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US plan for Mideast peace delayed

The announcement of a US peace proposal for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been postponed following the return of Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who failed to reach agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on a framework for negotiations. The initiative, which President Obama…

Top Taliban leaders arrested in Swat; Pakistan proceeds in counter-insurgency efforts

On 16 September 2009, Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) announced the arrest of Taliban commander Sher Mohammad Qasab. The arrest was made in Swat, where Pakistani security forces have been engaging in battle since May 2009 alongside an alliance of Islamic insurgent groups labeled the Swat…

UNESCO to elect new Director-General

The upcoming election for the new Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), generally a politically innocuous UN agency, is the focus of debate this month concerning the prominent candidature of Mr Farouk Hosny, Egypt’s Minister of Culture. As a leading candidate…

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