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Australia: Support for Australia's military presence in Iraq has fallen to an all-time low, even among Coalition voters.A Morgan Poll of 658 people taken this week found 59 per cent of Australians oppose having soldiers in Iraq - up 13 percentage points from the first poll on the issue in March 2004, and eight points since March 2005.Only 35 per cent believe Australia should have a military presence, and six per cent could not say.Droves of Coalition voters have deserted Prime Minister John Howard on the issue over the past year.Read here for more
NEPAL: King Gyanendra of Nepal made a desperate attempt to save his throne as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Kathmandu yesterday calling for his overthrow. On the streets too, the people vowed to continue their rallies. There were spontaneous demonstrations in reaction to the King's speech, with people chanting: "Democracy is coming! Gyanendra leave the country!" Read here for more
USA: A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq. The former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, also says that while the intelligence community did give the White House some bad intelligence, it also gave the White House good intelligence — which the administration chose to ignore. Drumheller talks to 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley in his first television interview this Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Read here for more
Read here Associated Press's full article by Matthew Barakat
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was accused of leaking national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.
Prosecutors disputed the claim.
The allegations against Rice came as a federal judge granted a defense request to issue subpoenas sought by the defense for Rice and three other government officials in the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman.
The two are former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who are charged with receiving and disclosing national defense information.
Rosen's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said the testimony of Rice and others is needed to show that some of the top officials in U.S. government approved of disclosing sensitive information to the defendants and that the leaks may have been authorized.
The issuance of subpoenas does not automatically require Rice or anybody else to testify or give a deposition. A recipient can seek to quash the subpoena.
Calls to the State Department seeking comment Friday evening were not immediately returned.