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Taliban militants today attacked an Afghan government delegation visiting the site in Kandahar where a US soldier shot dead 16 civilians.
The attackers opened fire at the group – which included two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers and several top security officials – from several sides. One Afghan soldier was reportedly killed and three people injured.
The Taliban have vowed revenge for each of the 16 murders. But public protests, so far, have been limited. It's unlikely a sign that Afghans are ready to forgive. Could it be, rather, that so many examples of civilian deaths have beaten the Afghan people down to the point where they simply do not expect anything else?
Both China and Russia have twice vetoed UN Security Council resolutions calling on President Bashar Al Assad to step down, arguing that the international community should not interfere. Diplomats are now negotiating a third resolution, due to be put to vote this week, which will likely not include a call for Assad's resignation and would condemn violence by both the government and the armed opposition.
Having vetoed only six Security Council resolutions in its history, observers say Beijing is unlikely to use its veto for a third time to protect the Syrian government – especially when there's oil at stake.
Burma, sealed off from Western investors by a thick shell of sanctions, could be open for business as soon as this year.
But even if the US Congress and White House stay on course, and finally reward the authoritarian state's recent reforms by cracking that shell, what will investors find underneath?
The answer, experts suggest, is plenty of promise and plenty of pitfalls.
Paraguayan officials confirmed earlier this month that a previously unknown tribe is living in a section of the country's vast Chaco forest.
The group, dubbed the "hiding tribe" by Paraguayan authorities, is thought to belong to the Ayoreo Totobiegosode culture, many of whose members have been driven out of the forests by logging and cattle-ranching.
The tribe's isolation is certainly voluntary. But will they be able to maintain it, as ranchers buy up and deforest surrounding land?
Saudi Arabia must be Pfizer’s favorite country in the world.
According to local media reports, Saudi Arabia ranks as the world's sixth largest consumer of sex-enhancing drugs. Considering that Saudi Arabia is one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet, that's quite an achievement.
The vast majority of cases of impotence are put down to "psychological factors." Other causes include diabetes and high blood pressure.
— Chatter by Jessica Phelan