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Israel to halt targeted killings of Palestinian militants
Israeli security officials said Wednesday that Israel would suspend its targeted killings of Palestinian militants as part of its preparations for a cease-fire and a resumption of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israel will not act on (More)
Iranian leader orders parliament to halt impeachment of cabinet members
Iran's highest official, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , told hard-line lawmakers in parliament Tuesday to stop the impeachment of cabinet members appointed by reformist President Mohammad Khatami [official website; BBC News profile]. Ali Khamenei' (More)
Israel seizes East Jerusalem land under 1950 law
Israel has reportedly begun seizing land in east Jerusalem land owned by Palestinians in the West Bank under a law passed in 1950. The land has been transferred to the Custodian of Absentee Property , a body formed by the law, according to documen (More)
Zarqawi aide arrested in Iraq
Iraqi authorities Monday announced the arrest of Sami Mohammed al-Jafi, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, a top aide to al Qaeda-linked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi . Al-Kurdi has been in Iraqi custody since January 15th, but the announcement of his capture (More)
Additional bans, shutdowns announced for Iraq vote
Iraq's Interior Minister Saturday announced additional security measures for the pending January 30 election as insurgent groups increased their attacks and vowed to disrupt the vote. Baghdad International Airport will now be closed from January (More)
Iranian council says women can run for presidency
A spokesman for Iran's hard-line Guardian Council indicated Saturday that women can run in June's presidential election . The council ruling clears up an ambiguous aspect of the Iranian constitution which states that the president must be (More)
Balkin [Yale]: Bush's Second Inaugural Address
Jack Balkin, Yale Law School:"I liked Bush's second inaugural address, which argued for the cause of freedom around the world, very much. I also liked his first inaugural address, which sounded very moderate, spoke of justice, tolerance, an (More)
Polling places in Iraqi insurgent centers to be kept secret
A US general speaking from Baghdad Tuesday said that Iraqis would be able to vote in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi , both scenes of repeated insurgent attacks against Iraqi and US targets, but that for security reasons the location of polling p (More)
Iraq to shut borders, close roads for elections
Iraqi officials said Tuesday that beginning January 29, all land borders will be closed for three days in an effort to increase security before the January 30 elections . The Iraqi Interim Government has also declared January 29-31 public holidays (More)
Voter registration underway for expatriate Iraqis
Voter registration began Monday for expatriate Iraqis wishing to cast ballots in the upcoming January 30 elections for a new Iraqi national assembly. The expatriate registration drive, part of the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program [official website (More)