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NATO Changes Story: House Full of Afghan Civilians Deliberately Hit -- News from Antiwar.com

NATO Changes Story: House Full of Afghan Civilians Deliberately Hit -- News from Antiwar.com: "Usually when militaries change their official story about killing civilians it is designed to explain away innocent deaths as an accident. Today, however, NATO took the exact opposite approach with Sunday’s Marjah killings, revising their story to insist the killings were not an equipment error, but were part of a deliberate US targeting of a house full of civilians."

The Seminal » UN Refuses to Participate in “Militarization of Humanitarian Aid” in Marjeh Reconstruction

The Seminal » UN Refuses to Participate in “Militarization of Humanitarian Aid” in Marjeh Reconstruction: "The New York Times just reported that the UN will not participate in the reconstruction of Marjeh because of what it sees as the 'militarization of humanitarian aid' that is a central feature of General Stanley McChrystal’s 'government in a box' plan for the area:

Senior United Nations officials in Afghanistan on Wednesday criticized NATO forces for what one referred to as “the militarization of humanitarian aid,” and said United Nations agencies would not participate in the military’s reconstruction strategy in Marja as part of its current offensive there.

“We are not part of that process, we do not want to be part of it,” said Robert Watkins, the deputy special representative of the secretary general, at a news conference attended by other officials to announce the United Nations’ Humanitarian Action Plan for 2010. “We will not be part of that military …

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israeli settlements still expanding

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israeli settlements still expanding: "News Middle East
Israeli settlements still expanding

Israel is continuing to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land, despite a 10-month suspension of new construction announced by the government.

Peace Now, an Israeli non-governmental organisation, says work is taking place at more than 30 settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Nour Odeh reports from Beit Sahour."

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israeli FM vague over Dubai murder

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israeli FM vague over Dubai murder: "Israel's foreign minister has said there is 'no reason' to believe that his country's spy agency was behind the killing of a senior Hamas figure in the United Arab Emirates, but did not explicitly deny involvement.

Hamas has blamed Israel for the murder in a Dubai hotel room last month and the emirate's police force has refused to rule out the possibility that the 11 suspects wanted by investigators were working for Mossad.

Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, told Army Radio on Wednesday: 'There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad, and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief.

However, he also said that Israel has a 'policy of ambiguity' on intelligence matters.

Dubai police have said that at least seven of the 11 members of the gang suspected of carrying out the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh share names with foreign-born Isra…