Wednesday, October 21, 2009


* Iran nuclear fuel deal 'agreed' Iran and three world powers have been handed a draft agreement aimed at reducing international concerns over Tehran's nuclear program.

* Solana: Palestinian state in 1967 borders EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana said the European Union's goal is to establish a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders.

* Swedish EU presidency still hopes for fruitful summit The Swedish EU presidency is still hoping to fix the line-up of the new college of commissioners and the shape of the bloc's future diplomatic service at next week's summit.

* Israel joins US for defence drill Israel and the US are due to begin a two-week military defence exercise, thought to be the largest of its kind in Israel's history.

* Vatican in Bold Bid to Attract Anglicans The Vatican said it will make it far easier for disgruntled Anglicans to convert to Catholicism.

* US's Gates says North Korea's military "more lethal" U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday North Korea had become a more deadly threat to the region and Washington would never tolerate a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

* 'Human Rights Watch' Founder Denounces His Group as Anti-Israel Israel received support from a most unlikely source Tuesday, with a harsh condemnation of the Human Rights Watch group by its own founder, Robert Bernstein.

* Future EU foreign policy dependent on personal chemistry The future of EU foreign policy under the new Lisbon Treaty will depend on the personal chemistry between its main players.

* Abbas to set January 24 as election date Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that he will set January 24 as the date for presidential and legislative elections.

* Attack shuts all Pakistan schools All schools and universities have been closed across Pakistan a day after suicide bombers attacked an Islamic university in the capital, Islamabad.