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Hamas leader sets terms for resumption of dialogue with Abbas

By Xinhua

Gaza : Ismail Haneya, a senior Hamas leader and the deposed Palestinian prime minister, on Saturday set terms for the resumption of dialogue with President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement.

"Stopping all security coordination and cooperation with the occupation forces (Israel) is a condition to resume the dialogue," Haneya told a crowd of pilgrims who had recently returned to Gaza from Saudi Arabia.

Bush warns against Syria, Iran's fuelling violence in Iraq

By Xinhua

Kuwait City : U.S. President George W. Bush warned Saturday against Syria and Iran's fuelling violence in Iraq.

Bush made the warning while speaking to reporters after meetinghis top political and military commanders in Iraq at the U.S. military base of Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

Bush urged that Syria "needs to further reduce the flow of terrorists" and Iran must stop supporting militias that attack U.S.and Iraqi forces.

Meanwhile, Bush promised that his goal of reducing troop numbers in Iraq by July was on track.

Bush: troops withdrawal from Iraq depends on conditions

By Xinhua

Kuwait City : U.S. President George W. Bush said Saturday that the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq has improved security in Iraq embracing "significantly reduced" violence and further troops withdrawal depends on conditions on the ground.

At the U.S. military base of Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, Bush said that no decision has been made on bringing more U.S. troops home from Iraq, according to local media reports.

Bush: U.S. to withdraw 20,000 troops from Iraq by mid-year

·Bush said his country is on track to complete the planned withdrawal of 20,000 troops.

·"Levels of violence are significantly reduced. Hope is returning to Baghdad," Bush said.

·He reaffirmed his stance that reduced force levels will depend on conditions in Iraq.

By Xinhua

Iraq to rehabilitate former Saddam's party members

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Iraq's parliament on Saturday passed a controversial law on reinstatement of former Saddam's Baath Party members to government jobs.

The parliament passed the Accountability and Justice bill to replace the de-Baathification law, which banned Saddam's supporters from participating in the public life in the country after the collapse of Saddam's regime by a U.S.-led coalition in 2003.

Iran calls on IAEA to be more "impartial"

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iran on Saturday urged the UN atomic watchdog to be more "impartial" over the country's disputed nuclear program, during meetings with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The role of ElBaradei in resolving Iran's nuclear case was "constructive," Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was quoted as saying.

Iran urges nuclear dossier to be returned to IAEA

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Saturday urged the country's disputed nuclear case to be returned from the UN Security Council to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), pledging not to give in to the U.S. pressure, the state television reported.

"There's no reason for Iran's nuclear case to stay in the Security Council," the IAEA should handle it by itself, Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all Iranian matters, was quoted as telling IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

Bangladesh polls by December


Dhaka : The military backed interim government in Bangladesh declared Saturday that a general election will be held before the end of the current year to restore parliamentary rule in the country.

The announcement of the national polls was made by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed during a televised address to the nation.

Ahmed, however, discounted prospects of advancing the polls to June/July as demanded by major political parties to tackle the uncertainty facing the country.

US alarmed by Al Qaeda's growth in Pakistan


Washington : The US government is "extremely concerned" about the emergence of Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but will not act without a nod from the Pakistani government.

"There are concerns now about how much Al Qaeda turned inward, literally, inside Pakistan, as well as the kind of planning, training, financing and support that the worldwide effort is," Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters here Friday.

Expressing Pentagon's extreme concern over the development, he said: "I think continued pressure there will have to be brought".

Ahmadinejad urges IAEA not to be swayed by world powers


Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the United Nations nuclear watchdog to fulfil its responsibility and not be influenced by world powers in the nuclear dispute, IRNA news agency reported.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should not be influenced by pressures of world powers and fulfil its responsibilities fairly and based on legal criteria," Ahmadinejad told visiting IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei in Tehran.

"We only acknowledge the IAEA as reference in the nuclear issue but this does not hinder negotiations with other countries," he added.