President Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, joined Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a surprise visit to Baghdad today (Wednesday) to show American support for Iraq's new leadership. Rice flew into the Iraqi capital from Turkey (her most recent stop on a European tour this week), arriving just hours after Rumsfeld landed for previously unannounced meetings with Prime Minister designate Jawad al-Maliki and other senior Iraqi officials.
Iran-Nuclear: Iran's supreme leader has warned that American interests around the
world will be harmed if the United States launches an attack on the Islamic Republic. Iran's state television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying the Americans should know that if they invade Iran, their interests in every possible corner of the world will be harmed.
Nepal: The United States has welcomed a decision by Nepal's King Gyanendra to reinstate parliament following three weeks of anti-government protests. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Richard Boucher said Tuesday Washington will work closely with India and other governments to support democratic renewal in Nepal. Boucher also says the U.S. wants to have a normal relationship with Nepal's new government.
Thailand: Thailand's top judges will meet Friday to try to
resolve the nation's political crisis, following calls from King Bhumipol Adulyadej to intervene. A court spokesman said today (Wednesday) that senior judges from the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Administrative Court will consider nullifying this month's elections. In a rare public statement Tuesday, the king said it was the court's job to ensure democracy survived. He also criticized Sunday's second-round vote, saying a single party election is not democracy.
Mideast:The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, is calling for an international conference on Middle East peace, and he says this should include direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
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