Thursday's coverage: WHO upgrades H1N1, Peru uprisings, and Holocaust Museum shooter
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• Staff writer Sara Miller Llana and correspondent Lucien Chavin report that Peru’s Congress has backed down under violent pressure from indigenous groups by suspending the law that opens up the Amazon to drilling and farming by multinationals.
• In Sweden, Tom Sullivan reports that controversial NATO war games reflect the growing strategic importance of the Arctic – which is estimated to contain a quarter of the Earth’s oil and gas – and warns it may heighten tensions with Russia.
• Marking dramatic shift in policy, correspondent Jane Arraf reports that the US appears prepared to release Sheikh Laith al-Khazali, a major figure accused of masterminding the killing of five American soldiers.
• In anticipation of George Mitchell’s visit to Syria tomorrow, Julien Barnes-Dacey discusses the Middle East envoy’s goals—to transform one of the region’s biggest de-stabilizers into an ally and provide the US with leverage on Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Hezbollah, and Hamas.
• Scott Peterson is seeing the campaign in Iran become more bitter as fervor rises.
• Scott Baldauf reports that the rise of piracy – and the very real threat of an Islamist takeover in the Somali capital of Mogadishu – may be providing the territory of Somaliland with its best argument for recognition as a separate, stable, friendly country in the region.
• What’s behind the anti-Indian attacks in Australia? Janaki Kremmer investigates this complex issue.