22 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses

US passes landmark healthcare bill

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Afghan group on ‘Kabul mission’

Delegation of Hezb-i-Islami in Afghan capital with plan for peace talks, reports say.

Israeli raid strikes Gaza tunnel

Fighter jets target southern Gaza following spate of Palestinian deaths in West Bank.


News Middle East


Election body rejects Iraq recount

Partial results indicate a close race between Maliki and former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi]

Iraq’s election commission has dismissed calls from Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, for all of the votes in the March 7 parliamentary election to be recounted by hand.

Faraj al-Haidari, the Independent High Electoral Commission [IHEC] chief, said on Sunday that for a full manual recount to take place there would have to be evidence of serious electoral fraud, and none had been provided.

“They are asking for a manual recount, that is like asking for a re-run of the entire election. If they don’t accept that we are running the best election software in the world then how are they going to believe in pen and paper,” he said.

“If they have doubts and think that there are errors, they can ask us to hold recounts at particular centres, but not across all of Iraq.”


Obama delivers a statement to the nation following the vote on health care reform

US House approves healthcare overhaul

In a late-night 219-212 vote, House Democrats approved the most dramatic health policy changes in four decades. The vote sends the bill, already passed by the Senate, to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

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