Israel says it has pulled its remaining troops from Lebanon under a U.N. resolution that ended the Jewish state's war with Hezbollah. Israeli officials say the last military units returned home early today (Sunday). On Saturday, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz gave the okay for the several hundred remaining troops to leave Lebanon by the start of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur this (Sunday) evening.
Iraq: Baghdad has returned to normal following a
curfew that shut the Iraqi capital down for more than a day. The curfew was lifted at six this (Sunday) morning, local time. Witnesses say traffic resumed on Baghdad's busy streets as shops and businesses re-opened for the start of the work week. There was no official explanation for the curfew, which was quickly put in place late Friday, and kept the streets empty Saturday. The Iraqi government action coincided with Friday's capture of a suspected al-Qaida terrorist believed to be planning attacks in the capital.
Israel-Palestinians: Israel's army chief says the military is considering a broader ground offensive in the Gaza Strip to try to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets into Israel. General Dan Halutz told Israel Radio today (Sunday) the military is discussing the possibility of what he called a "deeper, more on-going ground offensive" in Gaza.
Thailand Pol: The leaders of Thailand's military coup have sworn-in a retired
army chief as the country's new prime minister. General Surayud Chulanont took the oath of office this (Sunday) evening in Bangkok. He replaces Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted last month. Earlier today (Sunday), the military announced that Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has endorsed its interim constitution. The document says the military leaders will remain in place, and be known as the Council for National Security. The constitution authorizes these leaders to appoint and remove the prime minister and Cabinet members of the incoming government.
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