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The limits of finger-pointing
The Mumbai police chief's claims about the Pakistani provenance of the July 7 terrorist explosions have prompted the Bharatiya Janata Party to make the completely over-the-top demand that New Delhi sever diplomatic relations with Islamabad. BJP ...

Back from the brink
Where does Britain's crisis-ridden Labour Party stand after its `make-or-break' conference in Manchester last week? First, the bad news. Contrary to brave official claims, the conference failed to resolve fully the debilitating power struggle ...

Leader Page Articles
Political and military scenario-building on Iran
By Hamid Ansari

In the final analysis, the exercise is one of intentions: on the Iranian side, of dismantling the cage of isolation; on the Western side, of encaging Iran till its ideology is exorcised.

News Analysis
Data Exclusivity and national interest
By Sarah Hiddleston

In an exercise in non-transparency, the UPA Government is set to concede Data Exclusivity privileges to pharmaceutical multinationals and amend drug registration laws without public debate.

A year later, these women soldier on
By Shujaat Bukhari

Many women in Sultan Daki village of Uri district in Jammu and Kashmir were devastated by the October 2005 earthquake. They lost their homes. They lost their husbands.

Rice heads east but may find few allies
By Simon Tisdall

Lebanon's Premier has said the U.S. Secretary of State is not welcome in Beirut.

$20 billion plan to rival Panama Canal
By John Vidal

Nicaragua plans a vast channel for large ships. Opponents cite green issues and lack of demand.

Corrections and Clarifications
In "Abe to visit China" ("International" page, October 3, 2006), the Yasukuni shrine (= "peaceful nation shrine") has been incorrectly referred to as the Yakusuni shrine. A reader from Kuwait says: "The tribute "Pied Piper of deconstruction" ...

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