The goal of a peace accord with the Palestinian Authority by year's end won't be met, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday. He and authority President Mahmoud Abbas set the target last November. But Olmert said conflicting claims to Jerusalem would prevent a treaty because "there is no practical chance of reaching an overall understanding" on the city's status. Differences on other issues, such as the right of return of Palestinian refugees, are not as wide, he said.
At least 57 people were killed and almost 300 others were wounded Monday in some of Iraq's worst violence in months. Four separate suicide bombings were blamed on women – three in the midst of a procession of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad. The fourth came in the northern city of Kirkuk as local Kurds were protesting unpopular elections legislation.
Terrorists used a small explosion to draw a crowd to a public square in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday night, then detonated a more powerful bomb that killed 17 people. Another 150 were hurt, reports said. Officials blamed Kurdish separatists, suggesting the attack was in revenge for air raids on rebel camps in northern Iraq. But there was no claim of responsibility, and the rebels denied involvement.