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Iran repeats opposition to two-state solution

Any plan to divide a Palestinian state would be unacceptable, Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday, adding that such a state could exist temporarily as part of “liberated territory.” Israel’s prime minister responded by saying his country would respond to these “hateful” remarks by redoubling its focus on security and…

Hannity offers to ‘make peace’ between Susteren and Carlson

Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday offered to help make peace in a ongoing debate between Greta Van Susteren and Tucker Carlson. Susteren had called Carlson a “pig” on her blog after his website published a report on Sarah Palin’s alleged affair with NBA star Glen Rice. That later degenerated into…

Clinton pushes security, trade ties in India

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper regional security cooperation and trade ties in talks with Indian leaders Tuesday, held in the shadow of triple bomb blasts in Mumbai. India’s concerns over the US troop drawdown in Afghanistan and New Delhi’s renewed peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan are…

House to warn Palestinians on UN statehood bid

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives closed ranks Wednesday to warn the Palestinians that they risk cuts in US aid if they pursue UN recognition of a future state not defined in direct talks with Israel. A resolution to that effect had 320 co-sponsors out of the often polarized…

Palestinians going ahead with UN statehood bid

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Sunday that with no renewal of peace talks on the horizon, the Palestinians would pursue their unilateral bid for recognition in September. “I say that if negotiations have failed we will go to the United Nations for membership,” Abbas told…

Obama warns of new U.S. tactical spats with Israel

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama warned that new “tactical” disagreements loomed between Israel and Washington, but vowed to leverage his administration’s “creative powers” in the cause of peace. Obama, who has had a testy relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke at length on the stalled peace process at…

Karzai: U.S. in peace talks with Taliban

KABUL (AFP) – The United States is holding talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday, in the first official confirmation of such contacts after nearly 10 years of war. Although diplomats and officials say talks are at a very early stage, Karzai’s remarks highlight the increasing focus…

Obama calls for ceasefire in Sudan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama is calling on Sudan’s warring factions to end the bloody violence threatening a peace agreement as the south gears up for independence due in three weeks. “There is no military solution,” Obama said in an audio message recorded late Tuesday for the publicly-funded VOA…

Obama admits ‘inherent limitations’ of Libya intervention

LONDON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted the “inherent limitations” of NATO’s strategy of using air power but no ground troops in Libya, but said building pressure would still oust Moamer Kadhafi. On the second day of a state visit to Britain, Obama also delivered his strongest…

Netanyahu: Israel willing to make ‘painful’ land concessions for peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is prepared to make “painful compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday. Addressing a joint meeting of Congress, a bastion of support for Israel, after a testy exchange last…

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