News and Analysis (8/20/09)

Ahmadinejad’s proposed cabinet filled with “loyalists and little-known figures” faces a hard sell in the parliament:

An assassination scheme approved in 2004 was only brought to the attention of Congress this June:

Amid intimidation of voters in the south, Obama observers express confidence about transparency of voting, but not about the vote counting:

With 631 casualties, the blasts challenge Maliki’s ability to maintain security:

Denied her request for a public punishment that she hoped would convince other Muslims  not to drink,

Taliban deputy’s claim to power “may fuel rifts” the leadership:

After the Taliban “bombed or set fire to 230 of Swat’s 1,600 public and private school buildings” (sparing the religious schools), students return to study in unventilated tents:

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