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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jewish support for Obama flat/Qadhafi ready to deal/Strauss-Kahn charges to be dropped/Pakistan behind reporter's death

Russian paper: Qadhafi ready to deal

Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi is ready to give up power in exchange for a security guarantee, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday.

The daily Kommersant quoted a “high-level” source saying Qadhafi, the world’s longest-serving dictator, would be willing to relinquish control to his son, a compromise not likely to be acceptable to the NATO-backed rebels who are seeking to remove the family from power.
Administration believes Pakistan behind reporter's death

In another possible blow to U.S.-Pakistan relations after the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama administration officials believe that the country’s intelligence service ordered the “barbaric and unacceptable” killing of a journalist who had written about ties between the country’s military and Al Qaeda militants, according to a report Tuesday.

Intelligence surrounding the late May killing of Pakistani reporter Saleem Shahzad, 40, suggests that senior officials at Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence ordered the murder to silence his criticism, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing two senior US administration officials.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges to be dropped

New York prosecutors will drop all charges against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn within the next couple of weeks as doubts about the credibility of his accuser persist, according to a report Tuesday.

The expected dismissal of the sex assault charges by the New York district attorney is “a certainty,” an investigator told the New York Post. “We all know this case is not sustainable,” the source said.

Poll: Jewish support for Obama flat

President Barack Obama’s recent controversial speech proposing that Israel’s 1967 borders should be the basis for peace talks had virtually no impact on his standing in the Jewish community, a new poll Tuesday found.

The Gallup survey also showed that while Obama’s approval rating has declined slightly among Jews this year, that dip essentially mirrors the president’s slipping rating among all voters.

“Gallup’s monthly trend in Jewish approval of Obama continues to roughly follow the path of all Americans’ approval of the president, more generally, as it has since Obama took office in January 2009,” Gallup said.

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