Saturday, April 24, 2010


* 'No temporary Palestinian state' Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has officially rejected an offer by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to demarcate temporary borders for a sovereign Palestinian state.

* US: No breakthrough expected soon An American official has played down the prospects of any immediate progress in US envoy George Mitchell's efforts to resume peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

* Ahmadinejad: War games 'routine' Iranian war games being staged at a time of heightened tension with the US are routine, the Iranian president told reporters during a state visit to Zimbabwe.

* Chinese Military Seeks to Extend Its Naval Power The Chinese military is seeking to project naval power well beyond the Chinese coast.

* Greece formally requests EU-IMF aid Greece has formally placed a request to activate a €40-45 billion EU-IMF aid package.

* Israel pledged to Obama: No 2010 attack on Iran Israel was said to have pledged not to conduct an air strike against Iran in 2010.

* G-20 Split on the Need for a Global Tax on Banks Proposals to establish a global tax on banks and charge them for the cost of government bailouts divided representatives of the Group of 20 countries.

* Wave of Fatal Bombings Widens Fissures in Iraq A coordinated series of explosions struck a party headquarters, two mosques, a market and a shop in Baghdad on Friday.

* Israeli-Arab party flies to Libya A large delegation of Israeli-Arabs left Saturday morning from Amman on a historic visit to Libya.

* 'No Scud missiles in Lebanon' There are no Scud missiles in Lebanon, Lebanese army commander Jean Kahwaji said on Saturday.

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