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IRAQ: MOSQUE BOMBING DAMAGES ALREADY-FRAGILE LEADERSHIP TALKS

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By Mohammed A. Salih

ARBIL, Feb. 23, 2006 (IPS/GIN) - The bombing of the Al-Askari Shia shrine and the wave of killings and attacks o­n Sunni mosques that followed have further endangered the fragile moves toward forming a government.

HAITI: THE ONCE AND FUTURE PRESIDENT BREAKS HIS SILENCE

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By Amy Bracken

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb. 22, 2006 (IPS/GIN) - Almost a week after he was declared president, Rene Garcia Preval broke his silence Wednesday, telling the press about his presidential mission.

U.N.: RICH OR NOT, U.S. CAN’T RULE THE WORLD, GROUP OF 77 SAYS

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By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 22, 2006 (IPS/GIN) - The 132-member Group of 77, which represents more than two-thirds of the membership of the United Nations, rebuffed a U.S. claim that it has a right to virtually dictate the agenda o­n U.N. peacekeeping because it pays 27 percent of the budget.

BRAZIL: WORLD’S TOP TOBACCO-EXPORTING NATION SLAMS SMOKING

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By Mario Osava for Tierramerica

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 22, 2006 (IPS/GIN) - Brazil, the world's leading tobacco exporter, cut smoking among its population by 13 percentage points over four years, thanks in large part to some grim advertising images depicting the effects of tobacco use o­n health.

ZAMBIA’S MWANAWASA AGREES TO NEW CONSTITUTION

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LUSAKA, Feb. 1 (IRIN) - Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa has bowed to pressure and agreed that a constituent assembly would adopt a new constitution, as demanded by civil society and the opposition.

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