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ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Bethlehem University offers a “friendship” programme for Christians and Muslims
Fr Iyad twal heads the Religious Studies Department. The interreligious dialogue programme creates a space where students and teachers can create bonds of friendship, showing how religion can be "a tool of peace." Fr Twal hopes to expand the programme to all the universities in the Holy Land, involving Christians, Muslims, and Jews to highlight the “human side” of religion.
Kirkuk: ex PM Allawi leading over Kurdish parties
With 92 per cent of ballots counted, secular Al-Iraqiyah coalition heading for victory over the Kurdistania alliance. The province is strategically important because of its huge oil reserves. Former prime minister, who is ahead of outgoing PM al-Maliki, might also score a victory at the national level as well.
Allawi calls for new election under UN, EU and Arab League supervision
The leader of the secular Iraqiya coalition also wants a caretaker government to break the post-election stalemate. The vote recount sought by al Maliki has not yet begun. The unconstitutional Justice and Accountability Commission has banned 52 elected candidates with links to Saddam Hussein; its chairman is tied to Tehran.
Naming cabinet not an easy task for Jaafari
Moderate Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and secular Iraqis disappointed and worried about the United Iraqi Alliance's decision to give outgoing Prime Minister the task of naming new cabinet.
Nineveh governor wants international probe into attacks against Mosul Christians and minorities
The governor blames Kurdish militias and parties, calls for UN-EU investigation. Kurdish sources tell AsiaNews that al-Qaeda and inefficient law enforcement are to blame.
Constitutional talks to begin homestretch
The August 15 deadline is approaching fast before the final draft is ready. Kurdish autonomy and state-religion relations still need ironing out.
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