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28 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Spain’s Catalonia bans bullfighting

 Regional parliament bans Spain’s favourite sport after heated debate.
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Row over Afghan rocket attack

A rift between the Afghan government and Nato officials over a rocket attack in Helmand province appears to be deepening.

Afghanistan’s president says 52 civilians were killed in an attack by international forces.

But the Nato-led force says a preliminary investigation has not revealed any civilian casualties.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports.

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Iraq reconstruction funds ‘missing’

Iraq’s oil reserves are estimated to be the world’s third-largest after Saudi Arabia’s and Canada’s [AP]
 

The US Defence Department is unable to properly account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the US for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit.

This came in an audit report released by the US Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction on Tuesday.

The report offers a compelling look at continued laxness in how such funds are being spent.

The audit found that shoddy record keeping by the Defence Department left the Pentagon unable to fully account for over 95 per cent of a total of $9.1 billion it withdrew between 2004 and 2007 from a special fund set up by the UN Security Council.

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Bought at a garage sale for $45, the photographs worth more than $200m

 By Stephen Foley in New York

Top, one of the photographs discovered by Rick Norsigian. Experts believe it to have been taken on the same day as the verified Ansel Adams photograph below
Top, one of the photographs discovered by Rick Norsigian. Experts believe it to have been taken on the same day as the verified Ansel Adams photograph below

 Photos In pictures: the rediscovered Ansel Adams photos

Rick Norsigian, a Californian antique buff, knew exactly what he was looking for when he went rooting through a Fresno garage in 2000. He was looking for a vintage barber’s chair, to add to his eclectic collection of old telephone switchboards, petrol pumps and aeroplane propellers. But when the chair turned out to be a dud, he chanced upon something that changed his life: two boxes of antique glass negatives which, a Beverly Hills art appraiser declared yesterday, were the work of Ansel Adams, the father of American photography.
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An injured soldier is helped after his armoured vehicle struck an explosive device in the Arghandab Valley

Leaks dampen enthusiasm for war on Capitol Hill

US tells Pakistan that leaks will not harm relations, while Obama faces having to justify strategy to public

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Sir Mike Jackson at the Iraq inquiry 

Live Ex-army chief giving evidence after successor Sir Richard Dannatt says forces were overstretched

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