On the heels of his discredited reelection, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe sat in on an African Union summit Monday, listening to fellow leaders urge that he engage his opponents in talks on a transitional government. His counterparts did not criticize him, as Western leaders had urged, however, and observers said their final communiqué likely would condemn the election violence only in general terms.
Israel's agreement to swap a Lebanese prisoner for the remains of two soldiers gives Hamas an opportunity to raise the stakes in its own exchange with the Jewish state, a senior security official told radio interviewers Monday. Mahmoud Zahar said, "We have to take advantage of this to release our prisoners" in trade for captured Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Israeli Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-Or, who opposed the swap for the dead soldiers, said he believes the price for Shalit's return now will become so high that Israel will have difficulty paying it.