Saturday, November 13, 2010


* Abbas vows to walk in Arafat's footsteps to Palestine The Palestinian position remains unchanged – a Palestinian state free of settlements with Jerusalem as its capital.

* 'US failed to convince Netanyahu to halt construction' Israeli intransigence regarding the issue of settlement construction is the reason behind the current crisis in the peace process.

* Politicians in Iraq work to salvage power-sharing deal Politicians and foreign diplomats said they were doggedly working Friday to salvage a newly-minted Iraqi government power-sharing deal.

* U.S. releases $100 million aid for Lebanon army A senior United States lawmaker lifted a hold on Friday on U.S. funding for Lebanon's military.

* Egypt: Israeli travel warning an attempt to harm economy The governor of northern Sinai, outraged by an Israeli travel warning on the Egyptian peninsula issued earlier this week, claimed Saturday that the warning was an attempt to harm the Egyptian economy.

* Arafat museum in works Yasser Arafat had a knack for turning ordinary objects into symbols.

* China, Turkey conduct second major exercise China and Turkey have conducted another military exercise.

* Saudi Arabia blocks Facebook over moral concerns An official from Saudi Arabia's communications authority says the popular social networking site has been banned.

* Groups applaud push to boost policing of web privacy The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was set to unveil its new strategy in the coming weeks.

* Taliban mount series of attacks in Afghanistan In an apparent demonstration that the insurgency has not been weakened despite NATO-led forces saying they have made gains, militants mounted attacks in Jalalabad and Kunar in the east and northern town Kunduz.