Friday, January 21, 2011


* Angry Palestinians mob French minister in Gaza A crowd of angry Palestinians mobbed the car of French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as she toured the Gaza Strip on Friday.

* Lebanon Druze leader backs Hezbollah ahead of parliamentary talks Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said on Friday his group was committed to support the Islamist movement Hezbollah.

* Tony Blair 'regrets' Iraq dead in Chilcot grilling Tony Blair has said he "regrets deeply and profoundly the loss of life" during and after the 2003 Iraq war.

* Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Istanbul The United States and other world powers went into another round of talks with Iran.

* Bin Laden says France will pay a 'high price' for its policies in Afghanistan Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden warned French President Nicolas Sarkozy that his refusal to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was a "green light" to kill French hostages.

* Arab World Won't Donate to Palestinian Authority Palestinian Authority representatives, who arrived on Wednesday at the Arab League's economic summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, came equipped with an armload of financial requests.

* In Pakistan, Islamic hard-liners expanding their grip on society The killing of a governor opposed to the nation's blasphemy law, and the warm reception for his accused killer, has exposed Islamic fundamentalists' growing sway over the nation.

* Breakthrough after U.S. warns China on North Korea The United States warned China that it would redeploy forces in Asia if it failed to rein in North Korea.

* Muslim World: Iran's execution binge In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 15 in the isolated and overcrowded Urumiya prison in western Iran, the authorities hanged one of their opponent.

* 'We won't allow discussion of nuclear enrichment freeze' "We will not allow any talks linked to freezing or suspending of Iran's enrichment activities to be discussed at the meeting in Istanbul," senior official in the Iranian delegation Massoud Zohrevand said.