- - Thursday, July 21, 2011


Netanyahu uses Arab TV in call for peace

JERUSALEM | Israel’s prime minister turned to the Arabic media Thursday in an attempt to lure the Palestinians back to peace talks.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s interview with Al-Arabiya TV, set to be broadcast Thursday night, reflects Israeli jitters ahead of a Palestinian plan to seek U.N. recognition of independence this fall.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office said it also reflects the significance he attributes to Arab public opinion and the sincerity of his peace overtures.

The interview marks the first time Mr. Netanyahu has sat down with an Arabic media outlet since he took office two years ago, though he has fielded questions from Arabs before on YouTube.

In the interview, Mr. Netanyahu says he is willing to negotiate anywhere and with anyone who accepts Israel’s right to exist.


Leftist leader picks moderates for Cabinet

LIMA | President-elect Ollanta Humala picked more moderates for his Cabinet on Thursday as he tries to reassure investors he will govern as a centrist in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

The appointments burnish the pragmatic image Mr. Humala sought to project during the campaign, in which he convinced many voters he had shed his radical past and strident opposition to foreign investment, private capital and free trade.

“We are building a government of national unity,” Mr. Humala said.

The former army officer, who takes office July 28, has vowed to do more to quell vexing social conflicts over natural resources that pit big mining and oil firms against poor rural towns left behind by a decade-long economic boom.

Mr. Humala, whose core base of support is in remote provinces, says a weak state, which only takes in tax revenues of about 15 percent of gross domestic product, must become more muscular and focus more funding on social programs to lift up the one-third of Peruvians mired in poverty.


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