Issuing his strongest hint yet that Israel might target Hamas's political leaders for assassination, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned that no "special consideration" would be given to anyone after the latest cross-border rocket attacks. Two Israeli children were wounded seriously when a rocket fell on the town of Sderot Saturday. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told reporters that there was "no hope" for peace with the Palestinians as long as rocket fire from Gaza continued. Hamas also has claimed responsibility for a terrorist bomb attack last week that killed one Israeli. Above, an Israeli carrying part of a spent rocket leads an anti-Hamas protest in Jerusalem Sunday.Skip to next paragraph
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga of Kenya said Sunday he was "prepared" for a political solution to the postelection violence that has wracked the nation for weeks. But he also told reporters he would not "betray our supporters" in talks being mediated by ex-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. On Saturday, Odinga said he wouldn't compromise in his demand that President Mwai Kibaki resign. Two days earlier, however, he maintained that Kibaki's resignation was not essential.
The unilateral declaration of independence for Kosovo will be made next Sunday, senior Serbian officials said they've learned. But they vowed, "We are immediately going to cancel this decision." Hashim Thaci, the ethnic-Albanian premier of the breakaway province, would not confirm the timing but said, "It is a done [deal]; everybody knows it."
Saying, "The time has come to change from military rule to democratic civilian rule," Burma's junta scheduled a referendum in May on the proposed new Constitution. It also promised to hold a multiparty election in 2010. But critics of the junta and the opposition National League for Democracy reacted cautiously, calling the announcement "vague and strange" and noting that the new charter still isn't finished despite a drafting process that has taken 15 years.