Friday, April 29, 2011


* Israel: No talks with Fatah-Hamas government The forum of seven senior ministers decided Thursday it would not hold peace talks with a joint Fatah-Hamas government.

* Egypt Draws Closer to Hamas, Iran Egypt has drifted farther from Israel following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, with protesters calling to end the peace treaty with Israel.

* UN atomic watchdog may clamp down on Syria UN inspectors may say in an upcoming report that a Syrian desert site bombed to rubble in 2007 was probably a covert nuclear reactor.

* Haniyeh calls on Fatah to renounce recognition of Israel Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday called on Fatah to renounce their recognition of Israel.

* Iran cleric warns Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power A senior Iranian cleric on Friday warned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power.

* Bloody Syrian crackdown embarrasses Turkish allies Turkish officials engaged in last-minute shuttle diplomacy with their restive neighbor Syria.

* Palestinian diplomats await EU backing for unity government Palestinian diplomats have said the EU is likely to back a new deal between rival political factions Fatah and Hamas despite Israel's opposition.

* China rethinks one child policy The population growth rate declined sharply and is aging quickly, prompting warnings of a looming demographic crunch and raising new concerns about the government's unwillingness to abandon its one-child policy.

* Pro-Gaddafi forces clash with Tunisian military Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town on Friday as Libya's conflict spilled over its borders.

* Balcony kisses seal royal wedding Prince William and Kate Middleton have kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding service in Westminster Abbey.