Kurd: Deal may be closer to ending political deadlock
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi political leaders took a step closer Friday to unsnarling the nations seven-month political gridlock, according to a key Kurdish negotiator who cited a tentative deal that would keep Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in power.
The possible agreement with Kurdish parties would give al-Malikis Shiite-led coalition enough parliament seats to begin the potentially thorny process of picking a Cabinet.
But any such pact is sure to anger Iraqs minority Sunni Arabs who face being alienated in the new government despite backing the winning political alliance in March parliamentary elections.
In exchange for their support, the Kurdish envoy said al-Maliki has promised to push ahead on an issue that is the Kurds top priority laying the groundwork for helping Kurdish people legally reclaim lands they were pushed out of during Saddam Husseins brutal Arabization campaign of the 1980s.
Governor, 19 others killed in rising violence in north
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A powerful bomb killed an outspoken Afghan governor and 19 other worshippers in a crowded mosque Friday in northern Afghanistan, where insurgents are trying to expand their influence beyond the embattled south.
A wounded survivor said he believed a suicide bomber praying to the right of the governor carried out the attack, which wounded 35 people and took place in Taluqan, the capital of Takhar province.
The death of Mohammad Omar, the governor of neighboring Kunduz province, came just days after he publicly warned of escalating threats from Taliban and foreign fighters across the north. If steps arent taken to counter them, Afghan and coalition forces will face disaster, he said.
During visit, Donald Trump hints about U.S. presidency
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Donald Trump used a trip to Scotland on Friday to give his strongest hint yet that he may run for U.S. president in 2012.
After picking up an honorary degree from a Scottish university, the American property tycoon told journalists his country needs better leadership and he might run against President Barack Obama.
A lot of people have asked me to do it, and until recently, I would have no interest, he said.
Trump said Obama was having a very hard time.
I think he would be the first to admit that things have not been easy for him. The U.S. is a great country, and its not doing as well as it should. It could be doing much better, and I think, with proper leadership, it would do unbelievably well, Trump said.
Trump received an honorary doctorate in business from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, despite protests from local residents who claim his massive $1.2 billion golf resort development could force them out of their homes.
Toxicity of red sludge flow drops in Danube River
KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) The concentration of toxic heavy metals where Hungarys massive red sludge spill entered the Danube has dropped to the level allowed in drinking water, authorities said Friday, easing fears that Europes second-longest river would be significantly polluted.
Mondays reservoir break at an alumina plant dumped as much as 184 million gallons of sludge onto three villages, government officials said, not much less in a few hours than the 200 million gallons the blown-out BP oil well gushed into the Gulf of Mexico over several months.