Centrist Livni and right-wing candidate Netanyahu were locked in a battle that could take weeks to resolve.
King Albert II rejects Belgium PM's resignation
Belgium's King Albert II is asking three seasoned politicians to help him sort out a deepening split over constitutional reforms that threaten to tear apart the nation of 6.5 million Dutch-speakers and 4 million Francophones.
The Belgian monarch is giving them two weeks to see how politicians from Dutch-speaking Flanders and Francophone Wallonia can begin a “credible dialogue” about more regional autonomy.
He rejected Monday's resignation of the government of Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Friday's appointment of three politicians, two Francophones and the leader of Belgium's tiny German-speaking region, is seen as a desperate bid to force a breakthrough in a dispute that has deadlocked Belgian politics since the June 2007 elections.
Delegate Battles Snarl Democrats in Two States
Democrats in Michigan and Florida struggled Friday to resolve the impasse over their disputed January primaries, coming up with a plan to hold a June primary in Michigan while remaining deadlocked in Florida.
v., snarled, snarl·ing, snarls. v.intr.
- To growl viciously while baring the teeth.
- To speak angrily or threateningly.
To utter with anger or hostility: snarled a retort.n.
- A vicious growl.
- A vicious, hostile utterance.
[Frequentative of obsolete snar, perhaps from Dutch or Low German snarren, to rattle, probably of imitative origin.]
snarl Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
(especially of dogs) to make a deep rough sound while showing the teeth, usually in anger or (of people) to speak or say something angrily and fiercely:
The dogs started to snarl at each other so I had to separate them.
[+ speech] "Go to hell!", he snarled.
snarl Show phonetics
The dog gave a low snarl so I quickly drew my hand back.
"Take your hands off me!" she said with a snarl.
impasse Hide phonetics
a situation in which further development is impossible:
The dispute had reached an impasse, as neither side would compromise.
deadlock Hide phonetics
noun [S or U]
a situation in which agreement in an argument cannot be reached because neither side will change its demands or accept any of the demands of the other side; stalemate:
Somebody will have to compromise if we are to break (= end) the deadlock between the two warring factions.
Once again the talks have ended in deadlock.
Deadlock over wage levels has prevented an agreement being reached.
deadlocked Hide phonetics
The dispute has now been deadlocked for several months.
lock (FIXED) Hide phonetics
to be fixed in one position:
I tried to move forwards but the wheels had locked.
lock Hide phonetics
a way of holding someone that you are fighting against so that they cannot move:
The smaller wrestler held his opponent in a full body lock.