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Jan. 8, 10 -- -- "The Al-Shabab movement which has been conducting exercises to show off their military might has said they will take full control of Somalia and will extend Shari'ah law in all parts of the country . . . The former spokesman for Al-Shabab, Shaykh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, who is now believed to have been promoted to a senior level position in the group, has said their forces are ready to carry out attacks in parts of the country which are governed by a constitution he referred as being based on "disbelief". Shaykh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur while talking to the media in southern Somalia has said they are planning to extend Shari'ah law in all parts of the country as a matter of urgency and urged civilians to support their group in their operations. Abu Mansur particularly threatened the administrations of Puntland and Somaliland which he said have satisfied the demands made on them by the Ethiopian government and others in the west. Abu Mansur also accused the two administrations of having done away with the Shari'ah law and said they will arrive there soon."

Aug. 8, 09 L'Intelligent (Abidjan) -- "Ivorian authorities on 6 August expelled Lebanese-Ivorian Imam Kobeisi, who is also the Imam of the Al Zahara Mosque in the Marcory neighborhood of Abidjan, as he was returning from Beirut. The report says the anti-terrorism unit of the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance escorted Imam Kobeisi 'manu-militari' back into the aircraft and seized his Ivorian passport in the presence of the 'powerless' Lebanese ambassador and some of the Muslim faithfuls, who had come to receive the imam at the airport. The report further says Kobeisi's expulsion was prompted by US and Israeli intelligence alert to Ivorian authorities on the Imam's activities and possible ties to Hizballah."

July 19, 2009 -- Sao Paulo -- O Estado de Sao Paulo reported "that Federal Police are testing an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with cameras to be used in surveillance of the Brazil-Argentina-Paraguay triborder region in the west of Parana State. The Israeli drone is the first of three that the PF will fly and the first used in non-military operations. Night vision equipment will be used in the test flights. Brazil also plans to use drones to watch the country's borders with Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, where drug and weapons running, contraband, and crime in general are routine procedure, as well as observe indigenous triballands and environment protection efforts."

May 22, 2009 (QNA) -- "Yemen denied Friday reports that clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators left three people dead and 25 others injured in the southern port town of Aden, Yemen news agency (SABA) reported. "No clashes occurred between security forces and demonstrators in Aden," SABA quoted Aden's governor Adnan al Jefri as saying. "The province issued earlier a decision to avoid any clashes with demonstrators and not to give opportunity to those who stand behind unrest." the governor added. According to media reports, thousands of protesters, known as the anti-government Southern Movement, rallied in Aden, demanding that the country's south secede. The alleged clashes came on the 19th anniversary of the country's formation when the states of North and South Yemen united after signing a peace agreement. But in 1994, a short-lived civil war erupted when former southern Vice President Ali Salim al Baid declared cessation. Al Baid has assumed leadership of the Southern Movement and is again pushing for the south to split from the north, to become a socialist state.

May 20, 2009, Xinhua -- "Israel has decided to reopen its New Zealand embassy, which was closed seven years ago, local news service Ynet reported Wednesday. According to the report, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the decision on Tuesday. In 2002, Israel closed the embassy due to budget cuts. About two years later, Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) agents were arrested in the country since they tried to steal local passports and use them in their espionage operation. The two men were convicted and served six months in prison before being deported from New Zealand. The incident led to a crisis in the relation between the two countries, with New Zealand imposing diplomatic sanctions on Israel, said the report, adding that the conflict was eventually resolved over a year after the arrests, following a formal apology from Israel. At that time, Israel also vowed to have its embassy in Wellington reopened, but this promise has not materialized until now."

May 12, 2009 -- Voice of Tanzania-Zanzibar -- "The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed a cooperation agreement and a deal on financial aid to Zanzibar. The first agreement regarding cooperation in various fields especially the promotion agriculture, education, industries and farming, was signed by the president of Zanzibar and chairman of the Revolutionary Council, Dr Amani Abeid Karume, and Iran's first deputy president, Dr Parviz Davudi."

May 12, 2009 - VOA, "NATO's Defense Planning Committee has confirmed U.S. Admiral James Stavridis as the alliance's new top military commander, making him the first naval officer to hold that post. Admiral Stavridis will replace U.S. General John Craddock as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Stavridis has been heading the U.S. Southern Command, overseeing U.S. military operations in South and Central America" . . . Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen will replace Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as NATO secretary-general in July.

March 10, 2009 -- TEHRAN (ISNA)-The UN General Assembly Chief Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann criticized the US imperialistic policies and said the US government concerned about countries' independence and sovereignty is trying to weaken these fundamental principles in the world through any excuse. In a meeting with Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Monday evening, d'Escoto Brockmann said nowadays international economic and political structures are in need of changes and spirituality is required to have a prestigious position in the current international system. Imperialistic ideology is only seeking more profit and evading responsibility; therefore, all sections of the international community need to work to overhaul the structure of the international system, he continued.

February 28, 2009 -- Sme (Slovakia) -- According to the United States, Slovakia still has various problems in respecting human rights. Hillary Clinton's people mention as one of the problematic issues the anti-Semitic comments of Justice Minister Stefan Harabin (representing the HZDS (Movement for a Democratic Slovakia) in parliament. Nothing has changed about this despite the fact that, a month ago, Harabin wrote a personal letter to the leaders of the United States Helsinki Commission, explaining about the comments that he made about KDH (Christian Democratic Movement) Deputy Daniel Lipsic last September . . . At the September (parliamentary) session, where Harabin's dismissal was being discussed, the minister asked predecessor Lipsic whether hewas ashamed of his ancestors and their religion. "You remind me of the behavior of some Nazis who had Jewish ancestors and yet were able to participate in the murdering of innocent children, women, and old men in concentration camps, only to show their loyalty to fascism," he said. The comments, as well as the (similar) ones made by HZDS leader Vladimir Meciar, caused a wave of indignation in international Jewish organizations. In his letter, the minister defended himself by saying that hehad "utmost respect for the victims of the Holocaust." He also mentioned that his father had covered up for Jewish pharmacist Leo Hertz to protect him from being deported to a concentration camp.

February 21, 2009 -- Daily Nation (Kenya). The dispute between Kenya and Uganda over the ownership of Migingo Island has taken a turn for worse after Uganda sent more security personnel to guard it. Uganda's spokesperson Judith Nabakooba told the Daily Monitor that marine officials and anti-riot police were dispatched on Thursday, 19 February, to guard the island in Lake Victoria. "Kenyan police officers attacked Migingo and threatened to take over [the island]. They came with guns and an assortment of items. We have therefore sent marine officials and anti-riot police there to guard the island," she said.

January 24, 2009 -- Sueddeutsche Zeitung. We repeatedly encounter civil servants whose assistance we would not want to be dependent on as citizens. A particular place for an encounter of this type is the BND investigative committee of the Bundestag. This week a representative of the Federal Prosecutor's Office had an appearance there that caused disapproval,indeed indignation among parliament members from left to right. At issue was the suspicion that in the years 2003 and 2006 alleged terrorists were tortured in an American military prison in Mannheim. It is a serious allegation, one the German justice system cannot ignore. The federal prosecutor Wolf-Dieter Dietrich, representative of the country's highest criminal prosecution authority, tried to explain why nonetheless it was not a case for the public prosecutor. The Federal Prosecutor's Office and the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) became aware of the accusations late in the summer of 2006. The Briton Peter Wright had filed a complaint with the Mannheim police. Wright cited an alleged American soldier named John Pierce, who supposedly told him that for months three Arabic-speaking men were held as alleged terrorists at the US Coleman Barracks. He said the prisoners had been tortured with electric shocks to the genitals by specialists the US soldiers believed were from to the US secret service CIA. They were tied to metal beds for days, where they had to relieve themselves; the men and beds were sprayed with fire hoses as needed. At the same time, the BKA learned that in 2003 a Mannheim citizen said he saw three prisoners in orange overalls in the Coleman Barracks who were treated in a degrading manner.Since 2002, orange overalls as clothing for Arab-looking men have been a symbol of the US prison at Guantanamo and the torture methods practiced there. The Mannheim man, now 72, spoke this week in the investigative committee. He said the prisoners were chained and led about the barracks grounds watched "like extraterrestrials." It was a "degrading spectacle," one "that infuriated me," said the witness, who by no means seemed anti-American or mentally confused. In both cases BKA Senior Commissioner Andrew Mielach initiated investigations; the head of the proceeding was Federal Prosecutor Dietrich. As he now confirmed in the committee, in the fall of 2006, when Guantanamo was being widely talked about and the investigative committee was already at work, he decided that the Mannheim citizen's observation was not enough for a preliminary investigation. "The Frankfurt trash collectors also wear orange overalls," Dietrich stated in the committee impassively. In the case of John Pierce, Dietrich accepted the statement of the Americans that there was no soldier by this name. Dietrich refused further questioning of, for example, US soldiers, as Commissioner Mielach would also have considered correct. He also refused an inspection of the US prison even offered by the Americans. If it had turned out "that there are metal beds for the prisoners," that would not have proven anything, he argued. Dietrich said the witness Wright has no credibility because he has demonstrated against the United States "in a kilt and with bagpipes." That was too much even for SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) Parliament member Michael Hartmann, who otherwise is a defender of the United States and its assistants: "That does not make the man not credible," he observed. Hellmut Koenigshaus (FDP (Free Democratic Party)) and Hans-Christian Stroebele (Greens) could not believe how quickly a German public prosecutor could be satisfied with a suspect's assertion of innocence.

TEHRAN, Jan. 23, 2009 (Mehr News Agency) Iraqi national security advisor Muwafaq al-Rubaie said on Friday that Baghdad believes Iranian diplomats detained by U.S. forces are innocent. U.S. troops broke into the Iranian consulate in Irbil, northern Iraq, in January 2007 and arrested five Iranians accusing them of fomenting violence in Iraq. Two of the detainees were later released. The Iranian detainees have not committed any offence, Rubaie told reporters in a joint news conference with Irans Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili in Tehran. Baghdad will ask U.S. officials to provide evidence for their claims against the Iranian diplomats when it fully takes control of the countrys affairs from American forces, he noted. The Iranian diplomats are being held at a U.S. prison camp in Iraq. The United States Defense Department has stated that they are still being interrogated" and that it has no plans to free them accusing them of undermining security in Iraq.

23 January, 2009 El Pais. Madrid: Rafael Schutz, the Israeli ambassador to Spain, has achieved the feat of uniting all the political parties of Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish enclaves in North Africa) against him, from the Muslim groups to the Popular Party (PP), taking in the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party). In the face of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, they all reacted differently, but Schutz's statement on Tuesday (20 January), in which he compared the fence which surrounds both autonomous cities with the illegal wall that Israel has built in the West Bank, caused them to close ranks. "Spain has a fence in Ceuta and Melilla to protect itself from immigration and Israel put up that wall (in Palestine) to protect its citizens", said Schutz at the Forum on the New Economy (debating society).
His words scandalized those in charge in Ceuta and Melilla, who put aside their quarrels. The Ceuta Democratic Union (UDCE), a mainly Muslim party, proposed an urgent motion in the city's assembly calling for the "reproof" of the ambassador. "It is an attack on the sovereignty of both cities", says Mohamed Ali, leader of UDCE, because Israel "did not build the wall on its territory, rather in the occupied West Bank". After a long negotiation, the Ceuta councillors unanimously approved a text this Thursday (22 January) in which they "reject" Schutz's statements because "there is not the slightest similarity" between the fence and the wall. With all the votes - except that of United Left (IU) - the assembly also accepted a statement in which Ceuta expresses "its solidarity with the innocent victims of the conflict" in Gaza. Mohamed Haddu Mousa, the representative of IU, did not join them because he considered it insufficient. The government of Melilla, which is in the hands of the PP, was more forceful. In the opinion of its spokesman, Daniel Conesa, Schutz "is completely mistaken". The wall "does not comply with the international resolutions on this matter because it is occupying territory that does not belong to the State of Israel", he said on Wednesday (21 January). The International Court of Justice ruled, in July 2004, that the construction of the wall must be halted and what was already built had to be destroyed, but Israel did not observe the sentence. The fences in Ceuta and Melilla, however, are "security measures which Spain has established within its territory to prevent avalanches of illegal immigration", said the spokesman. Conesa was thus in tune with the criticism levelled at the Israeli ambassador by the PSOE of Melilla and the Coalition for Melilla (CPM), a mainly Muslim party attached to United Left. However, the spokesman ruled out the plenary session of the Melilla assembly making a pronouncement about the ambassador's statement, as the Muslims requested and as was done in Ceuta. ntil now, the political parties of both cities had acted in an uncoordinated manner. At the beginning of January, the Muslims of Ceuta (UDCE) took the initiative of calling a demonstration against Israel's attacks against Gaza which was joined by the unions, but not the PSOE nor, of course, the PP. In Melilla too the Muslim party (CPM) played a central role in the protest against the invasion of Gaza but, after some hesitation, it won the support of the socialists, as well as of the Islamic religious associations, while the PP remained on the sidelines.

January 5, 2009 -- Clarin. In the face of the dramatic worsening of the situation in the Middle East today, the Argentine Government condemns Israel's land incursion into the Gaza Strip, in addition to the disproportionate use force by that country.

January 5, 2009 -- La Nacion. Yesterday, Israeli Ambassador to Argentina Daniel Gazit questioned the communique that the Cristina (Fernandez de) Kirchner administration had issued a few hour earlierafter the escalation of the conflict between Israel and HAMAS. "After Israeli troops and tanks penetrated the Gaza Strip amidst harsh confrontations, the president ordered Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana to give the Casa Rosada's position. But the Israeli representative in the country complained: 'In myview, it lacked a condemnation of the HAMAS attacks against the civilianIsraeli population,' the diplomat criticized, while making use of a sort ofright to reply that he asked the Jewish News Agency to publish.

January 5, 2009 -- El Mundo. Madrid: Displays of condemnation of Israel's attacks in Gaza are spreading throughout Spain. Barcelona (northeast), Madrid (centre), Valencia (east) and Seville (south) were yesterday the settings for new protests, more of which will be called throughout the country as long as the Israeli attacks continue. In Barcelona, some 2,000 people according to the Guardia Urbana (municipal police) - more than 4,000 according to the organizers - gathered in Plaza San Jaume (square) yesterday to denounce the "massacre" perpetrated by the Israeli army in Gaza and propose a "boycott" of the state of Israel and its products. At the event, organized by the Palestinian community of Catalonia (region), a manifesto signed by 60 entities was read out, calling for an "international boycott of the genocidal state of Israel, as was once done with South Africa".

28 December 08, IRNA -- The Jewish community of Iran on Sunday condemned Israeli atrocities in the Gaza Strip which have left hundreds of martyrs and wounded.
The Jewish Association of Tehran said in a statement that "the Zionist criminals, in a racist move, once again attacked the oppressed and defenseless people of Gaza and proved that they are by no means committed to any human rules." The Jewish community further denounced the inaction of the international community and the world bodies towards Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Expressing disgust at such savage crimes being committed by Israel in Gaza, the Jewish Community expressed solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation. Israeli F-16 bombers on Saturday attacked Gaza and fired around 30 missiles into the densely populated areas of the city. The attacks killed 225 people and wounded 400 others. The horrific brutality of Israel against civilians have triggered international outrage and shocked world public opinion. Iran has called on International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring the Israeli leaders to justice for committing crimes against humanity in Gaza.

24 Dec. 08 -- United News of India. The Sikkim National People's Party (SNPP) today claimed that its 'Associate State Status'' movement for Sikkim was gaining momentum with international support coming from Sweden, US, Germany and Argentina.

''We have received letters of support from the US, Germany, Sweden, Argentina and one more country regarding our demand for Associate State Status for Sikkim,'' said SNPP president Biraj Adikhari during a press meet here. ''I have been approached by them,'' he said adding that he had also initiated steps to take the issue to the UN. ''However, I have made it clear to the Union Government that we do not seek independence but want what has been promised when it annexed Sikkim in 1975,'' said Mr Adikhari. The SNPP had debuted earlier this year in September with a sole agenda ''Associate State Status'' for Sikkim which had been assured by the Union Government during the 1975 merger of this erstwhile kingdom. ''I have also been assured legal support by an international organisation if I decide to take up the issue with the Hague but I don't want to do this at this stage and convince the Union Government to fulfil its promises to Sikkim,'' said Mr Adikhari. He said he was keeping the Ministry of Home Affairs fully informed about the development. ''During the negotiations with the Centre, I have been asked to initiate a dialogue with the Prime Minister on our demand,'' said Mr Adikhari. He asserted that SNPP will not be internationalising the issue for the moment and was ready to give the Union Government a long rope on the alleged violations of the merger agreement. The party's agenda stemmed from its assertion that the Union government had 'betrayed' the people of Sikkim by making it a full fledged State of India instead of an ''Associate State Status'' as promised while 'annexing' this erstwhile Chogyal kingdom in 1975. Presenting Constitutional records and historical books, Mr Adikhari said the Indian Union enacted the 35th Amendment in the Constitution in 1974 which involved the insertion of Article 2A and the 10th Schedule. This had been preceded by a special referendum where the Sikkimese people had voted to be a part of India abolishing the monarchy.

The 35th Amendment stated that Sikkim would not be a part of the territory of India but an ''Associate State'' and this remained for eight to nine months, said Mr Adikhari. But within a year, the Constitution was amended once again which did away with the provisions of the 35th Amendment and inserted Article 371 F for special protection of Sikkim, he added.

As per the 36th Amendment of 1975, Sikkim became a full fledged 22nd State of Indian Union and both the Article 2A and the 10th Schedule of the 35th Amendment was omitted and the 36th Amendment was given a retrospective effect from April 26, 1975.

This development took place as there was no room for any ''Associate State'' under the Indian Constitution of 1949.

8 Dec 2008. ITAR-TASS, Russia is developing serious relations along the lines of military and technical cooperation with a number of countries at the regional level, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, told an ARMS-TASS correspondent. Russia's main partner in the military-technical cooperation in South East Asia is Vietnam, he said. Russia also has good positions on the markets of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. "The scope of cooperation with these countries may not be large, but this is explained by the needs of this or that country," Dzirkaln said. Singapore is showing quite serious interest towards cooperation with Russia, he added.

In Latin America, Russia is actively expanding cooperation with Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and is actively working with Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, Dzirkaln said.
In Africa, Russia is supplying arms and military hardware in exchange for goods of traditional export. "We believe it to be a mutually beneficial exchange," Dzirkaln said. He said that this sort of cooperation is being established with Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, ties with Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger are being considered, relations with Mali resumed. "We are returning to Africa and the authorities of many countries are welcoming this," Dzirkaln said. He said that Russia has a number of projects on joint work in modernization and maintenance of the hardware that the African countries already have, in particular, with South Africa. "We are considering a possibility of using the well-developed military industry of South Africa for the maintenance and modernization of Russian hardware," Dzirkaln said. "We cannot say that we have serious relations with this country so far," he said and added that Russia should aim at joining effort with South Africa, retreating from perceiving this country as a competitor on the world arms market.

Haveeru Daily (Maldives) -- Dec, 2, 2008 -- The Islamic Affairs Ministry has held discussions with experts to find ways to ban access to a website published in Dhivehi which promoted Christianity, the ministry has said. Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari said on Monday [1 December] that as soon as they had discovered the website they had held discussions with experts on the matter to find ways to block access to the site from Maldives. The website apparently contains content written in both Dhivehi and English and even the name of the website is in Dhivehi. It is unknown when the website had been first been published online.

November 23, 2008 -- Der Spiegel -- The three Germans who were arrested in Kosovo last week are employees of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). The Kosovo anti-terror investigators accuse the officers of having participated in an explosive attackon the EU representation in Pristina. On the other hand, the agents insist that they had only inspected the crime scene. One of the Germans had been observed entering an empty neighboring building from which the explosive had evidently been tossed. From there, the agent had photographed an office damaged by the attack. Subsequently, he and his two companions were arrested on Wednesday and dealt with by the intelligence service. The arrest has led to diplomatic entanglements between the Foreign Ministry in Berlin and the government in Pristina. The reason is the activity of these German agents in Kosovo, who were evidently not officially registered. Usually, states have the resident (agents) of its intelligence service accredited with the government of the host country, so that the officials enjoy diplomatic immunity. In this case, BND President Ernst Uhrlau had waived this procedure; the men were not part of the official accreditation. Last Friday, the investigators in Pristina declared that in their assessment, the Germans were "neither diplomats, nor police officers, soldiers, or experts with an international ID card." Thus the agents are threatened with proceedings due to (their) intelligence service agents' activity. The BND officers had attempted to clear up the circumstances of the attack. At a press conference, Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and head of government Hashim Thaci had condemned the action as the"work of enemies of Kosovo."

November 23, 2008 (Itar-Tass) -- Gazprom hopes that the Caracas visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will result in an agreement to set up a Russian-Venezuelan petroleum consortium. Five largest Russian hydrocarbon companies have 20% each in the national consortium formed to develop oil fields in Venezuela, Rosneft CEO Sergei Bogdanchikov said on November 9. "The consortium was registered on October 8, 2008," he remarked. Apart from Rosneft, the consortium unites Gazprom, LUKOIL, TNK-BP and Surgutneftegaz. The consortium charter and other regulatory documents are being drafted. The entity and Petroleos de Venezuela will later form a consortium, which will produce crude on Venezuelan territory. Petroleos de Venezuela will have the controlling stake in the prospective consortium, and related formalities will be complete by next spring, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said.

Nov. 21, 2008 -- (Itar-Tass) -- One has to be rough in order to stop unrestrained piracy offshore Somalia, President of the Middle East Studies Institute Yevgeny Satanovsky told Itar-Tass on Friday. "There is no other way to do that but destroy the entire infrastructure of the pirates. The war in Congo, the genocide in Rwanda and the drug trafficking in Afghanistan are illustrative examples of the kind," he said. "Police and military ships must not only seize weapons and let pirates go but also sink pirate cutters and execute bandits by war law." "There are several power models in the Middle and Near East: tough authoritarian regimes, less tough monarchies, radical Islamist regimes of the Somali Islamic Courts Union type or numerous field commanders and armed units," the expert said. "In case of Somalia, we are dealing with unrestrained actions of tribe chiefs and field commanders. These actions may eventually develop into a junta."

November 17, 2008 Indo-Asian News Service The screening of veteran filmmaker Satyajit Ray's controversial documentary "Sikkim" at the 14th Kolkata Film Festival has been cancelled because the authorities were not sure whether the ban on the film was lifted or not. "Ray's 'Sikkim' was supposed to be screened Monday, the final day of the film fest. But due to some complications we have decided not to screen the film," Nilanjan Chatterjee, Chief Executive Officer of Nandan, told IANS. "We are still unsure if the ban on the film has been lifted or not. Hence we had referred the case to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Delhi, but have yet not received a 'no-objection' certificate from them. Hence we have decided to suspend the screening of 'Sikkim' at the 11th hour," he said. A ban was put on the film by the Congress-led Indian government as well as the Sikkim royalty in 1971. The American Centre in Kolkata obtained the censor certificate from the Art and Culture Trust of Sikkim for a "one-time preview screening" at the Kolkata Film Festival this year. But, according to sources, the Nandan authorities are not convinced by the legal papers and documents provided to them by the the American Centre and hence asked the Ministry for its approval. However, cinema-lovers at Kolkata are quite disappointed with the decision. "It is a sheer disappointment! 'Sikkim' was supposed to be the main attraction of the filmfest this year... and till Sunday evening the authorities told that there are possibilities of the screening. Now just a few hours before the scheduled showtime, they are saying the film won't be screened!," said Harsha Mitra, a 61-year-old filmbuff. The 60-minute film was commissioned and produced by the then Chogyal (title of Sikkim rulers) in 1971. It was banned in India when Sikkim acceded to India in 1975 as it highlighted monarchy. The copyright of the film was later transferred to the Art and Culture Trust of Sikkim.

Nov. 12, 2008 PRISTINA, (Tanjug) -- The mandate for the further investigation of the suspected illegal transplantations of human organs at the MEDICUS private clinic in Pristina has been transferred to the international prosecutors in Kosovo, Kosovo Police Spokesman Veton Elshani has said in a statement for Tanjug.Police have arrested four suspects involved in this case and they have each been given detention for a period of 30 days. Furthermore, the case has been transferred to the international prosecutors, and the entire case is being investigated by a joint team comprising members of the Kosovo and the international police services, Elshani said. The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) arrested three Albanians and one Turkish citizen who are suspected of involvement in illegal trafficking in human organs in Pristina.

November 12, 2008 -- AFP. STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish court on Wednesday (12 November) sentenced five men to up to three years each behind bars for illegally smuggling people from countries including Iraq and Afghanistan into the Scandinavian country. The five, who were arrested as part of Europe-wide crackdown on human traffickers in June, were found guilty by the Malmoe district court in southern Sweden of the organised smuggling of 49 people into the country during the first half of the year, according to court documents.Two men considered to be the ring leaders -- 32-year-old national Iraqi Lakman Saman Nariman and 34-year-old stateless Palestinian Abdalh Zaied -- were sentenced to three years each.

November 10, 2008. Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran Radio 1 Iraqi security sources have reported the discovery of cameras on the border of Iran-Iraq installed by American and British forces to monitor activities in Iran. Al-Alam TV network has quoted official sources as saying that the cameras were discovered at the command of the fourth military zone of Iraqi border guards in Ghazilah, one of the districts of Al-Amarah city. According to the sources, Iraqi border guards have dismantled the cameras and moved them to another location. This is the second time in the last month that Iraqi forces report discovering installed cameras facing Iran.

November 10, 2008 -- FRANKFURT-AM-MAIN, November 10 (Itar-Tass) - Armenia is cooperating with NATO, but does not want to be a member of the alliance in order to avoid new dividing lines in the region, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated in his interview, granted to the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", which the newspaper published on Monday. "We believe cooperation with NATO is part and parcel of our system of security. However, we do not want to be its member. Dividing lines in the region may prove to be extremely dangerous. This is one of the lessons of the Georgian war," the Armenian president stressed.

Oct. 29, 2008 -- ITAR TASS. The South Russian Parliamentary Association (SRPA) asks the CIS member countries to consider a possibility of the recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The appeal has been adopted at a meeting of the SRPA committee for inter-ethnic and interparliamentary relation here on Wednesday. The authors of the appeal believe that "the recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is an act of historic justice and of Russia's goodwill, aimed at the development and consolidation of peace and good neighbourly relations in the Caucasus." "The existence of two independent republics should be recognized sooner or later by all the countries, whose policy is based on respect for the principles of international law, as well as on the knowledge of historic and cultural traditions. Such policy has always been characteristic of the countries, integrated in the Commonwealth of Independent States," the document said.

Oct 7 08 (Interfax) - A section for Russia's interests will be set up at the Swiss embassy in Georgia, and Russian diplomats will work in it, Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said. "A kind of section for Russia's interests will be set up within the Swiss embassy, and our diplomats will work in it. Formally, however, they will be considered workers of the Swiss embassy's section," Prikhodko said.
There will be "not one or two (of such workers), there will be more of them," he said. Russia welcomes Switzerland's goodwill gesture by agreeing "to help get out of this deadlock, in which Georgia has driven us by deciding to sever diplomatic relations," Prikhodko said. "Switzerland has shown a willingness to share responsibility with us" for resolving problems of relations with Georgia, he said.

Pakistan party sees Indian troops in Afghanistan as part of U.S.-Indian-Israeli plot. Oct. 7, 08 -- Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JD) Pakistan, Ameer Prof Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has alleged that India would send its 150,000 troops to Afghanistan for launching fresh anti-Pakistan operations, as part of the latest US-India deal. Deployment of the Indian troops in Afghanistan was made at American insistence after which the US-India nuclear deal finally went through, he said while speaking to heads of different JD departments on Monday. In return, he said, Washington had agreed to the Indian demand of American military assistance to crush the freedom movement in the occupied Kashmir. He said it was a strong wake up call for those trying to freeze Kashmir issue and promote friendly relations with Delhi, and urged Pakistani rulers not to remain silent at a time when America, Israel, and India had joined their forces to destroy Pakistan's defense. He said Afghanistan would also turn out to be a graveyard for Indian troops.

U.S. neocons interfering with UN business in denying visas. Oct 7 (Interfax-AVN) -- Moscow wants a representative of Abkhazia to attend the UN Security Council meeting which is to decide whether the mandate of the UN observation mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) should be extended. "A Security Council official meeting has been set for October 14 to decide on the extension of the UNOMIG mandate in Georgia. We insist that a representative of Abkhazia attend this meeting," a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Interfax on Tuesday. The UNOMIG's mandate is expiring on October 15. "If the Abkhaz representative is denied a U.S. visa, we would recommend that the meeting be switched to Europe, to Geneva, for instance," the source said . . . Russia had earlier proposed holding an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on October 7-8 with representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia attending. Another source in the Russian Foreign Ministry earlier told Interfax that Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba and South Ossetia's acting Prime Minister Boris Chochiyev had not received U.S. visas to travel to New York to attend a meeting of the UN Security Council. "The visas have not been issued to this day and, by all accounts, the U.S. is in no haste to do so," the source said.

October 2 08 (Itar-Tass) - Georgia had planned from the very outset an offensive war not only against South Ossetia, but against Russia, too, the Thursday issue of the newspaper "Izvestia" writes. The article, titled "President Yushchenko had sold to Georgia weapons, removing them from places of their deployment", adduces convincing proofs of the fact that "the seller was perfectly aware against whom he was arming Saakashvili".

Oct. 2, 2008 -- Kommersant. Moldova doesn't intend to join NATO, Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin announced in the interview with Echo of Moscow radio station. The constitution spells out the status of permanent neutrality that bans from entering any defensive military alliances, the president explained. At the same time, Voronin rejected the allegations whereby Russia agreed to yield Transdniestria for Moldova's promise not to seek NATO's membership.

Oct. 1, 2008 -- AFP -- Kenyan police on Wednesday questioned a maritime official who claimed that arms aboard a Ukrainian ship seized off Somalia were headed to Sudan and not Kenya. Andrew Mwangura, who runs the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, was held at a police station in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa. "We have been looking for him since yesterday, but we have finally have him. He has been too vocal on the media, we want him to share with us what he knows of these pirates," a police official told AFP."We just want to question him on a few issues. It appears he knows more on the ship. We want him to tell us about this southern Sudan controversy about the arms," added another official. Mwangura said 33 Soviet-type T-72 tanks as well as other military supplies aboard the Belize-flagged MV Faina, seized last week of the Somali coastline, had been headed to South Sudan and not Kenya as Nairobi has insisted. Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet's spokesman later repeated the allegations, which have also been rejected by Ukraine and Sudan.

Sept. 28, 2008 UNI -- Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today accused the Opposition of planting IED at Geyzing and levelling allegations of being a foreign national against him. Addressing a meeting here, Mr Chamling alleged that the pressure cooker bomb planted at Geyzing during the 'Janta Mela' was the handiwork of the opposition parties. An IED had been discovered in close vicinity to the ground where the Chief Minister was scheduled to address a gathering at Geyzing, West Sikkim, on September 24. '' The opposition in Sikkim are 'power hungry frustrated elements'. They want to turn paradise like Sikkim into hell. They also want to create panic among the people through such terror tactics like the IED at Geyzing,'' Mr Chamling said . . . Mr Chamling reminded that he was the senior most Chief Minister in the country and such foreign national allegations was an insult to the Sikkimese people and the entire Nepali speaking community in the country.

ITAR-TASS, Sept. 24, 2008 -- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said the process of international recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will gain momentum over time. "Approaches will become clear with time," Gorbachev said on Wednesday. "The situation is not simple," he said, adding Russia had to "recognise" South Ossetia and Abkhazia ad it was to begin the peace-enforcement operation. Note: this Gorbachev statement will drive a wider wedge between George Soros and Gorbachev.

Timpul de Dimineata, Moldova, September 23 -- The resolution of Gagauzia's legislative assembly to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia has once again drawn attention to the conflict between Russia and Georgia. National columnists complain that Gagauzians will try to take advantage of the issue to exert pressure on Chisinau.

"Gagauzia found itself with Nicaragua, the Palestinian Hamas, Lebanon's radical party of Hezbollah, the self-proclaimed Transdnestr and the Republic of Serbian Krajina among those few who supported Russia's decision to recognize the independence. It was to be expected after the autonomy's parliament practically endorsed Russia's actions in Georgia."

Sept. 15, 2008 (Kuensel) --Implementing the labour law, cutting down procedural steps, and speeding up property registration have made Bhutan one of the top business friendly countries in South Asia, according to a report, “ease of doing business...According to the report, Bhutan made it easier to start a business by cutting the number of procedures required. “The country also implemented its first labour law, which prohibits forced labour, discrimination, sexual harassment, and child labour,” stated the report.

9 September: Interfax-Kazakhstan -- Kazakh Defence Minister Daniyal Akhmetov has met Kyrgyz ambassador Dzhanysh Rustenbekov in Astana. At the meeting held on Monday [8 September], the sides discussed military cooperation between the two countries, a message circulated by the Defence Ministry's press service today said.

Sept 8 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian Navy ships will call on a port in Venezuela this year and Russian anti-sub aircraft will be temporary stationed at an airdrome in that country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. "In the framework of a long voyage a group of Russian Navy vessels will call on Venezuela. The heavy nuclear-propelled missile cruiser Pyotr Veliki and the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Chabanenko are those in question," he said at a Moscow briefing. Nesterenko said that a Russian rescue ship and sea tanker will also call on a port in Venezuela. "The temporary deployment of Russian Navy anti-sub aircraft at an airdrome in that country is also planned," he said.

September 7 (Itar-Tass) -- President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed General Staff Chairman - First Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Makarov as his representative in the parliament ratification of the agreement on the establishment of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's collective security system command.

Sep. 7, 2008 -- (Itar-Tass) -- Russia had the right to do what it thought appropriate as regards Georgia after political settlement attempts had failed, former Serbian premier, Democratic Party leader Vojislav Kostunica said in an interview published by the Sunday issue of the Belgrade newspaper Politika.

Sept 5 (Interfax-AVN) - The Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic's Foreign Ministry officially announced on Friday that it lifted a moratorium on contacts between Transdniestrian and Moldovan authorities, imposed on August 12, 2008. Transdniestrian leader Igor Smirnov told journalists of his decision to lift the moratorium after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on September 3.

September 5 (Itar-Tass) - Russian investigators shave already collected more than 5,000 various documents and other evidence showing the barbaric nature of Georgia's actions in the territory of South Ossetia, chairman of the Investigation Committee under the Prosecutor General's Office (SKP) Alexander Bastrykin said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Friday.

Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A member of the international peace-keeping force in southern Lebanon died Wednesday in a landmine explosion, U.N. forces in Lebanon said. KUNA, the Kuwait News Agency, reported the Belgian combat engineer was killed while searching for mines near the border village of Aitaroun, said UNIFIL spokeswoman Yasmina Bouzayane. The mine was left behind by Israeli forces during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon.

September 4 (ONASA) -- Serb Democratic Party (SDS) asked today from BiH Council of Ministers to prevent the continuation of arms export to Georgia, and a BiH need to apologize to Russia for having exported weapon to a country marked on UN chart as a country with potential war conflict.

September 4 (Itar-Tass) -- The Foreign Ministers of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) whose council held a meeting in Moscow on Thursday adopted a statement in connection with the events in South Ossetia. Follows the full text of the document:

"The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are deeply concerned over military actions the Georgian side staged in South Ossetia that caused numerous fatalities among the peaceful population, deaths of Russian peacekeepers, and a dire humanitarian catastrophe. The tragedy in South Ossetia showed all the danger of the build up of military potential in the Caucasus region and of the attempts to resolve conflicts by force.

"The events regarding South Ossetia also showed the danger of the policy of double standards in international relations. The ministers call on all the states to make a balanced and objective assessment of the situation and refrain from actions that might provoke its further aggravation.

"The ministers support the active role of the Russian Federation in promoting peace and cooperation in the Caucasus and declare for ensuring durable security of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the basis of the United Nations Chapter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act, the 1966 international pacts and other fundamental documents of international law.

"In order to prevent fresh attempts at resolving conflicts by force, to ensure peace and stability in the given region, the ministers come out for unswerving observance of the principles of settlement worked out by the President of the Russian Federation and the French President."

The Foreign Ministers of all the seven member countries of the CSTO - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -signed the document.

Sept 3, 2008 (AFP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai put aside their rivalry Wednesday to join African heads of state at the funeral of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa. The bitter rivals mingled with more than a dozen African heads of state and government, as well as envoys from the United States and Britain among 5,000 mourners at the Baptist church in Lusaka.

3 Sep 08 La Prensa, La Paz. LaPrensa reports on violent confrontations between civilians and police officers in Trinidad, capital of the Department of Beni, yesterday. After a town meeting decided to send volunteers to support protests in the Chaco region, some protesters attacked public offices and attempted to enter some police officers' homes.

3 September Belapan: The Standing Commission for International Affairs and CIS Relations is not likely to recommend the National Assembly's House of Representatives [Belarusian parliament's lower house] to consider the issue of recognizing Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence, the chairman of the commission, Valyantsin Simirski, has told Belapan.

September 3 (Itar-Tass) - Turkish presidential envoy Unal Cevikoz has arrived in Yerevan to prepare the first historic visit of the Turkish leader to Armenia. On September 6, Yerevan's central stadium Razdan will host the World Cup 2010 qualifying football match between teams of Armenia and Turkey. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan invited his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul to attend this match.

Sept 3, 2008 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of supporters of the ruling MPLA party were gathering in the Angolan capital Luanda on Wednesday for a final rally ahead of landmark elections in Africa's biggest oil producer. The leftwing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was hoping to attract as many as two million people with the glitzy American style rally, a far cry from its Marxist roots.

2 September 08. Radio New Zealand International. "Polling has closed in Vanuatu's general election. People have had to wait more than two hours in some polling stations in the capital, Port Vila, to vote in Tuesday's general election. Voters went to the polls to choose between 341 candidates, contesting the country's 52 seats in parliament."

Sept 2, 2008 (AFP) - The party of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen was officially declared winner of national polls Tuesday, winning almost three-quarters of seats up for grabs, the country's election committee said. The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) took 90 seats of the 123 up for grabs in the July ballot, while the main opposition Sam Rainsy Party received 26 seats, the National Election Committee announced on state-run television.

Sept 2. 08. Pretoria. Sapa. President Thabo Mbeki officially welcomed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on his first state visit to the country on Tuesday.

September 2 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko believes there has to be some pause before other countries may follow in Russia's footsteps to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Note: Belarus has signaled it will follow Russia and recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Sep. 1. 08 -- Iranian cleric says Wahabism (the Saudi sect of Islam) is violent. Aug. 31 (IRNA): "His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Safi-Golpayegani said that Wahabism is inherently violent and criminal. He said: The Wahabis have no religious authority. They are irrational extremists who resort to violence and mass murder in Muslim countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In a meeting with representatives from the British centre for Shi'a studies on Saturday he said: Shi'as must remain alert to the negative propaganda of the Wahabis and the crimes they commit against humanity."

Sep. 1, 08 Lusaka Times of Zambia - The Government has restricted the number of mourners to attend the Church service and burial of President Mwanawasa.
And the Lusaka City Council (LCC) has said that some roads in the city will on Wednesday be closed to facilitate the funeral procession of Dr Mwanawasa. Mwanawasa, 59, died in Paris last week after suffering a stroke in late June in Egypt.

1 September 08, Interfax: The State Duma Committee on Security has information that Al-Qa'idah, which is interested in escalating conflict in the Caucasus, intends to use the situation surrounding South Ossetia to that end. "Al-Qa'idah is an active participant in the process," Vladimir Vasilyev, the chairman of the committee, told journalists on Monday [1 September].

Sep 1, 08 (Interfax) - The Organization of Residents of South Ossetia Against Genocide has filed more than 300 lawsuits with the International Court based in The Hague, demanding that the Georgian leadership be held to account, Zhanna Zaseva, the organization's head and an adviser to the South Ossetian president, has told Interfax.

September 1, 2008 (Itar-Tass) -- The US costal guard ship Dallas, that called at the Sevastopl sea port on Monday at the invitation of the Ukrainian side, has been met by angry city residents who staged protest acts.

September 1, 2008 (Itar-Tass) - Despite political difficulties it is in the interests of Germany and the West to maintain good economic relations with Russia, the president of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce, Heinrich Weiss, said in an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper on Monday.

September 1, 2008 (Itar-Tass) - Military assistance, which the USA offered Georgia "was encouraging an irresponsible and unpredictable regime of (President) Saakashvili," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, addressing students of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

September 1, 2008 (Itar-Tass) -- France has come out against sanctions suggested against Moscow, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said in an interview to EUROPE 1 radio in the run-up to the EU summit in Brussels.

Sept. 1, 2008 -- CARACAS, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called Russia a strategic ally of his country and confirmed that he would welcome a possible visit by Russian warships. "Russian battleships and their crews will be warmly welcomed in Venezuela," he said in a TV program on Sunday. Chavez dismissed reports, which appeared during his visit to Moscow in July, saying his country was ready to set up a Russian military base in Venezuela.

August 31, 2008 -- MENA Online. Cairo, Aug 3: An official source at the National Democratic Party (NDP) has denied Sunday [31 August] reports published by a newspaper Saturday on the party's receiving of a 50m-dollar grant from the United States to change ministerial decisions. The source termed the reports as absolutely groundless and the party has nothing to do with the issue.

August 31, 2008 -- It should be noted that top John McCain foreign policy adviser and arch-neocon Randy Scheunemann is, in addition to being a lobbyist for the Republic of Georgia, is also a paid lobbyist for Macedonia. The following item points to neocons conducting their own foreign policy in violation of the Logan Act of 1799, which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments: "Skopje, August 31 (MIA) -- Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who is paying a visit to the United States, presented possibilities for investing in Macedonia to representatives of 15 US companies at a working lunch in New York, the Government Information Service said late Saturday [ 30 August] in a press release . . . Gruevski also met American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris. The meeting referred to the priorities of Macedonia's foreign policy, developments in the region and worldwide, as well as the good relations and cooperation of Macedonia with US and Israel. The prime minister informed Harris about the progress in construction of the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Center in Macedonia."

August 31, 2008 -- Russia, Italy, and Libya are talking. MOSCOW. Aug 31 (Interfax) - Moscow will develop relations with most countries quietly and consistently, making its moves clear in the situation surrounding South Ossetia on the basis of facts, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has said. Ivanov said in an interview with Vesti-24 television, while commenting on the West's sharp criticism of the events in South Ossetia, that, "First, if we are talking about the West, the West is not 'the be- all and end-all of this world.' . . . Ivanov is visiting Libya now as leader of a Russian delegation attending celebrations of Libya's national holiday - Revolution Day. . . ."It so happened that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has arrived in Libya, too," Ivanov said. "We discussed a wide spectrum of international issues in a trilateral format. I informed the Libyan and Italian leaders about the actual situation surrounding the conflict in the Caucasus and South Ossetia," he said.

August 31, 2008 -- Attack on Iran -- World War III. TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Deputy chief of Iran's armed forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said here on Saturday that any aggression on Iran would start a world war, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Any aggression against Iran will start a world war," and "the unrestrained greed of the U.S. leadership is leading the world to the edge of a precipice," the report quoted him as saying . . . The IRGC completed military maneuvers in the Gulf called Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3) in mid July to improve combat readiness and capability. Iran successfully test fired new long- and medium-range missiles in the drills. Jafari said early this month that Iran has tested a new advanced naval weapon, which is "unique in the world" and can target the enemy at the range of 300 km.

August 31, 2008 -- Johannesburg Sunday Times -- The 330m nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt has steamed straight into a minefield of SA government bureaucracy. If allowed to visit, it would be the biggest naval vessel to ever have docked in South Africa. But the ship that affected regime change in the Middle East, after launching many airborne attacks on Iraq, is up against an army of pen-pushers who sunk a previous planned visit by an American aircraft carrier -- the USS Harry S Truman -- in 2005 . . . A mountain of paperwork is needed to issue a Nuclear Vessel Licence in terms of the National Nuclear Regulator Act. Any nuclear-powered vessel entering SA waters must get the licence, which involves safety reports, environmental impact reports and a period of public comment. The carrier hopes to dock on October 3.

August 31, 2008 (Itar-Tass) - The Congress of Russian Americans (CRA) expressed concern over the lopsided coverage of the Georgian events by the American mass media. The CRA is seriously concerned over lopsided propaganda in the mass media, says an address by the organisation to the US authorities. The CRA sent an appropriate letter to the White House and the US State Department, CRA director general Georgy Avisov told Itar-Tass at a conference of the organisation in the city of Burlingame, California, devoted to its 35th anniversary.

Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban government has for a second time rejected the U.S. offer of post hurricane aid with strings attached, saying Thursday that the country will overcome the situation. The U.S. authorities, who have had an economic ban on Cuba for 50 years, said Tuesday they were ready to send aid to Cuba -- but only on the condition that it is accompanied by experts to evaluate the damage. In a statement released Thursday, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said the country has plenty of trained experts for evaluation work. "Experts," of course, is a word for spies.

Sept 9 (Interfax-AVN) - Roger Brady, Commander, U.S. Army Europe, told Latvia's Defense Minister Vinets Veldre during the Tuesday meeting that the U.S. supports the idea of a join defense plan for the Baltic States.

Sept 9 (ONASA) -- Republika Srpska [Serb Republic] Prime Minister Milorad Dodik says that successful constitutional reform in Bosnia cannot be imposed from outside. Dodik said that he did not expect U.S. representatives to be included in the reform of the Bosnian Constitution, pointing out that the changes to the country's highest legal document "do not belong to anyone from outside".

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