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Pakistan – Sympathy in Short Supply

The devastating earthquake in Pakistan’s northern mountains is turning into one of the toughest relief operations the world has ever known. Nearly 80,000 are thought to have died and many more are slowly succumbing to starvation, injuries and exposure to freezing temperatures and torrential rain. There has been a fair amount of idiotic political posturing…

Hackett’s News Hour

Golf in Sarajevo (AFP) A former frontline during the siege of Sarajevo has been transformed a decade later into a battlefield of a different kind, where bunkers no longer have anything to do with war. Betanija hill, on the outskirts of the capital, which came under fire for 43 months during Bosnia’s inter-ethnic war, is…

This Week’s News Updates

Iraq The Kuwaiti government has announced its approval for running regular flights to Basra and Baghdad. It is worth noting that flights between Iraq and Kuwait were suspended in 1990. After resuming relations, passengers were using a land road through the fly blown town of Safwan. Saudi Arabia Some 20 years after public screenings of…

Latest News From Around The Globe

Iraq/Turkey Iraq has asked Turkey to open an additional border crossing. The two countries are working for opening the new crossing, in a move which is aimed at developing trade between them and lightening traffic at the only land access to Turkey at al-Khabour area, in northern Iraq. The new suggested border gate would be…