Archive for October, 2009

Although the Pentagon cleared Chinese Muslim in 2004, a number of them are still being held at Guantanamo Bay (photo, from bbc.co.uk).

The US Supreme Court has said it will hear a case about the rights of ethnic Uighurs detained at the prison. (more…)

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Hamid Karzai did not gain enough valid votes for an outright win, according to a panel probing fraud claims in the Afghan election.

Although preliminary results from August’s first round had placed Karzai comfortably over the 50% plus one vote threshold needed to avoid a run-off, the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) recommended that ballots from 210 polling stations be discounted. (more…)

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Guinea’s military leader has warned on Saturday that Guineans are strongly opposed to international peacekeepers in their country.

Five days before Capt Moussa Dadis Camara’s comments, scores of opposition supporters were shot dead by Guinea’s forces at a pro-democracy rally. (more…)

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The European Union’s Lisbon Treaty is back on track, with the Irish voters who approved the 27-nation bloc’s plans for reform.

On Saturday, the electoral office said that 67.1 per cent of voters had said “yes”, reversing the win last year by the “no” campaign. (photo, from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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The Washington Times reported that US president Barack Obama, has agreed to abide by a 40-year policy of allowing Israel to keep nuclear weapons without opening them to international inspection.

On Saturday, the US newspaper quoted three unnamed sources as saying Obama had confirmed to Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, that he would maintain the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. (more…)

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