Mideast Crisis: Israel Widens Ground Offensive

Stop Crossing Red Lines, Focus on Peace

By Emad Omar

Many also believed recent democratic and reform dynamics, such as in Lebanon, would help ease tension and promote peace and stability in the region. This, in turn, would decrease extremism, promote humanitarian values and improve relations between East and West. (Dar Al Hayat)

On a Razor's Edge

By Omid Memarian

Despite Iran's strong rhetoric condemning Israel's military onslaught against Lebanon, Tehran, which is accused by the US of supplying weapons to Hezbollah, has become cautious in supporting its most flourishing investment abroad. (Asia Times)

IRAQ NEWS

Violence Kills 63 People Across Iraq

A roadside bomb blew up a bus Tuesday, killing 24 people as violence across Iraq left 63 people dead. Among the dead was a British soldier killed in a mortar attack in the south, while the U.S. military announced that an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb on Monday. (AP)

Democratic Leaders ask Bush to Redeploy Troops in Iraq

Leading Congressional Democrats, after months of division over Iraq, have called on President Bush to begin a phased redeployment of troops by the end of this year, a unified statement signaling they have concluded that the war could hurt Republicans in the midterm elections. (New York Times)

CUBA

Castro Steps Aside After Surgery

Veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro has temporarily handed power to his brother Raul because of illness. (BBC)

AFGHANISTAN

UK Troops Killed in Afghan Ambush Three British soldiers have been killed after a vehicle patrol was ambushed by militants in southern Afghanistan. (BBC)

IRAN NUCLEAR

UN Closer to Sanctions on Iran

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Monday demanding that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing work by the end of August or face the possibility of sanctions. (Chicago Tribune)

Tehran Teeters on the Path to War

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

The United Nations Security Council's new resolution on Iran gives Tehran until the end of August to suspend all uranium-enrichment-related activities or face the prospect of international sanctions, an ultimatum instantly denounced by Iran as illegal and unjustified. This means that Iran now faces a double crisis, given Israel's military onslaught against its strategic ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah. (Asia Times)

GUANTANAMO

New Maximum-Security Jail to Open At Guantanamo Bay

The controversy over the US-run detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is to erupt anew with confirmation by the Pentagon that a new, permanent prison will open in the Cuban enclave in the next few weeks. (Independent Online)

MEXICO ELECTION

Mexican Protesters Take over Capital

Hanging protest banners from sculptures and pitching tents in the middle of Mexico City's historic Reforma Boulevard, supporters of the leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador paralysed the city's financial district yesterday, and refused to leave until they received a ruling on demands for a recount in the presidential election. (Independent Online)

U.K.

Britain Says Faces Terrorist Threat

Britain launched a new security alert system on Tuesday, ranking the terrorist threat to the country as "severe" and saying an attack was highly likely. (Reuters)

Analysis:The Questionable Benefit of Britain's Modified Alert System

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