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UK Seeks Deals With Iraqi Prisoners, U.S. Reluctant

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InternationalLONDON, June 18 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – The U.S. has spurned repeated calls from its all-time war alley Britain to cut deals with top Iraqi officials, now in the custody of the Anglo-American forces, in swap for information on the whereabouts of ousted president Saddam Hussein and Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD), reported a leading British newspaper Wednesday, June 18.

British officials told American colleagues that offering to free the detained Iraqis, who feature on the U.S.-drafted list of most wanted 55 members of the ousted regime, is the only way to extract information from them about Saddam and his weapons arsenal, reported The Time.

British officials told the daily that although frequently squeezed by the CIA and Britain’s MI6, none of the 31 former Iraq officials had divulged any information during intensive interrogation.
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Campaign To Boycott Israeli Products In Switzerland

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InternationalPARIS, June 18– Some 30 Palestinian and Swiss organizations are championing a campaign to boycott Israeli products, protesting incessant Israeli aggressions on the armless Palestinian people.

In a statement released in the Swiss city of Bern on Tuesday, June 17, a copy of which was obtained by IslamOnline.net, the spearheading organizations called for boycotting all products carrying the paracode no. 729, the international paracode for Israel-made commodities.

\"Boycotting the Israeli products serves as a bargaining chip on political leaders,\" the statement read.

\"It is not an attempt to pressurize the Jewish community in Switzerland or the Israeli people, but rather the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,\" it explained.
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Iraq War Was Based On \'Highly Suggestible\' Info

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InternationalLONDON, June 17 - Appearing as the first witness at the House of Commons foreign affairs committee\'s probe into whether the threat posed by Iraq was exaggerated, former British minister Robin Cook on Tuesday, June 17, accused Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government of \"not presenting the whole picture\" in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Cook told the MPs he had \"no doubt about the good faith of the prime minister,\" but said the \"burning sincerity and conviction of those involved in exercise\" was a \"problem,\" the BBC News Online reported.
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Fresh Diplomatic Flurry For Mideast Peace

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JERUSALEM, June 17 - Prospects for a ceasefire between Palestinians and Israel after a week of lethal violence resurfaced with a flurry of diplomatic endeavors in Egypt and the U.S. on Tuesday, June 17.

U.S. Middle East peace monitor held his first talks with Palestinian leaders Tuesday, hoping to unblock stalled efforts to reach a ceasefire with Israel and launch the U.S.-sponsored roadmap to end their conflict.

John Wolf, who met with Israeli leaders Monday, conferred with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas at the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee office in Gaza City, an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter at the scene said.

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Mideast Churches Oppose Western Proselytizing

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InternationalBEIRUT, June 17 - The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) Secretary General Rev. Riad Jarjour strenuously rejected the latest proselytizing attempts by a number of American institutions that came hard on the heels of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

\"The MECC\'s position on this issue is abundantly clear; we flatly reject it not only for its serious consequences on the relations between Muslims and Christians in the East, but also because it undermines the cornerstones of the Christian faith in the East,\" Jarjour told.
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U.S. Soldier Killed In Iraq

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InternationalBAGHDAD, June 17 – A U.S. soldier was killed by a sniper gunfire in northern Baghdad late Monday, June 17, as a British official warned of further chaos in the invasion-dashed country.

The soldier was shot in the chest and collapsed while on patrol with Armored Division, U.S. military spokesman Major Sean Gibson was quoted by the BBC News Online as saying.

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U.S. Muslims Launch PAC Against Rights’ Violations

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InternationalWASHINGTON, June 17 – Two years into the September 11 attacks, Muslim activists in the Northern Virginia made the effort to get a louder voice in the U.S. politics by setting up a political action committee to elect officials who will end human rights abuses associated with the “war on terrorism”.
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Iraqi Resistance Gains Momentum

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InternationalBAGHDAD, June 16 - The U.S. occupation forces in Iraq launched a new manhunt for what they dubbed Saddam’s loyalists in the restive towns and villages in the north and west of Baghdad, as five U.S. soldiers, two seriously, were injured Sunday, June 15, in a fresh resistance operation that coincided with a statement released by the Iraqi resistance and circulated in Baghdad\'s mosques and streets.
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New Israeli Settlements Pop Up In West Bank

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InternationalJune 16, 2003 - Despite the existence of the \"Road Map,\" a solution supported by the United States, the European Unions (EU), the United Nations (UN) and Russia to end the Middle-East conflict and calling for the elimination of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory, five new Jewish settlements were established in the West Bank. Also, the destruction of three advanced police checkpoints, scheduled to be destroyed as part of the Road Map, has been postponed by Israeli officials.
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Sharon Pledges No Policy Change, Peace Bids Continue

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InternationalJERUSALEM, June 15- In a move that is likely to complicate peace missions by a U.S. envoy, an Egyptian political and security delegation and tasks promised by Palestinian Premier Mahmud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insisted Sunday, June 15, that the Jewish state will continue its controversial policy of assassinations.

Sharon said that Israel will continue to take ‘pre-emptive actions’ to curb Palestinian bombings, as a senior U.S. envoy began the task of implementing an international \"roadmap\" for peace.

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