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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / January 14, 2008



President Bush's Middle East tour moved on to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Sunday, where he sought to rally friends of the US to confront the danger to global security posed by Iran. He also praised the passage by Iraq's parliament of a bill aimed at returning low-level members of the late Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to government jobs. Bush next is scheduled to visit Dubai and Saudi Arabia to try to win support for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Above, he and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Abu Dhabi's crown prince, admire a falcon.

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Iran's government pledged Sunday to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency that it would help wrap up the investigation into its nuclear activities within four weeks. To the annoyance of Western governments, the probe wasn't completed on schedule last month. But IAEA sources said they don't expect further objections if the extension produces details of programs with possible weapons applications that Iran has sought to keep secret.

About 35,000 people thronged the streets of Georgia's capital Sunday in a new protest against the reelection of President Mikhail Saakashvili.Observers said it fell well short of the 100,000 participants predicted by its organizers, but the latter vowed to stage another Tuesday to demand more broadcast time for their cause. They claim the Jan. 5 vote was rigged and want a runoff between Saakashvili and opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze (seen on a poster held by one of the protesters).

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