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24 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Priest’s link to IRA bombings covered up 

• James Chesney directed 1972 Claudy attacks
Police, govt and Catholic hierarchy hid truth NI secretary
‘profoundly sorry’

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Gunmen kill 32 at Mogadishu hotel

A woman injured in Mogadishu, Somalia

Somali MPs among dead after suicide bomber and gunmen dressed in army uniforms storm hotel, triggering …………………………..
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The backlash against Obama’s blackness

Dan Kennedy: From Arizona to Ground Zero via birthers, the Republicans are riding a wave of white resentment. It’s reckless and frightening

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Massoumeh Torfeh: Sanctions have aggravated infighting among Iran’s ruling clique. Now the US must take care not to play into hardliners’ hands……………………….

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The hikers' mothers, from left, Laura Fattal, Cindy Hickey, and Nora Shourd.

The families waiting for Iran to free their children

Monday, 23 August 2010

Three American hikers held by Tehran for more than a year are pawns in a diplomatic game, their families tell David Usborne………………………………

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Palestinians: No talks if settlement freeze ends

RAMALLAH, West Bank: President Mahmoud Abbas has warned President Barack Obama that he will pull out of upcoming peace talks if Israel ends a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction, a Palestinian negotiator said Monday………………………..

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‘US ready to resume Iraq combat’

Combat operations officially end in Iraq on August 31[Reuters]
 
 

The top US military commander in Iraq has said that a “complete failure” of Iraqi security forces could result in the US resuming combat operations in the conflict-ridden country.

The last US combat brigade withdrew from Iraq on Thursday, and on August 31 combat operations officially end and the role of the remaining 50,000 American troops switches to one of providing advice and assistance.

General Ray Odierno told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the ability of the Iraqi police and army to keep a lid on the violence was improving, but refused to rule out a return to US combat missions if things went sour……………………

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