WEST BANK / Report: Border talks coming
An Israeli TV station has disclosed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to negotiate a border with a Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 cease-fire lines that mark off the West Bank. A senior Israeli official said Monday he would not deny the report. The report said Netanyahu has reversed his position and agrees to use the cease-fire line as a basis, while trading territory with the Palestinians to allow Israel to keep its main West Bank settlements, in line with a proposal by President Barack Obama. The announcement came as Palestinian officials approved a plan to begin mass marches against Israel's occupation of the West Bank on Sept. 20, the eve of a largely symbolic UN vote expected to recognize their independence. Palestinian official Yasser Abed Rabbo says leaders hope to draw millions of people into the streets, and say the day will be the beginning of prolonged peaceful rallies.
AFGHANISTAN / Fatal guesthouse attack
Afghan police say at least three people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a guesthouse frequented by foreigners in northern Afghanistan, which has seen a rise in insurgent attacks. Mubobullah Sayedi, a spokesman for the governor of Kunduz province, said that shortly after dawn Tuesday, a suicide attacker blew himself up outside the two-story inn. Three guards working at the guesthouse in the city of Kunduz were killed and 10 other people were wounded. Sayedi says foreigners staying at the guesthouse escaped through the rear of the building.
EGYPT / Police chase off protesters
Egyptian forces swinging electrified batons swiftly chased off dozens of activists Monday who had refused to end four weeks of renewed protests at Tahrir Square to pressure the country's transitional military rulers. With ousted President Hosni Mubarak's trial on charges he ordered the killing of protesters due to start Wednesday, the ruling military council appeared to run out of patience with the protesters.