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6/6/06 World News in Lao: Iran to Review Nuclear Incentives Package Presented by EU's Solana


Iran Nuclear:

Iran says it will review proposals presented by the European Union's foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana, aimed at persuading Iran to stop enriching uranium. Speaking to reporters in Tehran Tuesday after two hours of talks with the visiting E.U. official, Iran's nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said the proposals contain some "positive steps" but also "ambiguities." He did not elaborate.

Israel-Palestinians: Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas is giving faction leaders more time to agree on a unified Palestinian peace plan that will recognize Israel's right to exist as a state. The officials say Mr. Abbas decided to allow several more days for discussion of the statehood plan after the Palestine Liberation Organization leadership approved the proposal today (Tuesday). The P.L.O. executive committee authorized Mr. Abbas to call a national referendum even if the militant group Hamas, which now controls the Palestinians government, does not endorse the statehood proposal.

Rumsfeld-Indonesia: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other senior officials in Jakarta today (Tuesday) for talks on strengthening military ties. Washington broke off military contacts with Jakarta in 1999, following accusations that Indonesian officers committed human-rights abuses in East Timor. Late last year, however, the United States partially restored military assistance to Indonesia.

US-Human Trafficking: The U.S. State Department has released its 2006 report on human trafficking, accusing 12 countries of failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade. Three of the 12 countries classified as the worst offenders are in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria), four are in Asia (North Korea, Laos, Burma, Uzbekistan), two are in Africa (Sudan, Zimbabwe) and three are in Latin America (Belize, Cuba, Venezuela).

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