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March 27, 2008

1. Iraqi Security Forces continue to battle Mahdi Army (JAM) groups from Basra to Baghdad. PM Maliki gives militants 72 hours to surrender.

2. Court documents reveal Iraqi intelligence facilitated travel of 3 dissenting Congressmen in 2002 run-up to war.

3. China begins to open up Tibet to foreign journalists again, signaling operations may be drawing down. Beijing had complained that Western media coverage was unfair while media blackout in place.

4. UN appoints founder of the 'Khaddafi Human Rights Prize' to its Human Rights Council.

5. While saying it will confront terrorists, new Pakistani government distancing itself from US partnership.

CHINA
First Foreign Journalists Enter Tibet Since Riots - The New York Sun
China Accuses Western Media of Distorting Reports on Tibet Riots, Crackdown - ABC
Last Week: China Orders Video Web Sites to Close - ABC
660 Held in Tibetan Uprising, China Says - New York Times
Tibetan Monks Disrupt China's Show Tour - ABC

IRAN
Iran Wants Compensation for UN Sanctions - AP
US moves towards engaging Iran - Asia Times
Cheney disputes Iran's nuclear goals - Los Angeles Times

IRAQ
PM Maliki gives Shiite militias in Basra three days to surrender - Los Angeles Times
Bomb Damages Oil Pipeline in Basra - VOA
Iraqi Army’s Assault on Militias in Basra Stalls - New York Times
Violence spreads across Iraq as army and militias clash - Telegraph
Analysis: Unrest in Basra provides a window on Iraq's future - M&C
Pentagon Calls Iraq Fighting Good Sign, Analysts Not Convinced - VOA
Maliki's Moment of Truth in Basra - TIME
Officials Await IDs on 3 Iraq Bodies - AP

ISRAEL
Two Sderot residents lightly hurt in fresh Qassam barrage - Haaretz

PAKISTAN
New Pakistani Leaders Tell Americans There’s ‘a New Sheriff in Town’ - New York Times
New Pakistan leaders 'target militants' - Asia Times

SAUDI ARABIA
Iraq Hands Over Saudi Detainees to Riyadh, Including "Most Wanted" - Asharq Alawsat

UN
'Moammar Khaddafi Human Rights Prize' Founder Appointed to UN Human Rights Council - UN Watch

US
U.S. Says Hussein Spy Agency and Iraqi-American Arranged ’02 Trip by Congressman - New York Times
Another Virginia Sniper? Five Vehicles Shot on Interstate - ABC

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