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Financial Times

The Bush administration is "increasingly alarmed" about the diversion of militarily sensitive technology to Iran and Syria via Dubai, a US official said, threatening unspecified action if this diversion was not halted.

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by Henderson (AntiWar)

Imagine you're selling a product and a large gang – call it Gang A – comes along and tells you to stop and threatens to kill you, or at least destroy your property, if you don't. Gang A, though far way geographically, is very well-funded.

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AFP

British fraud investigators stopped a probe into a multi-billion pound arms deal with Saudi Arabia after Riyadh warned it would cancel the deal. The decision was made "in the wider public interest," balanced against the rule of law.

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NBC

The Red-Dead Sea canal project, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion, would exploit the 1,320-foot difference in altitude between both areas. If implemented, the desert area between the two seas would benefit from the fresh water to turn th

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New York Times

Following discussions with the Bush adminstration, several of Iraq's major political parties are in talks to form a coalition whose aim is to break the powerful influence of the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr within the government

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Der Spiegel

Are streets without traffic signs conceivable? Seven cities and regions in Europe are giving it a try -- with good results. "We reject every form of legislation," the Russian artistocrat and "father of anarchism" Mikhail Bakunin

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The Economist (UK)

FIGHTERS loyal to Somalia's Islamic courts last week took positions along the border with Ethiopia; this week they pushed further north than ever before, consolidating their grip. Loudspeakers under Islamist control blared out holy war against Et

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The Independent

Chinese officials have secretly executed a demonstrator who took part in a massive protest in 2004 against a hydro-electric dam in the south-western province of Sichuan. In a grim postscript to the summer of rural unrest that overtook China two years

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Washington Post

Instead of being praised for cracking down on vice, the Futian police came under a hail of criticism for violating the right to privacy of those who were paraded about in public. An outraged Shanghai lawyer started the uproar over the tactics with an

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Guardian

The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.

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NY Times

German authorities began a criminal investigation of a Russian businessman after finding traces of polonium-210 around Hamburg beginning on Oct. 28 — 4 days before he met in London with the former Russian spy who died after ingesting the radioactive

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Reuters

Russian President Putin has signed a law dropping a minimal turnout threshold. Not voting, in the hope that low turnout would make them invalid has happened several times in the past, has been one of the means for people to register discontent.

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AP

North Korea has offered Russia exclusive rights to its natural uranium deposits in exchange for support at the stalled talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Russia wants to enrich uranium and sell as nuclear fuel to China and Vietnam,

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AP

Leftist President Hugo Chavez won re-election by a wide margin, giving him free reign for a more radical turn toward socialism and six more years to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and beyond.

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