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Syria. Arab League mission leader, Mohammed Dabi, does not see "anything frightening"
Arab League monitors Thursday are expected to visit the Syrian cities of Daraa, Hama and Idlib, where anti-government protests have been violently repressed, as questions mount about the observers' credibility. (Full Story)
Palestine. Continued injustice against women within the Palestinian territories
by Nida’ Tuma

Ramallah, West Bank - A Facebook page with nearly 2000 members has recently attracted the attention of the Palestinian public and media. “Puzzled young women” is becoming an important arena in the debate on women’s rights in the Palestinian territories, a debate which previously lacked one essential element: dialogue with proponents of a more traditional role for women. (Full Story)

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel dies at 75
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 75. (Full Story)
Former French President Jacques Chirac convicted of corruption
A judge found Chirac guilty of embezzling public funds Thursday but suspended his two-year sentence in the landmark case. (Full Story)
Pakistan. Religious intolerance, sectarian violence and radical Islamic parties threaten democratic reforms
Islamabad/Brussels - Religious intolerance, sectarian violence and radical Islamic parties threaten to undermine the democratic reforms on which Pakistan’s stability depends. (Full Story)
Egypt: The Revolution Returns
Cairo/Brussels - The brutal crackdown on demonstrators that has once again shaken Tahrir Square and unleashed protests across Egypt is tragic, yet it also offers a rare chance to get the transition process back on track precisely at the time when there was every indication it was set to derail. (Full Story)
Iran's Nuclear Program Not Peaceful - IAEA
by Jerome Socolovsky

The U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran has obtained enough sensitive material and expertise that it could build a nuclear weapon relatively quickly if it wanted to. The new evidence reinforces Western suspicions that Tehran's nuclear ambitions are not peaceful as it has long claimed. (Full Story)

Global landmines meeting: Africa's engagement praised
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Africa’s leadership in the fight against anti-personnel mines will be front and centre and next week’s Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties (11MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Several African states have committed to participate at a high level at what amounts to the world’s largest gathering of anti-landmines diplomats and experts. (Full Story)
Egyptian activists call for massive protests
Egyptian activists called for massive protests Tuesday to demand the country's military rulers cede power to a civilian authority as uncertainty grew over parliamentary elections due to begin next week. (Full Story)
Myanmar: Major Reform Underway
Jakarta/Brussels - Six months after the transition to a new, semi-civilian government, major changes are taking place in Myanmar, but many steps still need to be taken to overcome decades of conflict. (Full Story)
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