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5/15/2006 World News: Palestinian President Abbas Urges Hamas To Renounce Violence


Palestinians-Israel: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the ruling Hamas movement to renounce violence and respect peace deals with Israel, while also warning Israel that taking a unilateral approach to peace-making would fuel extremism.
Mr. Abbas made his comments in a recorded speech broadcast today (Monday) marking the anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel - a day Palestinians call ("Nakba," or) "the great catastrophe."
He says Palestinians should not be satisfied with fiery speeches and slogans that could bring international isolation. The Palestinian leader said such rhetoric reinforces Israel's contention that there is no Palestinian partner in peace efforts.

Iran Nuclear: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana says the EU will offer Iran generous incentives to convince Tehran to give up its nuclear program.
Arriving in Brussels today (Monday) for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss Iran, Solana said the "bold package" will cover issues relating to nuclear, economic and - possibly - security matters.
He did not offer details of the package, which is expected to include promises to help Iran develop a civilian nuclear program.

Iraq: The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants for crimes against humanity resumed today (Monday) in Baghdad after a three-week break.
Saddam appeared alone in the dock as the chief judge formally charged him with murder, torture and illegal arrest in a crackdown against Shi'ites in the 1980s. Saddam refused to enter a plea when asked if he were guilty or not, accusing the court of reading the charges for public consumption.
During the last few sessions, prosecutors presented witnesses and documentary evidence linking the defendants to the 1982 murder of 148 Shi'ites from the village of Dujail.

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