Monday, October 19, 2009


* Ahead of nuclear talks, Iran signals it may not strike deal Iran signaled ahead of international talks Monday that it will not meet Western demands for a deal that would move most of its enriched uranium out of the country and delay its gaining the ability to make a nuclear bomb.

* Iran accuses Pakistan over attack Iran's president has accused Pakistani agents of involvement in a suicide bombing in south-east of the country targeting a group of the elite Revolutionary Guards force.

* Russia’s Leaders See China as Template for Ruling Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Communist Party, Russia’s rulers have hit upon a model for future success: the Communist Party.

* Iraq cabinet ratifies oil deals Iraq's cabinet has ratified a deal with two foreign energy companies to develop the giant southern oilfield in Rumaila.

* Karzai stripped of outright win A panel probing fraud claims in the Afghan election has found Hamid Karzai did not gain enough valid votes for an outright win, the BBC understands.

* Abdullah: US focusing too much on Iran Jordan's king that the US administration seems to be focusing more of its attention on Iran and less on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying time was running out to make peace.

* Resumption of peace talks very close Israel is "very close" to making a deal to restart negotiations with the Palestinians, Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor said.

* Record Number of Visitors to Western Wall A record number of people - 1.5 million visitors - came to the Western Wall during the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

* Europe unwilling to condemn Israel for war crimes at UN European countries on the council opposed the resolution or abstained from the vote after heavy diplomatic pressure from Tel Aviv.

* Hamas TV program: English is enemy's language The Hamas children's television program, Tomorrow's Pioneers, last week included a part in which children were told it is important to know English, because it is "the language of their enemy."