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UK plays down Basra raid dispute

BASRA (Reuters) — Iraqi police staged an angry anti-British protest in Basra on Wednesday as London and Baghdad sought to quell tension over a British raid to free two undercover soldiers held in the southern city. About 200 policemen who work at the police station damaged during the British raid …

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Hamas flexes muscles in Gaza City rally

RAFAH — Hamas supporters, including thousands of men and vehicles flaunting rockets, filled the streets of Gaza City in an impressive show of strength as Palestinian and Egyptian forces were busy imposing order on their chaotic border crossing. The Hamas rally on Sunday was a military-style victory parade. Masked men, …

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US keeps pressure on Syria

NEW YORK (AP) — The US is using the largest gathering of world leaders to try to keep up international pressure on Syria by branding it a meddlesome neighbour and a holdout against democratic advances in the Middle East. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice takes up the charge in meetings …

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Ahmadinejad makes splash

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a splash at the United Nations last week, matching diplomatic toughness with unexpected public-relations skills in his debut on the world scene. The hardliner flew into New York fighting what he called a “psychological war” with the West over his country’s …

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Baradei urges end to posturing on Iran

VIENNA (AP) — The chief UN nuclear inspector on Monday urged an end to confrontation over Iran’s atomic programme, and suggested talks over differences should take precedence over US and European threats to send Tehran to the UN Security Council. But the Western push for referral appeared back on track. …

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‘$1b plundered from Iraq funds’

LONDON (Reuters) — Large-scale corruption in Iraq’s ministries, particularly the defence ministry, has led to one of the biggest thefts in history with more than $1 billion going missing, Iraq’s finance minister said in an interview. “Huge amounts of money have disappeared. In return we got nothing but scraps of …

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Egypt, PA urge Gaza border monitoring

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and the Palestinian Authority are pushing Israel to agree to third party monitoring of border traffic as a way of reopening a legal crossing on the Gaza frontier, which thousands of people surged across illegally last week, officials said Monday. The proposal, under which officials from …

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