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Instability in Pakistan, floods in Australia and Al Sadr's homecoming

By Judith Prescott

Pakistan dominates the news in the region this week with the assassination of the governor of Punjab and a major political crisis as the second largest party leaves the government coalition. In Australia, residents of the state of Queensland are struggling to cope with floods described as being of biblical proportions. And Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al Sadr returns to Iraq after nearly four years outside the country.

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