News and Analysis (11/24/08)

Two shot dead with about 20 wounded as Indian forces opened fire against the “stone-throwing” demonstrators boycotting the elections:

The expiration of the UN security agreement leaves Iraq’s oil wealth and other assets at risk for seizure to satisfy billions of dollars in legal claims against Saddam Hussein’s regime:

A victim reports “how gunmen apparently working for Iraq’s Interior Ministry kidnapped her, beat and raped her; of how they discarded her on a Baghdad sidewalk”:

Pioneers of Saudi Arabia’s first all-girl rock band illustrate the changes in Jidda, the kingdom’s most cosmopolitan city:

“In some ways, we are seeing a return to traditional Iraqi political culture, where authority is centralized in the person of the leader in Baghdad,” said an anonymous US official:

At a conference intended to curb violence in Iraq, US receives little support in the criticism of Syria:

“Finding troops will not be easy unless there is a significant drawdown in Iraq”:

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