Tuesday, November 28, 2006

National and International News-Tuesday, Nov. 28th

RIGA, Latvia (AP) - President Bush has arrived in Latvia for a NATO summit focusing largely on Afghanistan -- but he's looking ahead to meetings later this week with Iraq's prime minister. Bush says he'll ask Nouri al-Maliki to explain his plan for quelling the violence in his country.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iraq's president has met in Iran with that country's supreme leader -- who's quoted as promising to do what he can to ease the violence there. But Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also accusing the U-S of destabilizing Iraq through what he calls hired "terrorists" and former members of Saddam's regime.

RIGA, Latvia (AP) - Even though the Taliban insurgency is suddenly stronger in Afghanistan, and casualties are rising, NATO's leader is calling on alliance members to stand firm there. On the eve of the two-day summit in Latvia, the secretary-general today insisted the alliance will prevail in Afghanistan.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Pope Benedict is talking about "brotherhood" between Christians and Muslims, as he starts a visit to Turkey. It's his first visit as Pope to a mostly-Muslim country. He told reporters on the flight to Ankara that he wants to see "understanding" and reconciliation." He angered Muslims with a speech in September seen as criticism of Islam.

ATLANTA (AP) - Mourners are gathering in Atlanta today for the funeral of an elderly woman who, police say, opened fire on narcotics officers as they raided her home. The officers returned fire, killing the woman. Police say the F-B-I will lead an investigation into the shooting. They say an informant told officers he had bought drugs at the home earlier.


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