Israel agreed Sunday to begin releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen tax funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a gesture to bolster the moderate Palestinian leader in his standoff against the Islamic militant group Hamas. The decision came a day before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert heads to Egypt for a high-profile summit with Abbas, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Jordanian King Abdullah II.
Britain: Labor Party changes hands
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday handed over leadership of the Labor Party to his finance minister, Gordon Brown, who pledged that Britain would “meet our international obligations” in Afghanistan and the Middle East but called for going beyond military solutions to combating terrorism. Blair will formally step down as prime minister Wednesday, and Brown will hold the position at least until the next general election, which must be held by 2010.
Romania: Bear kills U.S. tourist
A bear attacked a group of U.S. tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian Mountains, mauling a 31-year-old woman to death and injuring two other people, authorities said Sunday. Officials did not immediately disclose the victims’ identities or hometowns. Authorities are searching for the bear to euthanize it.
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