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Today's news briefing: A bid for Opel, a blockade in Somalia, and the president of Macedonia sits down with the Monitor

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Jane Arraf in Baghdad reports on a survey of the Iraqi Army is finding almost one-quarter currently fails to meet its own minimum qualifications for soldiers.

• The bidding for Opel, the German automaker, begins. And Jeffrey White in Berlin finds that Fiat is driving hard.

• In his first interview with a Western newspaper, the new president of Macedonia sits down with the Monitor. The discussion with reporter Christopher Deliso includes US foreign policy in the Balkans, tied in with Joe Biden’s visit to the region, which wraps up Thursday.


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