News briefing - 15/10/09

Britain has forcibly sent 39 Iraqi asylum seekers back to Baghdad, a refugee group has said

Teams of gunmen attacked three security sites today in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore while a suicide bomber hit a northwestern town, killing a total of 31 people

Agency says rape, killing and child abduction rife and 40,000 people displaced as Lords Resistance Army fights military

The Arctic could be largely ice-free and open to shipping [sic] during the summer in as little as ten years' time, a top polar specialist has said

Rohingya refugees denied freedom of movement in Bangladesh

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an investigation into the Guinean military's brutal suppression of an anti-government protest

While Iraqi Kurdistan elects its own parliament and forges oil contracts independent of Baghdad, other ethnic Kurdish insurgents from Iran, Syria and Turkey are flooding into remote redoubts in the fearsome Qandil Mountains to battle nation-states that have presecuted them for decades

The political dynamics of conflict in Africa's most complex region must be understood if enduring solutions are to be found

In 2001, the London Observer published a series of reports claiming "an Iraqi connection" to al-Qaeda, even describing the base in Iraq where the training of terrorists took place and a facility where anthrax was being made as a weapon of mass destruction. It was all false

The US is preparing to escalate and retool in Afghanistan. But Pakistan shows why it can't win


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