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It is "totally abhorrent" for Iran's leaders to call for Israel to be destroyed, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain said Monday. Addressing Israel's parliament, he said his government and the US would remain at the forefront of efforts to stop the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons. Informed sources said the US and Britain would give Iran two weeks to halt the enriching of uranium or be hit with a new set of sanctions.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe, or his representative, were to sign a memorandum of understanding Monday committing themselves to negotiate a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe. But skeptics noted that the agreement only covers the framework for the talks and that Tsvangirai still is insisting that certain demands be met before the discussions can begin.

Military planners in Russia are discussing a strategy under which strategic warplanes would be deployed in Cuba if the US proceeds with its proposed missile defense shield, the Izvestiya newspaper reported. Citing a "highly placed source," it said the planes under consideration are the TU-95 and TU-160 bombers. The latter is supersonic and carries nuclear weapons. In Poland, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday that his government and the US are "drawing closer" to an agreement on siting missile interceptors on Polish soil.


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