Saturday, June 14, 2008


* EU grapples with Irish 'No' vote Governments in the European Union are exploring what to do after the Irish Republic's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty to reform the expanded EU.

* 'Peace isn't the only way to get Golan' One senior member of the foreign ministry suggested that if Israel did not willingly give up the Golan, then Syria would take it by force.

* Iran rules out halt to enrichment Tehran has warned it will reject any deal that demands it halt uranium enrichment - part of a new package of incentives from world powers.

* Bush, Sarkozy criticize Iran, Syria US President George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy each directed one-two punches against Iran and Syria.

* Impasse in US-Iraqi forces talks Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has said that talks with the US on a long-term agreement allowing US forces to remain in Iraq have "reached an impasse".

* 'Riyadh to increase oil production' Saudi Arabia is planning to increase its oil production output next month by about a half-million barrels a day.

* Earthquake rocks northern Japan At least six people are dead and more than 140 injured after a powerful earthquake struck northern Japan, triggering landslides.

* Manhunt follows Taliban jail attack A hunt is under way for more than 870 prisoners who escaped from a jail in southern Afghanistan after Taliban fighters blew it open, killing 15 security guards.

* U.S. pastor apologizes to Jews for 'God sent Hitler' comments A prominent American televangelist and outspoken supporter of Israel publicly apologized Friday for remarking that the Holocaust was the work of divine providence.

* Brussels calls for Lisbon treaty ratification to continue The European Commission has called for ratification of the Lisbon treaty to continue.

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