, said he wants to stregthen US ties with Israel, at the beginning of his two-day visit in Israel. He spoke on arrival in Tel Aviv, after visiting Jordan and Iraq. (more…)

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Altough he faces a possible international arrest warrant for allegedly masterminding genocide in Darfur, Omar al-Bashir (photo), the president of Sudan, has arrived in the troubled province for a visit. The two-day trip will take him to the three state capitals in the region : El Fasher in the north, Nyala in the south and El Geneina in the west. (more…)

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Detainees in Guantanamo (photo, from bbc.co.uk) have not been advised of any rights by interrogators, because the military prison is dedicated to intelligence gathering, not to law enforcement, said an FBI agent, testifying at the first Guantanamo war crimes trial. (more…)

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