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Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Deaths in Karachi ethnic violence

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Deaths in Karachi ethnic violence: "At least 26 people have been killed in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, after four days of ethnic killings, police officials say.

The officials said that nine people from the total death toll were killed on Monday in the city's Orangi western neighbourhood, which has a majority ethnic Pashtun community.

The clashes appeared to be between activists from rival political parties, which traditionally gather support from different ethnic groups."

Al Jazeera English - Americas - Rendition victim moves to sue US

Al Jazeera English - Americas - Rendition victim moves to sue US: "A Canadian man who was deported by US officials to Syria, where he was imprisoned and allegedly tortured, has appealed a court ruling preventing him from suing the US.

Maher Arar filed a lawsuit before the US supreme court on Monday, appealing a lower court ruling that rejected his case because it involved national security information."

Al Jazeera English - Americas - US group 'wrong' to take Haiti kids

Al Jazeera English - Americas - US group 'wrong' to take Haiti kids: "Haiti's prime minister has said it is clear to him that a US church group which tried to take a busload of undocumented Haitian children out of the country knew 'what they were doing was wrong'.

'It is clear now that they were trying to cross the border without papers. It is clear now that some of the children have live parents,' Max Bellerive said on Monday."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Nine to die' over Iran protests

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - 'Nine to die' over Iran protests: "Iran will 'soon execute' another nine people arrested over anti-government protests last year, a senior judiciary official has been quoted as saying.

The nine are among 11 protesters sentenced to death for 'waging war against God' and seeking to topple the government.

'Nine others will be hanged soon. The nine and the two who were hanged on Thursday were surely arrested in the recent riots and had links to anti-revolutionary groups,' the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Ebrahim Raisi as saying on Tuesday."

Al Jazeera English - Europe - UK cabinet 'misled' over Iraq war

Al Jazeera English - Europe - UK cabinet 'misled' over Iraq war: "A former UK minister has told a public inquiry into the war in Iraq that the British cabinet was 'misled' over the legality of the invasion in 2003.

Clare Short, who is an outspoken critic of the war, on Tuesday said Peter Goldsmith, the attorney general at the time, did not tell the cabinet of his doubts about whether it would be against international law to invade Iraq."

US drones killed 123 civilians, three al-Qaeda men in January

US drones killed 123 civilians, three al-Qaeda men in January: "LAHORE: Afghanistan-based US predators carried out a record number of 12 deadly missile strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan in January 2010, of which 10 went wrong and failed to hit their targets, killing 123 innocent Pakistanis. The remaining two successful drone strikes killed three al-Qaeda leaders, wanted by the Americans.

The rapid increase in the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan can be gauged from the fact that only two such strikes were carried out in January 2009, which killed 36 people. The highest number of drone attacks carried out in a single month in 2009 was six, which were conducted in December last year. But the dawn of the New Year has already seen a dozen such attacks.

The unprecedented rise in the predator strikes with the beginning of the year 2010 is being attributed to December 30, 2009 suicide bombing in the Khost area of Afghanistan bordering North Waziris…