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Daily View 2×2: 9 August 2009 – UK may have 40-year Afghan role

The rest of The Voice’s Daily View team may have decided to have a lie in each morning during August, but we’re made of sterner stuff here on the Sunday slot (for the moment). And as it’s a Sunday, it’s also time for another instalment of singing.

2 Big Stories

UK ‘may have 40-year Afghan role’

So reports the BBC:

The UK’s commitment to Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years, the incoming head of the Army has said.

Gen Sir David Richards, who takes over on 28 August, told the Times that “nation-building” would last decades.

Troops will be required for the medium term only, but the UK will continue to play a role in “development, governance [and] security sector reform,” he said.

Iran

Britain condemned the trial of an Iranian employee of its Tehran embassy on spying charges on Saturday, calling it an “outrage” and saying it breached past assurances from senior Iranian officials.

Political analyst Hossein Rassam is on trial with Iranian moderates and a French citizen accused of involvement in the political unrest which followed the Islamic Republic’s disputed June presidential election – unrest that Iran says Britain and other Western countries have fuelled.

“I am deeply concerned by the unjustified charges today laid against Hossein Rassam,” said British Foreign Minister David Miliband. [Reuters]

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Sunday Bonus

As is now nearly traditional, here’s another song about computing. This time it is Microsoft getting the musical love:

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