Wednesday, January 23, 2008


* Mubarak: Palestinians were allowed into Egypt on my orders By Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Gaza crossed into Egypt on Wednesday after gunmen destroyed about two-thirds of the Gaza-Egypt border wall.

* Bolton: Israel May Have to Strike Iran Soon Former American Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton hinted broadly Tuesday that Israel will have to strike Iran's nuclear program on its own.

* Hamas willing to cede border control Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called Wednesday for an urgent meeting with his Fatah rivals.

* Report: 5 million killed in Congo conflict Hopes are high that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and armed groups can end a decade of fighting.

* Gaza battle moves to UNSC Even as Israel allowed some fuel and supplies to enter Gaza, and Kassam rockets again struck the western Negev.

* Greek PM in historic Turkish trip Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrives in Turkey on Wednesday in the first official visit there by leader of Greece for almost five decades.

* 'New Iran resolution not harsh' The new draft UN resolution on Iran over its disputed nuclear program does not call for any harsh sanctions.

* Political Unrest in Fear of Winograd Report A week before the release of the long-awaited Winograd Report on the government's handling of the Lebanon War, bereaved parents hand in their own report - and it's not pretty.

* Web pornography targeted in China Chinese authorities closed down 44,000 websites and arrested 868 people last year in a campaign against internet pornography, state media has reported.

* EU blames US spending for market turbulences The European Commission has pointed to unhealthy public spending in the US as the main cause of the current global market turbulences.