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U.S. in 'Wait and See' Position After Iraq Election, Mattis Says

The victory of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadrs party in Iraqs recent election has put the United States in a wait-and-see position, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters yesterday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

SOP newswireUnited States Welcomes Progress in Northern Ireland - Washington -- The United States welcomes recent progress by the British and Irish governments and local political factions on sharing power in Northern Ireland.
SOP newswireFiji: Threat of Military Coup - The United States remains deeply concerned about the continued threat from the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to unseat Fiji's democratically elected
SOP newswireDarfur: Annan stresses that continued peacekeeping presence is essential - The world cannot afford to compromise on ensuring there is a continued peacekeeping presence in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur that is as effective as possible, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told an African Union (AU) summit
SOP newswireBilateral Talks Aim To Boost Pakistan’s Educational Reforms - Washington – For the first time since U.S. President George W. Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf agreed to focus on educational cooperation earlier this year, key officials from both countries met for
SOP newswireTorture, widely practiced by police in Paraguay, must be criminalized: UN rights expert - Torture is still widely practiced in police custody in Paraguay, an independent United Nations rights expert has warned, calling for criminalizing the practice, instituting measures to prevent it, and prosecuting all perpetrators.
SOP newswireU.N. Report Cites Burma, Sudan for Using Child Soldiers - United Nations -- Burma and Sudan have been singled out by the United Nations for continuing to use child soldiers despite repeated international demands to stop. The two governments were featured in a report by Secretary
SOP newswireNATO Members Reach Consensus on Current Operations, Future Goals - Riga, Latvia -- NATO’s 26 heads of state strengthened their commitment to Afghanistan and expressed their hope to invite three Balkans nations to join the military alliance in 2008. They also extended immediate invitations to three other
SOP newswireDR Congo: Annan calls on loser in presidential poll to peacefully accept the results - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the losing candidates in the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their supporters
SOP newswireUnited States Welcomes Israeli Leader's Peace Overture - Washington -- The Bush administration says Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert"s offer to revive peace efforts with the Palestinians
SOP newswireCulture of neglect, denial about violence against women is massive - UNHCR offices around the world are participating in the 16 Days with activities and awareness-raising programmes. In Liberia, where violence against women is a major problem, UNHCR is joining in nationwide campaigns and workshops to inform women about their rights.
SOP newswireU.S. Welcomes U.N. Call for Improved Human Rights in Four Nations - Washington -- The State Department welcomes passage by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee of draft resolutions calling on the governments of Burma, Belarus, Iran and North Korea to end human rights violations.
SOP newswireCounting down to NATO’s Riga Summit - NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan, the Alliance’s priority mission, as well as its missions and operations in Darfur, Iraq, Kosovo and the Mediterranean will be discussed.
SOP newswireU.S. agriculture secretary urges wider opening of India's farm markets - Washington " India must play a leading role in reviving World Trade Organization (WTO) talks by offering more market access agricultural exports of the United States and other countries, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says.
SOP newswireDecrying violence in Iraq, UN envoy urges national dialogue, international support - Continuing his denunciation of terrorist attacks in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called them 'a cancer in its body politic,' urged the country's people and leaders to hold a genuine national dialogue, and stressed that the international community must help at this critical time.
SOP newswireAnnan condemns attempts to seize power, As rebels advance to Chadian capital - With rebels advancing toward the capital of Chad from the country’s east, which borders the volatile Darfur region of Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned any attempt to seize power by force.
SOP newswireUN joins in 16-day campaign to fight violence against women - From bride burning and sexual violence as a weapon of war to genital mutilation, date rape and child marriage, gender-based violence will be the focus of a United Nations-backed 16-day-long campaign being launched tomorrow.
SOP newswireUN envoy for most vulnerable nations stresses importance of communications - The international media’s coverage of poorer nations remains one-dimensional and the world’s marginalized need much greater access to the tools of communications, the United Nations envoy for the
SOP newswireUN says it will support Congolese troops enforcing Kinshasa ultimatum if needed - United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will support the Congolese army if needed in enforcing a 48-hour
SOP newswireFinancial boycott sends Palestinian poverty numbers soaring, finds UN report - More than 1 million Palestinians, or one in four inhabitants of the occupied territories, are now mired in deep poverty as living standards deteriorate dramatically following the economic boycott of the Palestinian Authority
SOP newswireAnnan hails progress made by International Criminal Court - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has established itself at the heart of “a truly international system of criminal justice” within just a few years of coming into existence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
SOP newswireChadians displaced by Darfur border killings are too afraid to return home: UN agency - At least 15,000 Chadians who fled their homes over the past three weeks because of deadly violence close to the border with Darfur are still too afraid to return to their villages because armed
SOP newswireColombia: UN refugee agency welcomes draft law aimed at helping displaced people - The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the introduction of a draft law to aid displaced people in Colombia, the country which has the largest population of agency concern with 3 million
SOP newswireCote d Ivoire: UN ecology chief calls for international funds to clean up toxic dumping - The United Nations environmental agency today called for urgent international funding to help Cote d Ivoire clean-up and rehabilitate sites contaminated by deadly toxic waste from abroad that was criminally
SOP newswirePeople smugglers have shipped more than 22,000 Africans to Yemen this year, UN says - More than 22,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Gulf of Aden in rickety smugglers’ boats from Somalia to Yemen this year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
SOP newswireSurging violence tearing social fabric of Iraq, UN envoy warns - The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called on the Iraqi authorities to capture the perpetrators behind the wave of “despicable violent crimes” that have killed and injured
SOP newswireU.S. Soldiers Share Thanksgiving Tradition With Iraqis - YUSUFIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2006 – In 1620, natives of England sailed to the Americas in hopes of a better future, but suffered a devastating first winter. At the beginning of the following fall, 46 of the original 102 pilgrims who sailed on
SOP newswireIran takes steps 'in right direction' on nuclear issues - Iran has agreed to a request by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide access to materials related to its uranium enrichment activities, but cooperation is still too limited
SOP newswireCivilians in Israel, Palestine bear brunt of abuses, UN rights chief says - Wrapping up a visit to the Middle East, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today that Palestinian and Israeli civilians were the primary victims of the alarming deprivation of human rights in the region.
SOP newswireU.S. General Says, NATO Must Honor Troop Pledges for Afghanistan - Washington „Ÿ NATOfs international force charged with helping to stabilize Afghanistan remains understaffed by as much as 15 percent, and the use of many of these forces comes
SOP newswireSaudi Arabia and UN agricultural arm agree to strengthen development cooperation - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Saudi Arabia have approved almost $60 million worth of joint development projects over the next five years across the Middle Eastern country, the FAO announced today
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