- - Sunday, July 3, 2011


Gaza-bound flotilla plots next move

ATHENS — Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla said Sunday they have not abandoned their plans, despite a Greek government ruling that bars vessels from leaving Greek ports for the Palestinian territory.

The campaign to breach Israel’s sea blockade of Gaza suffered a major setback when Greece announced its restrictions on Friday, and authorities arrested the captain of a boat carrying American activists that tried to leave Greece without permission.

However, organizers of the flotilla were trying to maintain momentum with planned protests in Athens in the face of increasing calls for them to scrap their campaign.

On Saturday, the Middle East Quartet of Mideast mediators — the U.S., U.N., EU and Russia — urged governments to discourage Gaza-bound flotillas that could escalate tension in the region.

Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 to stop weapons reaching Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza.


Ex-rebels warn of conflict over South Kordofan

KHARTOUM — The northern branch of the ex-rebel Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army warned on Sunday that the conflict in South Kordofan could deteriorate into widespread war unless Khartoum agrees to a cease-fire.

“There are some voices in Khartoum that are against this framework agreement [signed on Tuesday]. Those voices are playing with fire,” said Yasser Arman, secretary-general of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement.

“The only alternative to this agreement is a war from the Blue Nile to Darfur. We don’t want that,” he said. 


Poll: PRI scores big wins in three governors races

TOLUCA Voters in Mexico’s most populous state chose their next governor Sunday in a widely watched election that is expected to set the tone for next year’s presidential race.

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