Palestinians agree to halt attacks
Militant groups have agreed to halt their attacks as they near a final ceasefire deal with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and await Israel's response to their moves, a senior Palestinian official said. Ziad Abu Amr, the Palestinian official who is overseeing the dialogue with the militants, said: "The Palestinian parties have agreed to calm the situation and we are waiting to see if Israel is ready to respond to that and then to hold a truce."Abu Amr spoke to Voice of Palestine radio hours after Abbas said in a TV interview that he was close to sealing a ceasefire deal with the militant groups.
10 hurt as bomb hits Allawi HQ
A suicide driver detonated a car bomb at a guard post outside the Iraqi prime minister's party headquarters in Baghdad, injuring at least 10 people. Al Qaida later claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber set off the blast at a police checkpoint on the road to Ayad Allawi's Iraqi National Accord offices in central Baghdad, shaking the city centre with a thunderous explosion.