President-elect Barack Obama has said that the Middle East will be a top foreign policy priority, but the task of negotiating a cease-fire to the current burst of Gaza fighting still falls to the Bush administration. Analysts examine the U.S.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili signed a cease-fire deal with Russia Friday, while asserting that Georgia would "never, ever surrender" to Moscow. Experts discuss Saakashvili's role in the regional conflict.
By PBS NewsHour
Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Friday that he has extended a cease-fire order to his Shiite militia in Iraq for another six months, allowing the country more time to recover from brutal sectarian violence.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Tuesday announced he would unilaterally move to enforce a cease-fire in the troubled West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli government responded by suspending all military action in the region.
President Clinton asks both sides to undertake a cease-fire and condemn all acts of violence immediately.
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