Monday, April 21, 2008


* IDF braces for more attacks from Gaza The IDF was gearing up on Sunday for a wave of Hamas attacks along the Gaza border after the terror group carried out an ambitious large-scale attack against the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel a day earlier.

* 'Hamas won't recognize' Israel but accept 1967 borders' Hamas will not recognize Israel but will accept a Palestinian state on Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, the Islamic terror group's exiled leader said Monday.

* Palestinians' backing for terror rises The number of Palestinians who support attacks against Israelis continues to rise and more than half of them favor suicide bombings, according to a poll published this weekend.

* Pakistan launches longest-range nuclear-capable missile Pakistan's military said a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead anywhere in India is ready for wartime use after troops successfully launched it Monday for the first time during a field exercise.

* Netanyahu to 'Post': Iran must be stopped Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu was treated respectfully by the 100 members of the foreign press who attended his Israel Project briefing Wednesday. The same day, the Hebrew press was not as kind.

* Muslim call to adopt Mecca time Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

* Stadium Mass ends Pope's US visit Pope Benedict XVI said farewell to the United States by celebrating an open-air Mass with 55,000 people at New York's Yankee baseball stadium.

* Rice joins Gulf regional meeting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Bahrain for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

* Somalia clashes 'the worst since 1991' Bodies continued to litter the streets of Mogadishu on Monday after two days of intense fighting described by one human rights representative as "the worst" since 1991.

* Oil rises above $117 for the first time Crude oil rose above $117 a barrel on Monday for the first time after OPEC said it would maintain current production levels, rejecting calls from Japan and Britain to raise output.

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