Obama campaign in high gear
SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday night it's going to take more than one term for his administration to finish everything it needs to do.
The president told a Democratic National Committee event in San Francisco that running for re-election is about doing what needs to be done for the American people.
"I'm reminded almost every night, when I read letters from people all across the county (who) talk about what it's like to send out 16 resumes and not get a response back," the president said. "It's heartbreaking."
Obama said the United States has to "outbuild," "out-educate" and "out-innovate" the rest of the world.
"We've made great progress over these few years," he said. "But that progress can't make us complacent. It should remind us that change, yes, is possible, but we've got to finish what we started."
In addition to his address to the DNC event the president attended a fundraising dinner at the home of Marc Benihoff, chief executive officer of Salesforce.com.
Court orders removal of Mubarak photos
CAIRO, April 21 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court ordered the immediate removal of all photos and images of deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his wife from streets, squares and institutions.
The Cairo court ruling claimed that the Egyptian people are now aware of the former president's corruption and stressed the importance of ridding the country of images of Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, that symbolized his autocratic 30-year rule, Ahram Online said Thursday.
Meanwhile, al-Masry al-Youm reported that the administration at the International Hospital in Sharm el-Sheik where Mubarak is hospitalized has been ordered not to release the ailing president.
Due to his fragile mental state and health concerns it was decided that he remain in the hospital rather than be transferred to Cairo, the Egyptian daily said.
Mubarak suffered from chest pains on Wednesday and was said to be in a poor psychological state due to the second round of questioning he is expected to undergo.
The newspaper said hospital staff caring for the former president complained that they are required to carry special passes to be shown when entering or leaving the hospital and claimed that some members of the staff were punished for allegedly leaking information concerning Mubarak.
Bomb kills at least two police officers
KABUL, Afghanistan, April 21 (UPI) -- At least two police officers died in a Taliban attack in eastern Afghanistan Thursday when a police vehicle exploded, injuring civilians, officials said.
The bombing in Nangarhar province was preceded by several raids by Afghan and coalition forces looking for Taliban and al-Qaida leaders, CNN and the International Security Assistance Force reported.
It was unclear how many people were killed in Thursday's incident. One source said three died, while another reported two deaths. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In the most violent action in recent days, combined Afghan and coalition security forces Wednesday killed 17 insurgents while searching for a senior al-Qaida leader in the Dangam district of Kunar province.
The ISAF said a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and several associates during a security operation in Kandahar province.
In Helmand province, combined forces destroyed a drug cache and detained several suspected insurgents, including one with suspected ties to the Kabul Taliban.
In eastern Afghanistan's Khost province, combined security forces detained several insurgents suspected of being associated with al-Qaida.
Former diplomat warns of Palestinian state
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations will declare a Palestinian state in September if no breakthrough occurs between Israel and the Palestinians, a former U.S. diplomat said.
"If there isn't anything else, then in September there will be a vote in the United Nations that will recognize a Palestinian state, just like the U.N. recognized Israel in 1948," Martin Indyk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel told Army Radio on Thursday.
He warned that even if Washington votes against such a move it won't be able to stop it.
If a Palestinian state is declared, Israel could be considered an occupier of a U.N.-member country, which would be an uncomfortable situation for Israel, Indyk told the radio.
"Tactically, it is very easy for the Palestinians to go to the U.N. -- it doesn't cost them anything, and it puts pressure on Israel. As a strategy, Israel needs to think about the day after the vote," he declared.
Indyk currently serves as vice president of the Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he believes the U.S. administration will support a U.N. decision to declare Palestinian statehood, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency said.
Prior to his departure for Paris, the Palestinian president said it would be disappointing if the U.N. fails to declare statehood particularly after it recognized southern Sudan as a state, the agency quoted him saying.
Report: Netanyahu supported striking Iran
JERUSALEM, April 21 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was willing to join former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government if Israel initiated an attack on Iran, a report says.
The details of Netanyahu's stand appeared in a confidential cable sent by Marc J. Sievers, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, to the State Department in Washington in June 2007, a report released by WikiLeaks exclusively to Haaretz said.
The cable also dealt with the various options related to the forming of a new government and the possibility of forming a national unity government under Olmert's rule, the newspaper said.
At the time, Netanyahu was reportedly willing to accept the post of foreign minister in the event of a military strike on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It was the second time Netanyahu said he was willing to support an Israeli prime minister in the event an attack was launched on Iran, the newspaper said noting that in December 2005, when then prime minister Ariel Sharon formed the Kadima party, Netanyahu said he would support him if he acted against Iran before the elections.
An additional document handed over by WikiLeaks to the Hebrew daily revealed concern by the United States about the Chinese company Zibo Chemet supplying vital equipment to Iran's chemical weapons program.
A cable drawn up by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 instructed the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to take action against the Chinese company, Haaretz said.
"We have new information indicating that Zibo Chemet transferred technology for the production of glass-lined reactor equipment to Iranian customers, significantly enhancing Iran's ability to produce indigenously chemical equipment suitable for a chemical warfare program," Haaretz quoted the cable saying.