Senate panel rejects Bush's Iraq troop plan
Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:48pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee on Wednesday rejected President George W. Bush's plan to add troops in Iraq, sending the measure to the full Senate for a vote expected next week.
On a bipartisan vote of 12-9, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution expressing clear disapproval of Bush's Iraq policy, a day after he asked Congress to give it more time to work. The vote is nonbinding, but supporters hope it will convince the president to reconsider.
In his State of the Union address to a defiant Congress on Tuesday, Bush insisted it was not too late to shape the outcome in Iraq with a new strategy. "I ask you to give it a chance to work," Bush said in the speech, the first time he faced a House of Representatives and Senate both controlled by Democrats.
Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the committee's chairman, said the resolution was "not an attempt to embarrass the president. ... It is an attempt to save the president from making a significant mistake with regard to our policy in Iraq."
N Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing
By Con Coughlin
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North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.
Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their successful test last October with Teheran's nuclear scientists.
Ahmadinejad: Be assured that the US and Israel will soon end lives
Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria's foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a report. Iran's official FARS news agency also reported the comments.
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.
"Sparking discord among Muslims, especially between the Shiites and Sunnis, is a plot hatched by the Zionists and the US for dominating regional nations and looting their resources," Ahmadinejad added, according to the report.