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Saakashvili names new prime minister

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November 17, 2007

TIBILISI - Following mass protests that triggered a crisis in the former Soviet state, President Mikhail Saakashvili yesterday appointed a new prime minister who promised he would listen to the people. Saakashvili lifted a state of emergency imposed after police broke up the protests. He said he had chosen the chairman of the Bank of Georgia, Lado Gurgenidze, to replace Zurab Nogaideli as prime minister. (AP)

UNITED STATES

Meeting canceled on Iran sanctions
China has refused for now to meet with top diplomats from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany regarding Iran's nuclear program, forcing cancellation of a crucial meeting to debate new UN sanctions, diplomats said yesterday. The meeting was to be held the week after Thanksgiving. The Bush administration has been pressing the UN to act because Iran has not suspended uranium enrichment. (Washington Post)

TURKEY

Officials move to ban pro-Kurd party
ANKARA - Authorities yesterday took steps to ban the country's leading pro-Kurdish political party and expel several of its lawmakers from parliament on charges of separatism. The Democratic Society Party, which holds 20 seats in parliament, has called for autonomy for Kurds living in the country's southeast. (AP)

FRANCE

Unions split over continuing strike
PARIS - French unions split yesterday over whether to pursue a strike that has hobbled transport nationwide, with some voting to keep the walkout going through the weekend. Nearly 68 percent of employees for the national rail network went back to work, up from 38.5 percent on Wednesday, the first full day of the strike. President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed curtailing pension benefits of many workers. (AP)

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