June 28, 2007 The top U.S. commander in Iraq says success in Iraq may take more time than Washington is willing to give. On a recent inspection in Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus also says any real long-term solution for the country must be a political one.
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June 28, 2007 Tehran calms a day after angry crowds responded to gas rationing in Iran by setting a dozen gas stations on fire. The country has the world's second-largest oil and gas reserves, and gas prices had been subsidized.
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June 28, 2007 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has a new job as an envoy for the Middle East Quartet — a group that includes the U.S., EU, Russia and the U.N. His new task could prove as difficult as his old one.
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June 27, 2007 Tony Blair has stepped down as prime minister and leader of the ruling Labour Party — replaced by his former finance minister, Gordon Brown. He has been appointed as representative of the so-called Middle East Quartet to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
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June 27, 2007 The Iranian government abruptly announced mandatory fuel rationing on Tuesday night. Angry Iranians reacted by burning or damaging a dozen gas stations in Tehran. Gas remains inexpensive in Iran: After a 25-percent hike in prices was imposed in May, it sells at 38 cents a gallon.
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June 26, 2007 Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to be named as special envoy for the international diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East and will focus on Palestinian economic and political reform, a senior U.S. official said. The Quartet is comprised of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia.
June 25, 2007 Leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to offer support during his battle with rival Palestinians in the Hamas organization. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he will release 250 Fatah members from Israeli prisons.
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June 25, 2007 Four Sunni, tribal leaders were killed Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Baghdad hotel where they were meeting with U.S. officials. The sheiks were associated with the Anbar Salvation Council, which has allied itself with the U.S. to help drive al-Qaida extremists out of Iraq's Anbar province.
June 25, 2007 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday he would order the release of 250 members of the Fatah move ment from Israeli prisons as a "gesture of good will towards the Palestinians."
June 25, 2007 Cpl. Gilad Shalit, captured a year ago in a cross-border ambush by Hamas militants from Gaza, says he is in deteriorating health and calls for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
June 25, 2007 A group of Islamic militants on Monday posted a video tape showing a BBC correspondent wearing a vest packed with explosives was posted on an Internet Web site.
June 25, 2007 In Paris for a summit on the Darfur crisis, the secretary of state acknowledges problems in Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.
June 25, 2007 Egypt is hosting a summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's King Abdullah, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The meeting is viewed as an opportunity for regional leaders to show their support of Abbas and his Fatah party after violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas.
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June 25, 2007 An Iraqi court convicted Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," and sentenced him to death by hanging. He is the cousin of Saddam Hussein. Chemical Ali was convicted along with several of Hussein's other associates for helping orchestrate the genocide of Iraqi Kurds in the late 1980s, known as the Anfal campaign.
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June 24, 2007 A bomb apparently targeting a U.N. personnel carrier exploded Sunday by the side of a road in southern Lebanon, killing five peacekeepers, officials said. It was the first time that UNIFIL has come under attack since it was reinforced last summer after the war between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli forces in Lebanon.
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