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GOP candidate Herman Cain: Palestinians should get ‘nothing’ in peace deal

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that as president, he would offer the Palestinians “nothing” as part of a peace deal with Israel. “I’m not convinced that the Palestinians are really interested in peace,” Cain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “If we look at history, it has been clear…

Obama: Israel Palestinian talks ‘more vital than ever’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that political turmoil battering the Middle East made it “more vital than ever” that Israel and the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Despite a mood of deep pessimism surrounding Obama’s peace drive, in Israel, in Washington and in the Palestinian…

WikiLeaks’ Assange gets Australian peace prize

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, was given a peace award on Tuesday for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.” Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal in London, only the fourth to be…

Gaddafi exit ‘was discussed’ at meeting of African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An African Union official said Monday the issue of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s stepping down had been discussed during peace talks in Tripoli. “There was some discussion on this but I cannot report on this. It has to remain confidential,” said Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and…

Gaddafi accepts ‘peace roadmap’ from African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a roadmap for ending the civil war in Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said after leading a delegation of African leaders at talks in Tripoli. Zuma, who with four other African heads of state met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan…

Former secy of state Warren Christopher dies

LOS ANGELES — Former secretary of state Warren Christopher, a “diplomat’s diplomat” who helped negotiate peace in the former Yugoslavia and advanced the Middle East peace process, has died at the age of 85, officials said. He had reportedly been suffering from kidney and bladder cancer. A lawyer by training,…

Hague warns Israel over ‘belligerent’ rhetoric

LONDON — Foreign Secretary William Hague warned “belligerent” Israel to tame its rhetoric and said unrest in Arab countries may hinder the peace process, in comments published on Wednesday. Hague told the London Times that recent popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan could undermine the search for a permanent…

Tony Blair: Mubarak is a ‘force for good’

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still has a few friends in high places. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair explained Tuesday that the embattled Egyptian president was “immensely courageous and a force for good.” Appearing on CNN, Blair praised Mubarak’s role in brokering peace between Israel and Palestine. The former prime…

Carter says ‘people have decided’ in Egypt: report

WASHINGTON — Former US president Jimmy Carter, who brokered the existing peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, predicted Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will have to resign because “the people have decided,” a report said. “This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,”…

Israel’s Barak quits Labour and forms new party

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was leaving his struggling Labour party and setting up a new centrist party called “Independence,” in a move set to strengthen the Israeli government. The surprise decision will see Barak and four other deputies leaving the strife-torn faction as…

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