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World 12 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

ElBaradei meets Iran leaders on atom cooperation

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog met Iranian leaders on Saturday to push for swifter cooperation in resolving questions about Tehran's atomic activity, which the West fears will be used to make bombs.

World 12 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Hormuz incident shows Iran a threat-top US officer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A tense encounter between U.S. Navy ships and Iranian boats in the Gulf shows Iran poses a threat and the United States is ready to counter it, the top U.S. military officer said on Friday.

World 12 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Japan cabinet rating rises despite Afghan law - poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's government has risen over the past month, though nearly half of respondents said the passage of a law to restart an Afghan naval mission was inappropriate, a poll showed on Saturday.

World 12 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Iran says atom cooperation to prove West wrong

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran told the visiting head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog that Tehran's cooperation in clarifying the scope of its atomic work will show the West is wrong in accusing the Islamic state of having military aims.

World 11 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

China's front line appears to brush off Taiwan polls

XIAMEN, China (Reuters) - Just over a decade ago, China lobbed missiles into waters near Taiwan in an attempt to influence the island's presidential election. Troops were mobilised and fighter jets readied.

World 11 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Bush pays homage in Jerusalem to Holocaust victims

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush paid homage to Holocaust victims before a biblical tour on Friday that will wrap up a Holy Land visit in which he urged Israelis and Palestinians to get serious about peace efforts.

World 11 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Bush to visit biblical site on peacemaking tour

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush visits the Church of the Beatitudes on the shore of the Sea of Galilee on Friday during a Holy Land visit aimed at breathing life into Middle East peace talks.

World 11 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Romney attacks McCain at U.S. Republican debate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attempted to slow the momentum of rival John McCain on Thursday in a high-stakes debate that focused on the faltering U.S. economy.

World 11 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

U.S. sends formal protest to Iran over incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sent a formal protest to Iran on Thursday over an incident in which Iranian speedboats aggressively approached U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the State Department said.

World 10 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

U.N. watchdog chief seeks nuclear clarity in Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief headed for Iran on Thursday to push for full transparency over its past and present atomic activity after U.S.-Iranian tensions were heightened by a naval incident in the Gulf.