Saturday, February 19, 2011


* Palestinians plan 'Day of Rage' to protest U.S. veto on UN settlement resolution Palestinians are planning their own "Day of Rage" to protest the American veto on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

* Suez Canal Authority: No military approval yet for Iran warships Egypt's Suez Canal Authority has not yet received military approval to allow two Iranian navy ships to pass north into the Mediterranean.

* As Army Pulls Back, Bahrain Protesters Retake Square Thousands of jubilant protesters surged back into the symbolic heart of Bahrain on Saturday.

* 'Process of democracy in Egypt not dangerous for Israel' Former head of Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, said Saturday that "the process of democratization in Egypt is not necessarily dangerous for Israel."

* Rice: UN resolution veto not endorsement of settlements US Ambassador Susan E. Rice said Saturday that the US vetoed a UN resolution which condemned settlements and called for a freeze on construction should not be "seen as an endorsement of Israel's settlement policies".

* Ashton to host global conference on north Africa European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is to hold a high-level international conference in Brussels next week.

* Abbas: Ties with U.S. won't be severed over veto of UN settlement resolution Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he does not expect to cut ties with the United States.

* Arab League sees grave situation and wants summit The Arab League said on Saturday it was important that a March summit goes ahead in Baghdad.

* Libya: Snipers shoot mourners, killing 15 Moammar Gadhafi's forces fired on mourners leaving a funeral for protesters Saturday in the eastern city of Benghazi.

* Jordan's king gets warning letter from leaders of his own Bedouin base King Abdullah was said to have been alarmed by unrest within his traditional Bedouin tribal base.