Israeli radio says Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has formally quit the Likud Party he helped found more than 30 years ago.
The report says Mr. Sharon sent a letter to the party chairman today (Monday) saying that he was resigning from Likud and forming a new National Responsibility Party.
Earlier, Mr. Sharon met with President Moshe Katsav and asked him to dissolve parliament and call an early election.
President Bush is heading home from Mongolia after thanking the Asian country for standing with the United States in Iraq.
In a speech to members of Parliament and others at Government House today (Monday), Mr. Bush praised Mongolians for their efforts, and for toppling the former communist government in their country.
He compared the defeat of communism with the global war on terrorism, saying Mongolia stands with the United States as "brothers in the cause of freedom
Thai police say unidentified gunmen have shot and killed three villagers in the southern province of Yala.
The assailants fired shotguns and assault rifles into several houses on a rubber plantation Sunday. Two people were wounded in the attack.
Associated Press quotes police as saying the victims were Buddhist villagers.
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