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  • Israeli 'Diplomat' Expelled by Britain Believed to be Mossad Officer

    An Israeli diplomat whose expulsion from Britain was announced Tuesday by the British government is understood to be a member of Israel's legendary intelligence agency, Mossad. The diplomat's expulsion was announced in Parliament today by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in what has been the strongest reaction to date by any Western government to allegations by authorities in Dubai that Mossad was likely behind the Jan. 20 murder of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh in a luxury hotel in the Persian Gulf financial center. In his parliamentary statement, Miliband did not blame Israel or Mossad directly for Mabhouh's murder. But he fingered Israel as the only country that a British investigation has been able to link to 12 forged U.K. passports which investigators in Dubai say were used by members of an alleged hit squad which they believe to have first drugged Mabhouh and then smothered him in his hotel room. He also said that the forged passports were so sophisticated...
  • Mullah Omar Names Major Taliban Appointments to Replace a Captured Leader

    Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who remains in hiding and has not been seen publicly for nine years, has appointed two of his top Taliban militia commanders from the south to replace his former deputy and longtime comrade-in-arms Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who was arrested by Pakistani forces in Karachi last month.
  • Swiss Government Asked United Nations to Drop Muslim Brotherhood Figure from Terror Sanctions List

    The government of Switzerland has confirmed that it requested that the United Nations Security Council remove Muslim Brotherhood financier and diplomatic representative Youssef Nada from its list of alleged terrorist supporters subjected to international financial sanctions. In an e-mail to Declassified, Johann Aeschlimann, a spokesman for the Swiss Mission to the United Nations, said that Switzerland had “intervened officially” with the relevant Security Council committee. Aeschlimann said that Switzerland’s foreign minister had publicly confirmed the government’s move on Nada’s behalf to Switzerland’s Parliament last September, stating that following a decision of Switzerland’s Supreme Court, the Swiss government had “decided to support a request for delisting By Mr. Nada.”  ...
  • Will Bush Administration Figures Cooperate With British Iraq War Inquiry?

    British government sources tell Declassified that investigators for Britain's official Iraq War inquiry panel—which has been conducting a lengthy probe into the origins and conduct of the war—want to make a fact-finding trip to the United States. One sensitive item on the agenda: trying to get interviews with former Bush administration officials....
  • Rousing China To Military Dominance

    As China prepares to become the world's second-largest economy in 2010, its leaders are struggling to express a convincing and satisfying ideology that assuages international fears about the country's global intentions. Having taken note of how Soviet overextension and belligerence led to the U.S.S.R.'s downfall—and how the perceived arrogance of American hegemony has alienated many of Washington's key allies—Beijing has been peddling a theory called "Peaceful Rise." It goes like this: China's rise won't shake the rest of the world, unlike the ascent of the great empires that preceded it. China will "only focus on its core interests" (Taiwan and Tibet, for example), say party spokesmen; China "wouldn't invade anyone in 10,000 years."...
  • Afghan Cops: A $6 Billion Fiasco

    Six billion dollars later, the Afghan National Police can't begin to do their jobs right—never mind relieve American forces.
  • How to Reform Russia's Klepto-Economy

    Igor Shuvalov is first deputy to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, charged with reforming Russia's economy. He also runs Russia's $200 billion sovereign wealth fund. Considered one of the key liberal voices in Russia today, Shuvalov has the task of helping wean the country off its dependence on natural resources. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Owen Matthews in Moscow. Excerpts: ...

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