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North Koreans Arm Ethiopians as U.S. Assents - New York Times

North Koreans Arm Ethiopians as U.S. Assents - New York Times: "WASHINGTON, April 7 — Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea because of the country’s nuclear test, Bush administration officials allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the North, in what appears to be a violation of the restrictions, according to senior American officials. "

Karzai Says He's Met With Taliban to Pursue Peace; Insurgents Deny It - washingtonpost.com

Karzai Says He's Met With Taliban to Pursue Peace; Insurgents Deny It - washingtonpost.com: "Zabiullah Mujaheed, a purported spokesman for the militants, said Taliban leaders 'do not want to talk to a puppet government.'
'Karzai's government has no power and all their policies are designed by America,' Mujaheed said by telephone from an undisclosed location. 'If the U.S. wants to negotiate with the Taliban, they should first leave our country.'"

Al Jazeera English - News

Al Jazeera English - News
On Friday an EU conflict expert warned that Ethiopian and Somali forces may have committed war crimes during heavy artillery shelling in the capital, and that foreign donors could be complicit.
"I need to advise you that there are strong grounds to believe that the Ethiopian government and the transitional federal government of Somalia and the African Union [peacekeeping] Force Commander, possibly also including the African Union Head of Mission and other African Union officials have through commission or omission violated the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court," he said.

The warning was made in an email to Eric van der Linden, the chief EU official for Kenya and Somalia.

A Somali human-rights organisation has said that more than 1,000 civilians were killed or injured during the clashes with local militias.
"The European Commission is now very concerned about any allegations of war crimes and they are going to look into those alleagti…