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Archive for July 26th, 2008

Israeli plans to develop a new settlement in the West Bank has raised strong international criticism.

The expansion was not helpful to the peace process, said a US official, while David Miliband (photo, from thesun.co.uk), UK foreign minister, expressed dismay at the reports. And UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was “deeply concerned” at the plan. (more…)

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A rescue bill, designed to prop up America’s battered housing market, has been approved by the US Senate. A $300bn rescue fund is created by the new law, in order to help thousands of homeowners to get cheaper loans.

It might also be used to bail out the struggling mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, which own or guarantee around half the nation’s mortgage debt. (more…)

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After at least six people have been killed in bloody sectarian clashes in the streets of the northern port Tripoly, Lebanese tanks have been sent there. Soldiers took position on Saturday, between the predominantly Sunni Bab al-Tebbaneh district the neighbouring largely Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen. (more…)

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Twelve people have been killed and more than 50 others injured in a series of explosions in the city of Ahmedabad in western India, according to officials.

On Saturday, there were 13 separate blasts across the city, which is the commercial capital of Gujarat state, said police sources.

The day before those blasts, there were seven almost simultaneous bombings in across the city of Bangalore. (more…)

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For enriching unranium, Iran, which is currently under UN sanctions, now possesses 6 000 centrifuges, nearly twice the number of only a few months ago, said president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo, from lepost.fr), who has claimed that the West has accepted the increase. (more…)

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