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24 Jun

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

US outcry over unborn baby deaths

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Fetus US criminals

Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion

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Afghanistan: America’s top commander says US troop withdrawals are risky

Admiral Mike Mullen says withdrawal of 23,000 troops by next summer was bigger than he had been prepared to back

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Demonstration in Tahrir Square

Egyptian left threaten ‘million-strong’ protest to stop Islamists winning power

Liberals say post-Mubarak transition proposal favours Muslim Brotherhood – but religious groups reject ‘constitution-first’ plan

Alsharifa Lana Engawi drives around the Al-Shatea roundabout in Jeddah on Friday. (AN Photo)

Jeddah woman driver accelerates campaign

JEDDAH: The Women2Drive campaign continued down a rocky road with some sustaining the campaign a week after it was launched with sporadic efforts on Friday. Meanwhile a dawa (Islamic propagation) group, in Riyadh made clear its belief that women driving cars is against Islamic principles.

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US drawdown raises concern 

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama bet on continued progress in Afghanistan during his speech Wednesday night when he announced that all 33,000 surge troops would be withdrawn by summer 2012 — right in the middle of next year’s US election season and Afghanistan’s fighting season. The first 10,000 US troops are coming home at the end of this year.

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NATO chief tries to repair cracks over Libya mission

TRIPOLI: NATO’s chief on Thursday slapped down a call from Italy for a suspension of hostilities in Libya and tried to reassure wavering members of the Western coalition that Muammar Qaddafi can be beaten. Italy’s cease-fire call exposed the strain on the NATO alliance, nearly 14 weeks into a bombing campaign that has so far failed to dislodge Qaddafi but is causing mounting concerns about its cost and about civilian casualties.

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