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Kosovo ready to proclaim independence

ROME, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Kosovo is ready to declare unilateral independence, but will coordinate its moves with the U.S. and the EU, the leader of the province's Democratic Party said on Friday.

Former rebel leader Hashim Thaci, who has vowed to declare independence in Kosovo, won parliamentary elections in the predominantly Albanian province on November 17, which was boycotted by the ethnic Serb population (around 6%).

Qatari Prince wins UN award for anti-drug efforts

By news desk

New York: Qatar’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, today received an award from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for his efforts to encourage young people to turn away from narcotics and achieve their full potential through sport.

Announcing the Certificate of Honour at UN Headquarters in New York, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa commended the Crown Prince for setting up the Doha-based Global Sport Fund.

Mideast quartet likely to meet Dec. 17 in Paris - Russian FM

MOSCOW, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - The next meeting of the Middle East quartet of mediators could go ahead December 17 in Paris on the sidelines of a high-level donor meeting, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.

The French capital will host a meeting of donor countries on December 17 to discuss international support for economic and social projects in the Palestinian territory.

"We hope to supplement the upcoming Paris forum with meetings of the Middle East quartet and the contact group of the Arab League," Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia, Egypt to sign nuclear energy agreement soon - Lavrov

MOSCOW, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will sign an agreement with Egypt in the future to develop its nuclear power sector, the Russian foreign minister said Friday.

"As for cooperation with Egypt in developing its civilian nuclear power industry, we confirm that we are interested. The drafting of relevant documents is being completed, and I hope they will be signed soon," Sergei Lavrov told journalists after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.

Minorities bearing brunt of Sri Lanka violence: rights group

By P.K. Balachandran, IANS

Colombo : There appears to be no let up in the violence in Sri Lanka and the victims continue to be primarily drawn from the minority Tamil and Muslim communities, says the London-based Minority Rights Group (MRG).

The briefing paper given to the media Friday said the human rights situation in Sri Lanka had reached a "crisis point" in 2007, with 662 people being killed and 540 persons having disappeared between January and August 2007.

Iran asks Security Council to stop targeting its nuclear plan


New York : The Iranian government has asked the UN Security Council to drop the "unlawful" targeting of its nuclear programmes, citing recent US intelligence that confirmed Iran had shut down its nuclear weapons activities in 2003.

Tehran said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday that the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should have authority over Iran's nuclear programmes and "perform its functions free from any pressure".

67 percent Pakistanis want Musharraf out: survey


Islamabad : An overwhelming 67 percent of Pakistanis want President Pervez Musharraf to step down, a new survey says.

According to the Washington-based International Republican Institute (IRI), 70 percent said the Musharraf-backed erstwhile ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) did not deserve to be re-elected, while two-thirds "expressed anger at the current state of affairs, desired change and were anti-Musharraf".

Pakistan's armed forces 'over-engaged': Bhutto

Islamabad(Xinhua) : Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto said Thursday that the armed forces have been "over-engaged" in parts of the country.

The military is currently engaged in operations against the militants and insurgents in the tribal regions, the Swat valley in northwest and southwestern Balochistan, Bhutto said at a news conference at her residence in Karachi.

"The armed forces are over-engaged. The armed forces have been made controversial," said Bhutto, also chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Nine killed in two suicide attacks in Pakistan

Islamabad(Xinhua) : Three soldiers and four civilians were killed Thursday in two suicide bomb attacks on a security check post in southwestern Pakistan, the army said.

Two bombers were also killed in the attacks in the military area in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern province of Balochistan, military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said.

He said a bomber blew himself up at the checkpost of a military area at Quetta's Kuch Mur neighborhood at 5.15 p.m. (local time).

In the shadow of Zion

By Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

This past year I have had to face the underbelly of my love of Zion. Like so many American Jews, I had been raised with the unquestioned narrative about Israel's righteousness, its humane practices, and the moral high ground upon which its policies are based. The painful deconstruction of these beliefs began with a journey through the Occupied Territories, where I encountered the shocking effects of my people's fear.