Tuesday, June 16, 2009


* Iran 'to hold election recount' Iran's powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday's presidential poll.

* Mossad chief: Civil unrest in Iran will end soon The civil unrest that has followed the disputed re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not continue much longer.

* Medvedev calls for new reserve currencies Medvedev told a regional summit Tuesday that the creation of new reserve currencies in addition to the dollar is needed to stabilize global finances.

* EU-Israel meeting ends with no progress on 'upgrade' Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman ended his first EU visit on Monday (15 June) evening without securing a previously planned "upgrade" in EU-Israel relations.

* Yesha Council Head: We Expect Netanyahu to Build Danny Dayan, the head of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha), says he believes Netanyahu does not want or expect to give away Judea and Samaria.

* Indian and Pakistani leaders meet The leaders of India and Pakistan have met for the first time since last November's Mumbai (Bombay) attacks.

* Blair: Don't rule out right of return The return of Palestinian refugees to Israel should not be ruled out as a subject for negotiation, Tony Blair said.

* Iran protest news travels fast and far on Twitter Coverage of the Iranian election protests has taken on a global life as a result of the involvement in coverage on Twitter of Stephen Fry, Senator John McCain, Helpful American, Shahzad and persiankiwi.

* Iraqis take control of Baghdad's Green Zone As the armored car carrying Westerners cut to the front of the line at a checkpoint into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, an enraged Iraqi leapt from his BMW and yelled at the occupants.

* Pakistan tribal operation in 'early stages' Pakistan's military said Tuesday it is in the early stages of an operation against the country's Taliban leader in an area considered the deepest stronghold of al-Qaida and other militants.

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