Saturday, October 23, 2010


* 'Vatican calls for end to occupation of Arab territories' Catholic bishops for the Middle East on Saturday called upon the United Nations and the international community to "put an end to the occupation of the different Arab territories."

* 'Hizbullah trained Iraqis how to kidnap soldiers' Inside the some 400,000 US military documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday, were stories of tense and deadly border incidents on the Iraqi-Iranian frontier.

* UN envoy: Settlements major obstacle to Palestinian state Israel's West Bank settlement construction has made the formation of a Palestinian state an almost impossible task.

* Israeli presence on Palestinian land 'irreversible' A UN human rights rapporteur has said continued settlement construction will probably make Israel's occupation of Palestinian land irreversible.

* Centcom report on enhanced U.S.-Saudi relations cites threat of a nuclear-armed Iran The U.S. military's Central Command has reported an expansion of cooperation with Saudi Arabia since 2008.

* G-20 Vows to Avoid Currency War and to Share I.M.F. Power Saying they needed to shore up the “fragile and uneven” recovery, officials from the world’s 20 biggest economies promised Saturday to refrain from a currency war.

* Israel's 'Lt.Gen Computer' Can Plan Military Operations One of the "Made in Israel" developments presented at the Israel Defense Expo (ISDEF) is TARGET - a combat-proven mission planning software for the military.

* EU, Russia prod Iran to hold nuclear talks in November European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton reissued an invitation to Iran on Friday to hold talks on its nuclear program next month.

* EU unlikely to expand into post-Soviet east in next decade Poland and Sweden have in a joint strategy paper indicated the EU is unlikely to invite any of its post-Soviet neighbours to join the bloc in the next 10 years.

* Iraqi PM: WikiLeaks release politically timed New documents detailing alleged prisoner abuse by Iraqi security officials prompted fresh doubts Saturday about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's bid to remain in power for a second term.

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