Saturday, September 26, 2009


* Obama offers Iran 'serious dialogue' US President Barack Obama on Saturday offered Iran "a serious, meaningful dialogue" over its disputed nuclear program, while warning Teheran of grave consequences from a united global front.

* Israel calls for action on Iran Israel says the disclosure that Iran is building a second nuclear enrichment facility proves it "wants to equip itself with nuclear weapons".

* G-20 Unites to Curb Bank Pay, Align Economic Policy Group of 20 leaders built on the common front they forged in fighting the financial crisis to chart a shared path toward a more stable banking system and a stronger global economy.

* 'Israel wouldn't dare attack Iran' Israel would not "dare attack Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a press conference Friday.

* 'New plant to be operational soon' An adviser to Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Saturday that the uranium enrichment facility disclosed to the international community the previous day will begin to operate shortly.

* Abbas: Time is running out for peace Time is running out to make peace with Israel, Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

* Islamic threat hangs over Germany's national vote German political parties held their final campaign rallies before Sunday's national election.

* Arabs urge Obama to present peace outline The head of the Arab League and the Egyptian foreign minister on Friday urged President Barack Obama to present his own outline of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

* Obama Says Afghanistan, Pakistan Stability Key to His Goals President Barack Obama says stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan is "critical" to U.S. and allied goals in the region.

* Pope decries Czech communist-era persecution Pope Benedict XVI criticized the communist era's fierce religious persecution Saturday as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Czech Republic.