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Sending his strongest signal yet that Israel may use military force against Iran, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told parliament Monday that he rules out "no options" to keep the Islamic republic from adding nuclear weapons to its arsenal. Analysts said the prime minister's words were meant to "increase the urgency to find a diplomatic solution [and to make sure] that the international community stays alert to the Iranian nuclear issue."

Traders bid up the price of an ounce of gold to a new record Monday: $915.90. The precious metal later settled back to $908.15 as investors hedged against the potential of a recession and another lowering of federal interest rates in the US. At the same time, platinum reached a record $1,578 an ounce on the London exchange, and silver closed at its highest price in 27 years: $16.55. Below, a jewelry store clerk in Hong Kong pulls a gold necklace from a display case to show to a customer.

The Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for a bold early-evening assault on the leading luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed at least two people and wounded several others. Reports said one militant detonated an explosive vest while three others threw hand grenades or fired AK-47 rifles before fleeing. Norway's foreign minister was staying at the hotel but was not among the casualties.


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