Israel must give up virtually all of the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem if it wants peace with the Palestinians, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published Monday. He also told the Yediot Ahranot newspaper that peace with Syria would require a withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Olmert, who has held frequent peace talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said Israel could not hope to control the 200,000-odd Palestinians who live in eastern Jerusalem. The significance of his views was unclear, however, because he'll soon turn over peace negotiations to Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni.Skip to next paragraph
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Another car bomb exploded in northern Lebanon Monday, killing at least four soldiers and a civilian and wounding 25 others. The victims were aboard a passing bus as the blast went off, spraying the target with ball bearings. The explosion in Tripoli, Lebanon's second-largest city, was the second of its type in less than two months. The Tripoli region is a known haven for Sunni Muslim militants.
Not one of the 70 opposition party candidates won a seat in parliament in Sunday's election in Belarus, and foreign poll monitors said the voting did not live up to international democratic standards. Opposition leaders called on the US and the European Union not to recognize the results. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which sends observer missions to countries holding elections, said, "Promises to ensure the transparency of the vote count were not implemented."