Tuesday, August 18, 2009


* Huckabee says two states in Holy Land 'unrealistic' Former US presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Tuesday there is no room for a Palestinian state "in the middle of the Jewish homeland".

* Deadly pre-poll attack hits Kabul A suicide car bomber has killed seven people in an attack on a convoy of Western troops in the Afghan capital.

* Peres stresses Iran threat to Medvedev Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted President Shimon Peres for talks Tuesday that were expected to focus on the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear standoff.

* Mubarak makes White House return President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is preparing for his first talks at the White House since 2002, when a chill descended on US-Egyptian ties.

* Iranian Ayatollah Creates 'Private' Militia Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has established a new security force personally loyal to him.

* Arab League wants EU to back monitoring of Israeli nukes The Arab League has requested that the European Union back its resolution calling on Israel to submit to international monitoring of its alleged nuclear capability.

* Iran: No preconditions for nuke talks Teheran is ready for nuclear talks with the West without preconditions, a senior Iranian nuclear official was quoted.

* Iraq-Syria set for security talks Iraq's prime minister is visiting neighbouring Syria for talks that are expected to focus on border security.

* Huckabee's visit - show of support,or well-planned attack? Former Arkansas governor and US presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee kicked off his visit to Israel on Monday by telling reporters that recent American policy toward the Jewish state has been "far more harsh" than that of previous administrations.

* Violence, graft overshadow Afghan elections An incumbent president and 38 challengers, including two women, are vying for the votes of 17 million registered Afghans against a backdrop of war, graft, poverty and illiteracy.