Tuesday, August 05, 2008


US: Iran reaction to nuclear offer not acceptable - 5 Aug 2008 at 3:03pm - WASHINGTON -- Iran's response to an incentives package aimed at defusing a dispute over its nuclear program is unacceptable, U.S. officials said Tuesday, making the prospects of new sanctions against the country more likely.
"Unacceptable"? Either Iran did or did not take the six countries up on their offer; how can there be anything acceptable or unacceptable about it?

Mistrial avoided in Guantanamo court case - 5 Aug 2008 at 2:45pm - GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A potential mistrial was avoided in the first Guantanamo trial on Tuesday when the U.S. military judge ruled it was too late to challenge his war crimes instructions to the jury deliberating the case of Osama bin Laden's driver.

Iran hands over letter to big powers - 5 Aug 2008 at 1:26pm - TEHRAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran has not answered demands by world powers to halt nuclear activity, an Iranian official said on Tuesday, a stand that could endanger the possibility of full talks and lead to tighter sanctions.

France took part in genocide: Rwandan report - 5 Aug 2008 at 1:50pm - KIGALI (AFP) - France played an active role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a report unveiled Tuesday by the Rwandan government said, naming French political and military officials it says should be prosecuted.

White House denies fake Iraq-al-Qaida link letter - 5 Aug 2008 at 12:16pm - WASHINGTON -- The White House and the CIA on Tuesday adamantly denied a report that the Bush administration concocted a fake letter purporting to show a link between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaida as a justification for the Iraq war.

Secret deal kept British troops out of Basra: report - 5 Aug 2008 at 7:30am - LONDON (Reuters) - British soldiers in Iraq were prevented from coming to the aid of their American and Iraqi allies during battles in Basra because of a deal between British forces and the Mehdi Army militia, The Times reported on Tuesday.

Marines ordered to stay longer in Afghanistan - 5 Aug 2008 at 4:18am - WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront almost a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to a senior military official.

Report: US may have taped Gitmo interviews - 5 Aug 2008 at 12:39am - WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised representatives of foreign governments that their interviews with their citizens being held at Guantanamo Bay would be recorded, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Thought for the day:
The truth is rarely pure and never simple. -Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)


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