Saturday, April 17, 2010


* Iran opens 'alternative' nuke summit Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday opened a two-day nuclear conference under the slogan "Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One."

* US: Scud delivery uncertain Officials expressed doubts Saturday as to whether Scud missiles were recently delivered to Hizbullah from.

* Gaddafi: Barakeh Obama is friend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi considers the US president a blessing to the Muslim world.

* Obama to push Israel to renew peace talks US President Barack Obama informed his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that he plans to continue to pressure the Israeli government to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

* Erdogan: Israel speaks in cacophony Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Israeli government is made up of a "three-headed coalition with different voices".

* Volcanic ash: Europe flights grounded for third day Virtually all of Europe's major airports remain closed as a huge plume of volcanic ash drifts south and east across the continent from Iceland.

* Fayyad sets out to fulfill vision Who has turned Israel, Hamas and the veteran and conservative group in Fatah into loyal partners?

* World has mixed messages on nuclear arms The release last week of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) joins a series of recent and upcoming arms control events in which President Barack Obama is taking the lead.

* Hezbollah: Israel behind Scud reports On the backdrop of reports that Syria has transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah, the organization's deputy secretary-general said, "Israel's threats are an evasion attempt, but this does not mean that a war is imminent."

* 'Israel made world better' The Holocaust survivors who helped build Israel "made our world better," US Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.