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Monday, September 25, 2006

Struggling Observations

As Muslims begin their spiritual observation of Ramadan, news headlines reveal a gear shift in world politics with last week setting the tone for the week ahead.

Iraq is still grabbing headlines. The Iraqi PM called for Ramadan unity, amid US reports that the war in the country now helps to fuel terror and that it has been engulfed by a rising tide of violence.

Meanwhile in Europe, the separatist movement Eta has announced that, despite a recent ceasefire, it is 'committed to armed struggle' against Spain, while in Germany tragedy struck with a deadly monorail accident.

Tragic news from the Vatican also, as Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to a slain Italian nun in Somalia who is reported to have forgiven her attackers as she lay dying.

Some suspect the shooting was connected to recent remarks by the Pope which caused anger across the Islamic world. The Pope is due to meet envoys from Muslim nations in an attempt to defuse a crisis in relations between the Catholic Church and Islam.

And finally, a new breed of hypoallergenic cat has arrived in the US, girlfriends of Colombian gang members have called off a sex strike, BBC's Andrew Harding visits Beijing's penis emporium and hands up who wants to live to be 100?

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