Thursday, January 27, 2011


* German, Polish leaders honor Holocaust victims The memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II was honored around the world on Thursday.

* Egypt unrest: ElBaradei 'ready' to lead transition Nobel peace laureate and Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei says Egypt must change and he is ready to lead the transition if asked.

* Europe marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day International Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed worldwide Thursday.

* Sarkozy: 'Failure of euro would be cataclysmic' French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out swinging in defence of Europe's single currency, saying France and Germany "will never let the euro fail."

* Mediterranean Union chief resigns as Egypt unrest continues The secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean has announced his resignation.

* Russia bombing: 'Islamist group suspected' Reports say Vitaly Razdobudko, from Stavropol on the edge of the northern Caucasus, either organised or carried out the attack.

* Al-Jazeera Against Fatah, Abbas A position paper by a senior policy analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs states that leaks of Israel-PA talks by Al-Jazeera are designed to harm the PA and block resumption of talks with Israel.

* Muslim birth rate falls worldwide Falling birth rates will slow the world's Muslim population growth over the next two decades.

* Muslims to visit Auschwitz in project to curb Holocaust denial An international delegation that includes many Muslim members will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp site next week.

* New Lebanon PM Mikati says he's committed to US ties The billionaire chosen by Hizbullah to become prime minister of Lebanon told the US ambassador Thursday that he is committed to having good ties with Washington.