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Geopolitical Diary: Friday, Oct. 21, 2005
October 21, 2005 0308 GMT
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) officials said Thursday that the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division will investigate reports of misconduct by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, who burned the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. The reports surfaced a day earlier when Australia's SBS network broadcast footage showing troops burning bodies and taunting Taliban fighters believed to be hiding in a nearby village. SBS provided the footage to other media outlets, including CNN, which aired the graphic footage. [more]

Nanotech Policy: Regulation at the Intersection of Science, Morals and Public Health
October 20, 2005 2359 GMT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a consultant's report on Oct. 16 that offered the first plan for studying the toxicity of nanotechnology. The report outlined three elements of a... [more]

Iran: Tehran's Nuclear Gamesmanship
October 20, 2005 2312 GMT
Iran on Oct. 20 gave U.N. inspectors key documents concerning activities that could be related to the development of nuclear weapons. With the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) meeting set... [more]

Azerbaijan: A Struggle for Power in Full Swing
October 20, 2005 2210 GMT
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has begun a pre-emptive strike within his own clan and government in an effort to resist efforts by the U.S.-backed opposition to initiate a "velvet revolution" in... [more]

Iraq: Political Progress, Increasing Violence -- The Disconnect
October 20, 2005 1924 GMT
Suicide attacks and fighting between insurgents and the U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi forces have been increasing since September, with three separate incidents Oct. 20 alone. Possible reasons for... [more]

Colombia: Uribe's Re-election Bid and the FARC Threat
October 20, 2005 1423 GMT
Colombia's Constitutional Court on Oct. 19 upheld a law permitting presidential re-election for a second term, making another four-year term for President Alvaro Uribe Velez a virtual certainty....
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