Saturday, October 24, 2009


* Larijani: West is trying to 'cheat' Iran Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday called the UN-drafted deal to ship much of Teheran's uranium to Russia and France for further enrichment an attempt by the West to "cheat" the Islamic republic.

* Asian leaders eye EU-style bloc Asian leaders meeting in Thailand are discussing plans to "lead the world" by forming an EU-style community by 2015.

* 'US-Israel drill unrelated to current events' A major US-Israeli missile-defense exercise begun this week was planned several months ago and bears no relations to current events, US and Israeli military officials said.

* Police up alert in Temple Mount The Jerusalem Police will bolster deployment throughout the Old City, east Jerusalem and Temple Mount compound Sunday.

* Engineer: Dig improving Temple Mount stability Despite recent accusations to the contrary, the chief site engineer for the Western Wall tunnels declared on Thursday that Israeli archeological excavations were not being done under the Temple Mount.

* NATO Ministers Endorse Wider Afghan Effort Defense ministers from NATO on Friday endorsed the ambitious counterinsurgency strategy for Afghanistan proposed by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

* Abbas calls January 24 elections Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday issued a decree calling for presidential and parliamentary elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on January 24.

* Netanyahu hopes for Obama meet in November Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington next month for a conference of Jewish organizations and hopes to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.

* Afghan Campaign for Presidential Runoff Starts Under Taliban Threats Taliban insurgents are threatening to target Afghans who vote in the country's November 7 presidential runoff.

* Anglicans ponder Rome invitation About 600 Church of England priests are meeting later to discuss the Pope's offer for them to join their own section of the Roman Catholic Church.