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In a first, award goes to a Muslim woman

NYT, OSLO Shirin Ebadi on Friday became the first Muslim woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her work promoting the rights of women and children in Iran over the past three decades. In awarding the […]

Putin: Why Not Price Oil in Euros?

Moscow Times, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia could switch its trade in oil from dollars to euros, a move that could have far-reaching repercussions for the global balance of power — potentially hurting the U.S. dollar and economy and […]

A Shi'ite warning to America

Asia Times, NAJAF, Iraq – Ammar Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, white-turbaned, with horn-rimmed glasses, is polished, soft-spoken, as he sits on a cushion in a secluded chamber to receive Asia Times Online at the Najaf office of the Supreme Council of […]

So, was it worth it?

The Guardian, Tariq Ali and Mike O'Brien discuss the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan, which began two years ago this week. Dear MikeIt was hugely entertaining to see Hamid Karzai appear on the platform at the Labour party conference […]

Israel extends nuclear weapons capability

LA Times, Israel has modified American-supplied cruise missiles to carry nuclear warheads on three of its submarines, giving the Middle East's only nuclear power the ability to launch atomic weapons from land, air and beneath the sea, according to senior […]

India's plan to buy Israeli radar bolsters military

FT, New Delhi yesterday agreed to buy the Israeli-made Phalcon early warning radar system, a move that will bolster India's conventional military superiority over regional rival Pakistan. Indian, Israeli and Russian defence officials signed a memo that commits India's air […]

Israel kills six in tank attack on Gaza camp

Independent, At keast six Palestinians, including two children aged eight and 12, were killed by Israeli forces yesterday in the biggest military operation in the Gaza Strip for three months, witnesses said. Residents of Rafah refugee camp contacted by phone […]

US aircraft maker ruled out by Singapore

FT, Singapore yesterday sent a clear signal to Lockheed Martin that it was not prepared to tie itself to one supplier of fighter aircraft when it excluded the US defence contractor from a key competition. The decision came as a […]

SA and Swedes sign R100m arms contract

The Mercury, Linkoping – Saab, the Swedish aircraft maker, announced that it was placing further manufacturing orders worth R100-million with South African arms maker, Denel. The state-owned manufacturer is assembling two sections of the advanced Gripen fighter aircraft. Under the […]

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