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EU ministers seek accord on Iraq, constitution, Hamas

EU foreign ministers gathered in Italy for talks likely to be dominated by Iraq and the Middle East, although brewing political storms at home were first up on the menu for discussion. Tight security surrounded the talks, as anti-globalization protestors tried Friday to march on the meeting venue on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda but were beaten back by anti-riot police. Growing waves of violence threatening efforts to rebuild Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and arguments over blacklisting radical Islamic group Hamas’s political wing are all on the agenda during the two-day meeting. But the meeting’s first day was dominated by the imminent launch of an intergovernmental conference (IGC) on a future EU constitution, as well as a simmering row over an embryonic EU defence force. Full Story

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