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Electronic Lebanon: Palestinians return to desolate, dangerous camp

Electronic Lebanon: Palestinians return to desolate, dangerous camp: "NAHR AL-BARED, 12 October (IRIN) - The first Palestinian families displaced by 15 weeks of intense fighting between the army and Islamist militants that left much of north Lebanon's Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in ruins have begun returning home to start rebuilding their lives."

Opium in Afghanistan: Eradicate or subsidize? - International Herald Tribune

Opium in Afghanistan: Eradicate or subsidize? - International Herald Tribune: "As opium harvests in Afghanistan have steadily increased, some politicians and think tanks - mostly in Britain - have raised a trenchant question: Rather than trying to eradicate Afghanistan's poppies, why not buy them and make morphine? Given that the World Health Organization estimates that more than 6.2 million of the world's poor are dying of cancer, AIDS, burns and wounds without adequate pain relief, the argument goes, wouldn't it make sense?"

Israel refuses entry to 6 Gazans in urgent need of medical care - Haaretz - Israel News

Israel refuses entry to 6 Gazans in urgent need of medical care - Haaretz - Israel News: "The defense establishment is preventing the entry into Israel of six Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in urgent need of medical attention, Army Radio reported on Sunday. The six, all sick with cancer or heart conditions, twice requested permission to enter, and were denied both times due to security considerations, according to the report. "

Iraqi warlord's defeat only hardens his resolve

Iraqi warlord's defeat only hardens his resolve: " IRBIL, Iraq — The Muslim warlord reclines in suburban opulence. He smiles mischievously despite his recent troubles. Over the last five years, his once heavily armed Kurdish militia has been disbanded, his mountainside base crushed by U.S. cruise missiles, his movement thrown into chaos. He was locked up at Baghdad's notorious Camp Cropper with his former blood enemies, including former President Saddam Hussein. But Sheik Ali Bapir, the charismatic 46-year-old leader of a Kurdish organization called the Islamic Group, believes he has come through his travails as a winner."

Gulfnews: Baquba residents tense amid rise in armed factions

Gulfnews: Baquba residents tense amid rise in armed factions: "Abdul Salam Al Naseri, an Iraqi journalist, told Gulf News: 'The American forces chose adventurous policies that carry lots of risk for Iraqis. The situation in Baquba is complicated and I believe Americans might plan to instigate a war between Shiite and Sunni gunmen to weaken the two, besides Americans created this atmosphere that lead Sunni gunmen to fight Al Qaida and Shiite gunmen to attack Iranian influence in the region.'"