Saturday, August 08, 2009


* Fatah: All of Jerusalem must be returned before negotiations The sixth Fatah General Assembly decreed on Saturday that the return of both east and west Jerusalem to Palestinian control was a "red line" which was non-negotiable.

* Teheran resumes mass trial of protesters Dozens of opposition activists and protesters stood trial in Teheran Saturday on charges of rioting and plotting to topple the ruling Islamic system.

* Bono, Tony Blair to lend their voices at church conference on leadership Although Bono and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair might be considered unconventional choices as featured speakers Friday at a church conference, organizers say they are a perfect fit.

* Hezbollah No. 2 says group ready for war with Israel Hezbollah's deputy secretary general, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said his organization is ready for any outbreak in hostilities that may erupt along the border with Israel.

* Abbas reelected Fatah leader Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was reelected as the leader of the Fatah movement Saturday.

* US: Iranian bomb no earlier than 2013 US State Department officials estimate that Iran will be unable to develop a nuclear weapon in the next four years despite previous assessments.

* UK 'may have 40-year Afghan role' The UK's commitment to Afghanistan could last for up to 40 years.

* New NATO Chief Calls for More Troops in Afghanistan New NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says more troops are needed in Afghanistan to defeat a resurgent Taliban movement.

* Medvedev: Defeat of Georgia showed Russian might Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday hailed the Russian victory in a war with Georgia a year ago, saying it showed the nation's strength and boosted its role in the world.

* Hotbeds of separatism in modern Europe Today, Europe is the venue of both integration and separatist processes. Experts have calculated that in the 21st century more than 10 new states may emerge in Europe.

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