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Obama, Netanyahu meet as U.S. peace bid flounders
10 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeffrey Heller and Ross Colvin WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama held talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, giving his visit an unusually low profile as U.S. efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain stalemated. Netanyahu, who began the day by publicly urging Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate immediately and drop  ...

Iraq election set for January 21 after new law passed
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Muhanad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis will vote in a general election on January 21 now that parliament has passed a law needed for a vote to take place, the head of the country's electoral commission said on Monday. The ballot was originally set for January 16, but electoral authorities said the delay in passing the law had made it impossible to organize by then. Parliament ...

Obama, Netanyahu to meet as U.S. peace bid flounders
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ross Colvin and Jeffrey Heller WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was due to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday amid floundering U.S. efforts to jump-start stalled Middle East peace talks. The meeting between the two leaders is likely to anger Palestinians, who are already frustrated by what they perceive as backsliding by  ...

Ida weakens to tropical storm in U.S. Gulf
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Chris Baltimore HOUSTON (Reuters) - Ida weakened to a tropical storm as it churned toward oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and was forecast to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast early on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. Ida was expected to come ashore somewhere between Louisiana and Florida. At its earlier hurricane strength, Ida triggered floods and mu ...

Iran charges three detained Americans with espionage
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ramin Mostafavi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has charged three detained U.S. citizens with espionage, the official IRNA news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying on Monday. The three were held after they strayed into Iran from northern Iraq at the end of July. "We believe strongly that there is no evidence to support any charge whatsoever," U.S. Secretary of state Hillar ...

Merkel hails East German bravery 20 years after Wall
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the courage of East Germans who helped topple the Berlin Wall as leaders converged on the German capital to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an event which marked the end of the Cold War. Images of the historic night when East Berliners trapped behind the 3.6 meter (12 feet) high concrete barrier rushed checkpoints to ...

Healthcare bill faces tough path in Senate
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a landmark win in the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama's push for healthcare reform faces a difficult path in the Senate amid divisions in his own Democratic Party on how to proceed. On a 220-215 vote, including the support of one Republican and opposition from 39 Democrats, the House backed a bill late on Saturday that  ...

Karzai says he's addressing corruption
9 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By JoAnne Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview airing Monday he is taking steps to root out corruption in his government, but he also said foreign money was making the problem worse. In addition to what he called "the usual corruption in any government," Karzai said he is dealing with a kind of corruption that is foreign to his country.  ...

Iraq passes election law paving way for January poll
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ahmed Rasheed and Muhanad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi lawmakers passed a long-delayed election law on Sunday to pave the way for a January poll, after parliament sidestepped a potentially explosive row over the oil-producing city of Kirkuk. Prolonged wrangling over the law had thrown the election date into doubt, and U.S. officials had feared the row would hit plans to draw ...

At least 42 killed in El Salvador by Ida's rains
8 Nov 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - At least 42 people have been killed by flooding and mudslides in El Salvador due to heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida, Interior Minister Humberto Centeno said in a press conference carried by national radio. The government has declared a state of emergency in five of the Central American nation's departments and expects to find more victims as rescue workers move  ...

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