Tuesday, October 16, 2007


* Putin in Iran for landmark visit Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Iran for a historic visit, the first by a Kremlin leader since Stalin joined a summit there in World War II.

* PM raises questions about east J'lem Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted he would agree to relinquish control of some east Jerusalem neighborhoods.

* Iraq seeks talks on Turkey threat Baghdad has called for "urgent negotiations" over Turkey's threat to carry out cross-border raids against Kurdish rebels.

* Turkey's Erdogan Says Parliament to Approve Iraq Raid Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the parliament will approve plans for an incursion into northern Iraq to attack Kurdish militants.

* 'Only united int'l effort can stop Iran' The United States alone cannot force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

* Oil prices rise to intraday record Oil prices rose to new intraday highs in Asia Tuesday on fears Turkey will pursue Kurdish rebels into Iraq and disrupt oil supplies in the region.

* Rice in Egypt seeks support for ME talks US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought support from Egypt on Tuesday in her quest to nudge Israelis and Palestinians closer together before November's Middle East peace conference.

* Problems remain ahead of EU treaty summit With only three days until EU leaders meet in Lisbon to adopt a new EU treaty, a number of issues are continuing to cloud the horizon.

* War is inevitable, Lieberman tells Rice An IDF operation to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is inevitable.

* HIV treatment 'failing' in Africa More than a third of patients on HIV medication in sub-Saharan Africa die or discontinue their treatment within two years of starting it, a survey shows.