Wednesday, October 07, 2009


* Solana calls for restraint in Jerusalem European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed concern Wednesday over "recent clashes in east Jerusalem."

* EU eyes bigger global role The 'Yes' vote by Irish voters on the Lisbon Treaty has brought forward the prospect that the European Union might play a greater role in world affairs.

* 'US may be planning to bomb Iran' The US could be in the process of accelerating provisions for a possible attack on Iran.

* Czechs 'to back treaty this year' The Czech PM, Jan Fischer, has told EU leaders he fully expects his country to ratify the EU's Lisbon Treaty by the end of this year.

* 'Old City violence may lead to 3rd intifada' Recent violence in the capital and the ongoing tensions surrounding the Temple Mount could trigger a third intifada.

* Saudi king in Damascus to mend fences with Assad Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah flew to Syria on Wednesday for talks with President Bashar Assad.

* Like it or not, the Temple Mount is key to Israeli-Palestinian peace Here we go again. As Jews celebrate in their tens of thousands the festival of Booths, Succot, religious extremists like Sheikh Raed Salah incite Palestinian masses to recapture Jerusalem with "blood and fire."

* MEPs pressure member states on diplomatic service MEPs are rushing to establish the European Parliament's formal position on the union's fledgling diplomatic service.

* Few Muslims willing to mimic Salah's actions Raed Salah, the outspoken leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel's northern branch, called Tuesday on all Israeli Arabs and residents of east Jerusalem to immediately make their way to the Old City and "shield the Aksa Mosque with their bodies."

* Obama 'rules out' Afghan cutbacks US President Barack Obama has said his review of Afghan strategy will not look at pulling out or cutting troop levels.

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