Tuesday, March 16, 2010


* Palestinian unrest subsides in J'lem After a morning of violent clashes, during which dozens of masked Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli police and burnt tires in various east Jerusalem neighborhoods, order seems to have been restored to the capital.

* Israel's J'lem actions 'absurd' Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Monday that Israel's actions in Jerusalem were "absurd, an evasion, maneuvering and an attempt to suffocate the Palestinians."

* 'Hamas used kids as human shields' Hamas gunmen used Palestinian children as human shields, and established command centers and Kassam launch pads in and near more than 100 mosques and hospitals during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last year.

* U.S. confident Mideast peace talks to continue The U.S. is confident proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians will continue, despite recent tension over Israel's plan to construct 1,600 new housing units in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

* Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths Tony Blair is preparing to launch a "faith offensive" across the United States over the next year.

* EU's Ashton chides Israel over Jerusalem settler plan EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has said Israel's decision to build new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem endangers peace talks.

* Hurva is again a house of prayer After a nearly 62-year hiatus, the renowned Hurva synagogue inside the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City has been rebuilt and is again an operational house of prayer.

* U.S. to accelerate Iraq pullout, credits Iraqis for election security The United States, declaring the election a security achievement, has been preparing to accelerate its withdrawal from Iraq.

* US envoy George Mitchell postpones Israel visit US envoy George Mitchell has postponed a visit to Israel amid a continuing row over Israel's decision to build more Jewish homes in Arab East Jerusalem.

* Iraq Election Results Hint of Political Shift Partial election results released Monday suggested a sharp and divisive shift in power in Iraq.