Peace during Obama presidency possible: Palestinian minister

A visiting Palestinian minister has said that his people are hopeful that a Palestinian state will be declared during the presidency of Barack Obama, but they are wary of Israel's attitude to peace.

"We are hopeful. Insha Allah (God willing), we will soon see a declaration of a Palestinian state," Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Sheikh Jamal Bawatna said in an interview with The Sunday Times. On Friday, he declared open the Yasser Arafat mosque, built with Palestinian funds, in Beruwala, delivered the sermon and conducted the prayers. Excerpts from the interview:

Slumdog Millionaire, Ledger lead Oscars betting

Rags-to-riches drama "Slumdog Millionaire" is the strongest best picture favorite in years while late actor Heath Ledger is all but guaranteed to win a posthumous Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards, bookmakers and pundits said Friday.

With less than 48 hours to go until Sunday's show at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, India-set feel-good movie "Slumdog" is the overwhelming favorite according to bookmakers William Hill, which have priced the film at 1/10.

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