Thursday, July 31, 2008


* Olmert: I'll resign after Kadima primary Prime Minister Ehud Olmert intends to hand his resignation letter to President Shimon Peres the day after the September 17 Kadima primary.

* Snap poll call as Olmert departs Israeli right-wing opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has called for snap elections, after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would stand down.

* Arab media: Peace process suspended in light of Olmert's announcement "Israel and the peace process are awaiting the post-Ehud Olmert era,".

* Turkey's ruling party escapes ban Turkey's Constitutional Court has decided not to ban the ruling AK Party, accused of undermining the country's secular system.

* Gaza summer camps teach kids to fire rockets In the Gaza Strip, as in Israel, children are currently in the midst of summer vacation, and the Hamas and Islamic Jihad's "summer camps" are in full gear.

* Iraqis squeeze rebel stronghold Iraqi security forces backed by US troops are pressing ahead with a major offensive in Diyala province, an insurgency stronghold north of Baghdad.

* US tells Israel military option still on table with Iran The United States has told Israel a military strike on Iran was still on the table.

* 'PM will try for peace deal with Palestinians before end of term' An official close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the prime minister will keep working towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians until he leaves office.

* Ireland mulls autumn 2009 Lisbon revote The Irish government is considering calling a second Lisbon treaty referendum in autumn 2009.

* Hamas threatens PA officials in W. Bank Palestinian Authority security forces were put on high alert Wednesday following threats by Hamas against its senior officials.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


* Barak: U.S. to provide Israel with defense systems against Iran strike The United States will soon link Israel up to two advanced missile detection systems as a precaution against any future attack by a nuclear-armed Iran.

* PMO denies report on 'promises' to Syria The Prime Minister's Office denied a report on Army Radio Wednesday which claimed that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised Damascus that Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights.

* Iran Leader Adamant on Nuclear Issue Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, said on Wednesday that it would “continue with its path” of nuclear work.

* Business favours Blair as EU president European businesses would choose the UK's ex-leader, Tony Blair, as the new EU president, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourg's prime minister.

* Chabad Temple seminar rankles Islamists A brief course offered by the Chabad Hassidim about the Temple endangers the Aksa Mosque.

* Hamas Warns of Revolt against PA Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Tuesday that the Fatah crackdown on the rival Hamas terrorist party in Judea and Samaria could spark a revolt.

* Ahmadinejad vows allegiance to Syria Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met on Tuesday evening with visiting Syrian Foreign Affairs Minister, Walid al-Muallem.

* EU 'heart-broken' over trade talks collapse Global trade talks have collapsed as divisions between the US and India over emergency protections for poor farmers proved insurmountable.

* Turkish court to rule on governing party's fate Turkey's democracy and European ambitions face a pivotal test this week.

* Olmert to decide on his future 'very soon' Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has less than a month to decide whether to join the Kadima leadership race or become "a lame duck."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


* Barak to Gates: Keep military option on table with Iran Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on the US government to tighten the economic sanctions imposed on Iran. In a meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

* Will Turkey's religious row end in political turmoil? Will Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan return to the balcony or has the lightbulb gone out?

* Al-Qaida video calls to kill Saudi king A new video posted on an Islamist website, depicts an al-Qaida leader calling for the assassination of Saudi Arabia's king.

* Peres: Jerusalem Needs Wall and Bridge President Shimon Peres, following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon, has become the latest mainstream politician to intimate that Jerusalem must be divided.

* What's Going on in Turkey? Two bombs exploded in Turkey's commercial hub, Istanbul, on Sunday killing 17 and wounding scores more.

* NATO suspicious of Russian security pact idea Russia's presentation of plans for a new "Treaty on European Security" at a NATO gathering on Monday (28 July) met with suspicion the scheme could undermine existing alliances.

* PA officials tell 'Post': PA on brink of bankruptcy The Palestinian Authority is facing a severe financial crisis due to the failure of donor countries to fulfill their pledges to fund the Palestinians.

* UN split over Darfur peace force South Africa and Libya are pushing the UN to suspend accusations against Sudan's president, linking the issue to a Darfur peacekeeping mandate.

* Ahmadinejad blames West for AIDS Iran's president on Tuesday blamed the US and other "big powers" for nuclear proliferation.

* Iraqis attack al-Qaeda stronghold Iraqi forces backed by American troops have launched a major operation against insurgents in the north-eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.

Monday, July 28, 2008


* Olmert says peace accord with Palestinians unlikely in 2008 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday he did not believe Israel and the Palestinian Authority would be able to achieve their stated goal of forging a peace deal by the end of the year.

* US talks to Iran to legitimize attack Recent talks the United States held with Iran are aimed at creating legitimacy for a potential attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, defense officials speculated.

* Russia to propose pan-European security pact Individual European countries should sign up to a legally-binding security pact that includes Russia in a new structure over-arching the EU and NATO.

* What Do High Oil Prices Mean for Iraq's Future? There are very few silver linings to current record-high oil prices — but a more stable future for embattled Iraq may be one of them.

* Syrian US ambassador: Let's make peace "Here's the grand thing on offer: Let us sit together, let us make peace, let us end once and for all the state of war," said the Syrian Ambassador.

* Deal still elusive at trade talks Rich and poor countries are still struggling to reach a compromise as protracted talks on a global trade pact enter a second week.

* Turkey Blames Kurdish Rebels For Istanbul Blasts That Killed 17 Istanbul's governor said Monday that two bomb blasts which killed 17 people and injured 150 others.

* Ireland strongly opposed to Lisbon revote Almost three quarters of Irish voters are opposed to the idea of a second vote on the EU's Lisbon treaty.

* Turkish court deciding AKP's fate Turkey's Constitutional Court is meeting to consider if the governing AK Party should be banned for alleged anti-secular activities.

* Gaza poverty at unprecedented high The number of households in the Gaza Strip below the poverty line has reached an unprecedented high of nearly 52 percent.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


* Ahmadinejad claims Iran now possesses 6,000 centrifuges Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserted that Iran's interlocutors had agreed to allow it to continue to run its program.

* Iraqi Christians urged to return Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has urged Christians who fled the country after the US-led invasion to return home to help rebuild the country.

* IDF vets train NY Jewish paramilitaries Yonatan Stern, the "Sgan Mefaked Hakita" (deputy squad commander) of Kitat Konenut New York, insists his "paramilitary emergency armed response team" is no "group of vigilantes or a JDL [Jewish Defense League]."

* Army deployed to calm Tripoli Lebanese tanks have been sent on to the streets of the northern port of Tripoli where bloody sectarian clashes have killed at least six people.

* Hamas nabs scores of Fatah men in Gaza Hamas security arrested dozens of supporters of the rival Fatah group, hurled grenades at the home of one Fatah leader and set up checkpoints across Gaza.

* Debate on oil speculators hits new pitch Oil prices continued their correction this week as the debate about the influence of speculators in energy markets reached a new pitch.

* Former Iranian leader rejects deadline Iran's former president, the cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, told the international community on Friday that he rejected any deadline.

* Iran plans mass execution Iran is planning a mass execution of 30 people convicted of murder and drug trafficking.

Friday, July 25, 2008


* 'UNIFIL flaws may lead to new conflict' UNIFIL soldiers assigned to maintain the cease-fire that ended the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006 are not carrying out their mandate.

* PA mulling unilateral declaration of statehood The Palestinian Authority is considering cutting off its diplomatic contacts with Israel and unilaterally declaring statehood.

* Kuntar: Allah willing, I'll kill more Israelis Days after his release last Wednesday, convicted Lebanese Druse terrorist Samir Kuntar told Arab television stations that he plans to earn a master's degree in "military resistance".

* UN slams new Israeli settlement UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Thursday condemning Israel's decision to authorize the construction of new housing units in Maskiyot.

* More Syria talks following 'progress' Israel and Syria are expected to hold a fourth round of indirect diplomatic talks in Turkey next week.

* New Book Shows History of Muslim Religious Violence A new book maintains that the history of Islam displays anti-Semitism and violence against Jews and Christians since the Muslim prophet Mohammed began the religion 1,200 years ago.

* IDF chief receives decoration from US army Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, surprised IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi on Thursday by honoring him with the US military's highest award.

* Iranian Film Praising Sadat's Killers Irks Cairo When it seemed that all was going smoothly on the Cairo-Tehran diplomatic front and full relations were not far off after a near 30-year hiatus, out comes a movie in Iran praising the assassins of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

* 'Still time for peace deal this year' US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was still hope that Israel and the Palestinians could reach a deal before US President George W. Bush leaves the White House.

* Moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell Claims Alien Contact Cover-up Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008


* UK MPs call for talks with Hamas A UK parliamentary committee has called for dialogue with Hamas, as a UN report says poverty has reached an unprecedented high in the Gaza Strip.

* Intelligence bodies warn threat from global Jihad 'substantial' Substantial threats to Israel, its citizens, and Jewish people all over the world exist from worldwide Jihad organizations.

* Harrari Harps Recreates Biblical Instruments For the past 25 years Micah and Shoshanna Harrari have been manufacturing Biblical style harps and lyres in their workshop.

* Iran purchases Russian anti-aircraft system Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by year-end that could help fend off any preemptive strikes against its nuclear facilities.

* Jewish Groups Challenge Obama: Show Support for United Jerusalem The Coalition for a United Jerusalem held a news conference in the capital Tuesday night to demand that US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama express unequivocal support for the unification of Jerusalem.

* 'We must prepare for every Iran option' "We all agree that Iran ought to be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons".

* Moon-walker claims alien contact cover-up Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.

* Italian Lisbon vote builds pressure on Ireland The Italian senate's unanimous support for the Lisbon treaty on Wednesday (23 July) should help force Ireland into a revote.

* Barak gives Netanyahu security briefing Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday and briefed the Likud chairman on military and security matters.

* Arctic 'has 90bn barrels of oil' The Arctic is estimated to hold 90bn barrels of untapped oil, according to figures from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


* 'To Hell with the Ceasefire' if Israel Doesn't Let Up, Hamas Says Moderate Hamas official Ahmed Yousef, the adviser on foreign affairs to de-facto Gaza prime minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, has told the Middle East Times that Hamas' patience with Israel is wearing thin.

* Iran vows no nuclear concessions Iran will not "retreat one iota" in its nuclear activities, its president says, in his first reaction to a new call for Tehran to end uranium enrichment.

* Kurdish defiance likely to delay Iraqi elections The Iraqi Parliament approved legislation to govern provincial elections, but Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the session.

* Chavez calls for Russia alliance Hugo Chavez has called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect Venezuela from the US.

* Military strike not an option on Iran, EU ministers say European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday (22 July) called for further diplomacy in dealing with concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

* Sudan president defiant in Darfur Sudan's president has said he is "not worried" by International Criminal Court (ICC) accusations against him, during a rare visit to Darfur.

* US general warns Russia on nuclear bombers in Cuba Russia would cross "a red line for the United States of America" if it were to base nuclear capable bombers in Cuba.

* Manned spaceship design unveiled The first official image of a Russian-European manned spacecraft has been unveiled.

* Livni calls for national unity gov't Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called on Tuesday night for the establishment of a national unity government.

* Gay bishop Robinson 'should quit' The Archbishop of Sudan, Daniel Deng, has called for gay American bishop Gene Robinson to resign and go back to being "a normal Christian".

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


* Serbia arrests top war crimes suspect Karadzic Serbian security forces arrested Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic on Monday night.

* Maliki tells Germany Iraq is open for business Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said his battle-scarred country was now safer and back in business.

* Israelis hit by new digger attack A Palestinian in a mechanical digger has rammed traffic in west Jerusalem, injuring at least 10 people before being shot dead.

* Russia, Venezuela strengthen energy ties Leading oil and gas producers Russia and Venezuela will coordinate energy policies.

* Being a Part of It: Aliyah 2008, in Photos and Words Some 210 Jews from North America made Aliyah on Tuesday, and were welcomed in a gala ceremony in Ben Gurion International Airport.

* Sarkozy suggests Irish revote in June 2009 French President Nicholas Sarkozy has proposed to the Irish prime minister that a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty be held.

* A First: Fatah Chief in the President's Residence It was a first of its kind event Tuesday afternoon when Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Chairman and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) crossed the threshold of the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

* Kadima council paves way to oust Olmert Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be replaced as Kadima leader in mid-September.

* Obama urges political fix in Iraq US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has said security in Iraq has improved but the country's needs must now be addressed politically.

* US official to meet with Syrian negotiator in DC. For the second time this week, a senior American official will meet with representatives of a Middle Eastern country that the US has sought to isolate diplomatically.

Monday, July 21, 2008


* The global economy is at the point of maximum danger The global currency system is breaking down. No world leader seems able to discern the problem, let alone forge a solution.

* McCain and Obama to Make First Joint Campaign Appearance at Saddleback Church Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, respective presumed Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, will end the primary season by making their first joint appearance.

* Brown issues Iran nuclear warning Britain is determined to prevent Iran developing nuclear arms

* Olmert: Agreement with PA by end of 2008 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel can be finalized by the end of the year.

* Mideast facing choice between crops and water Global food shortages have placed the Middle East and North Africa in a quandary.

* Syrian FM in Beirut, says determined to rebuild ties with Lebanon Visiting top diplomat meets with newly-elected Lebanese president, pledges Damascus sincere in its interest to establish diplomatic relations with Beirut

* World warned over killer flu pandemic The world is failing to guard against the inevitable spread of a devastating flu pandemic which could kill 50 million people.

* Obama meets Iraqi PM in Baghdad US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has met the Iraqi prime minister on his first visit to Baghdad as part of a major foreign tour.

* Sarkozy on EU mission to Dublin French President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived in Dublin to discuss how to proceed after the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.

* Rice: Tired of Iran's stalling tactics US secretary of state slams accuses Tehran of not taking negotiations seriously, warns new sanctions may be forthcoming.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


* US attends historic Iran meeting A senior United States official is taking part for the first time in international talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program.

* Iranian, EU negotiators to resume talks in two weeks Iran and the European Union's chief negotiators have agreed to resume talks on suspending uranium enrichment in two weeks.

* Sunni bloc rejoins Iraqi cabinet The main Sunni Muslim bloc in Iraq has rejoined the Shia-led government, in what correspondents called an important step for national reconciliation.

* Hizbullah won't rule out more abductions Hizbullah's deputy secretary-general, Sheikh Naim Kassem, would not rule out on Saturday the abduction of more Israeli soldiers.

* Spat between Jews and Muslims sours Saudi interfaith summit A groundbreaking interfaith conference this week ended on a sour note, with a political spat between Muslims and Jews that Saudi organizers wanted to avoid.

* Blair: Two states are only way to peace A two-state solution is the only way to solve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair said.

* Barroso admits he wants to be EU commission president for a second time European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has for the first time publicly admitted he wants a second term as head of the EU executive.

* Obama opens foreign tour in Kabul US Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has arrived in Afghanistan, at the start of a high-profile international tour.

* Arabs seek exit strategy from Sudan war crimes crisis Arab foreign ministers held crisis talks on Saturday on how to deal with the International Criminal Court prosecutor's bid to arrest Sudan President Omar al-Beshir.

* Brown Says No `Artificial Timetable' for Iraq Troop Withdrawal U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would not set ``an artificial timetable'' for withdrawing British troops from Iraq, though progress toward a reduction is being made.

Friday, July 18, 2008


* Moallem: Syria-Iran strategic alliance strong The "strategic alliance" between Syria and Iran is strong and will not be shaken by the possibility of a peace treaty with Israel.

* Government funds Muslim thinkers The British government is to fund a board of Islamic theologians in an attempt to sideline violent extremists.

* Hizbullah moves into 'every town' Hizbullah is bolstering its presence in south Lebanon villages with non-Shi'ite majorities by buying land and using it to build military positions.

* Ignoring a war in northern Iraq? Iraqi MPs and politicians have accused the Baghdad government of tolerating an Iranian military campaign on Iraq's northern territories.

* Mofaz repeats his talk of attacking Iran Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who stands a good chance of becoming prime minister shortly after September's Kadima primary, defended his hawkish statements about a prospective attack on Iran.

* Samir Kuntar: I'm yearning more than ever to confront Israel Five militants who were freed Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah.

* Israeli Arab indicted on suspicion of planning Bush assassination Four Israeli Arabs from east Jerusalem and two from Nazareth have been indicted for allegedly setting up an Al-Qaida cell.

* Iran: US presence at nuclear talks 'positive' Iran's foreign minister said Friday that forthcoming nuclear talks in Geneva and the participation of a US diplomat for the first time look positive and he expects progress.

* Pope: All faiths should unite against violence Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged religious leaders of all kinds to unite against those who use faith to divide communities.

* ICC probes Darfur rebel leaders Rebel leaders from Sudan's Darfur region are being investigated for war crimes, says International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


* Nasrallah 'most admired' Arab leader Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader among the Arab public.

* Israeli critics question lopsided prisoner swap Critics of Israel's lopsided prisoner exchange with Lebanese guerrillas said Wednesday that such deals only encourage more hostage-taking.

* Prisoners' homecoming a triumph for Hezbollah Tens of thousands of people waving flags, lighting fireworks, smiling, laughing, and jostling for a view of Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, packed into an open square in this city's southern suburb.

* Iran threatens President Bush Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a personal threat against American President George W. Bush.

* Roots of Inter-faith Animosity Run Deep An inter-faith conference opened in Madrid Wednesday hoping to find a solution that would end disputes between the world's major religions.

* Russians remember murdered tsar Thousands of Russians have been taking part in events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

* Turkey urges dialogue on Iran standoff Turkey's foreign minister encouraged dialogue to resolve the standoff over Teheran's disputed nuclear program.

* UK ratifies the EU Lisbon Treaty The UK has officially ratified the European Union's Lisbon Treaty.

* Pope Assails Moral Relativism Pope Benedict XVI laid out a modern agenda Thursday for the event that the Catholic Church is describing as the largest gathering of young people on the planet.

* US 'to open Iran base in weeks' The US has refused to deny reports that it will establish a US diplomatic presence in Iran in the next month.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


* Turkish FM: Israel, Syria want peace Israel and Syria both have "the political will" to end tensions between them and will hold a fourth round of indirect talks soon.

* Israel swaps prisoners for bodies Israel has confirmed that human remains handed over by Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as part of a prisoner swap are those of two of its soldiers.

* Arab Leaders Celebrate Victory: 'Swap Teaches us to Kidnap More' Arab leaders and terrorist groups around the Middle East are expressing their joy over what to them is a resounding victory over Israel.

* US official to attend Iran talks A top US official is to attend talks aimed at persuading Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment program.

* Oil price slides as sell-off continues Oil prices tumbled Wednesday, extending a massive sell-off the previous day.

* Russia Denies Saudis Offered Billions for Cut in Aid to Iran Diplomatic sources told a Russian newspaper that Saudi Arabia has offered Moscow more than $2 billion in business in return for its scaling back help in building Iran's nuclear reactor.

* Saudi-sponsored interfaith meet kicks off in Spain King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was kicking off an interfaith conference in Madrid on Wednesday - an effort to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews closer together.

* Incredible pictures of Mars - and they look surprisingly like some parts of Earth Ever since Victorian astronomers pointed their telescopes towards Mars and wrongly believed they had discovered canals, mankind has been obsessed by the red planet.

* Sarkozy says Ireland will have to vote again French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that Ireland will have to vote once more on the EU treaty.

* Olmert Scandal Deepens as Investigators Find New Evidence Following a third round of questioning of Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, amid fresh allegations that he supposedly defrauded several charities.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


* Blair cancels Gaza visit, citing threats Mideast envoy Tony Blair on Tuesday called off what would have been the first visit of a top Western diplomat to Hamas-ruled Gaza.

* Rights group fears Sudanese backlash Human rights activists said Tuesday they feared a move by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to file genocide charges against Sudan's president could provoke a violent backlash.

* Ahmadinejad: We won't accept any conditions Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state TV on Monday that he won't accept any conditions on his country's disputed nuclear program.

* Hizbullah Gears Up For War, Olmert Asks for UN Help Arab reports indicate that Hizbullah is preparing to arm its rockets with chemical warheads and to build extensive fortifications.

* Hamas using Gush Katif synagogues to train gunmen One of the most visible conflicts in public opinion prior to the Gaza Strip pullout in August 2005 dealt with the issue of public structures following the evacuation of settlers.

* Polish leader pledges not to block EU treaty Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he will not create "obstacles" to the ratification of the EU's new Lisbon treaty.

* World's biggest Christian festival launched with Sydney mass The world's biggest Christian festival opened Tuesday with a spectacular harbourside mass for up to 150,000 pilgrims.

* Sexuality stance 'embarrasses' Anglicans The head of the Anglican church in the US has said that her church has embarrassed other parts of the Anglican Communion with its approach to sexuality.

* Earthquake near Rhodes felt in Israel Tremors of a powerful earthquake with an epicenter near the Greek island of Rhodes were felt throughout Israel on Tuesday morning.

* Dollar Falls to Record Versus Euro; Credit Woes May Damp Growth The dollar declined to a record low against the euro.

Monday, July 14, 2008


* Hamas spokesman says Tony Blair to visit Gaza Mideast envoy Tony Blair will visit the Gaza Strip this week.

* "World will pay price for Iran attack" Syrian President Bashar Assad warned that Israel, the US, and the entire world would pay a heavy price if Iran is attacked.

* President George W Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran As Tehran tests new missiles, America believes only a show of force can deter Ahmadinejad.

* Iran and Russia sign major oil deal Russia's Gazprom is purposing a multi-billion-dollar gasoline development deal with Iran

* Sudan head accused of war crimes Sudan's president has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

* Dispute on Paris summit wording Israel and the Palestinians have disagreed over the final declaration of the Mediterranean summit held in Paris.

* Turkey charges 86 for coup plot A top Turkish prosecutor has brought charges against 86 people allegedly involved in a coup plot.

* Ahead of Mideast trip, Obama backtracks on 'undivided' Jerusalem Barack Obama will visit Israel and the West Bank next week, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

* Sarkozy beaming at birth of Mediterranean Union France officially announced the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean.

* Gay bishop calls for firmer leadership The gay bishop who sparked Anglican divisions said on Monday the head of the church must show firmer leadership and get conservative foes to tone down homophobic taunts.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


* 'Iran would destroy Israel, US bases' Iran would "destroy" Israel as well as 32 US army bases in the region if the Islamic Republic is attacked, an aide to Iran's SupremeLeader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday.

* Hizbullah gets veto power in Lebanon Lebanon's prime minister formed a national unity Cabinet on Friday after six weeks of wrangling over how to distribute posts among members of the country's Western-backed parliamentary majority and the Hizbullah-led opposition.

* 'Iran test showed no new capabilities' Iran's missile test this week demonstrated no new capabilities, according to a US official familiar with the intelligence, and the test may not have included one of the longer-range missiles that Iran said was among those launched.

* Sarkozy welcomes Assad in Paris French President Nicolas Sarkozy has welcomed his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, to the Elysee Palace.

* Mediterranean Union to be launched France will on Sunday (13 July) launch the Union for the Mediterranean - the brainchild of President Nicolas Sarkozy, which will bring together EU member states and a number of North African and Middle East countries.

* Dichter: Jerusalem attacks not an intifada One of two officers shot in Friday night terror attack in capital currently fighting for his life; interior security minister visits him in hospital. 'I am confident police, Shin Bet will put their hands on terrorist,' he says.

* Syria asks France to help direct talks with Israel Syrian president says Washington, Paris should contribute to future security arrangements in region.

* Pope to apologise for sex scandal Pope Benedict XVI has said he will apologise for decades of sexual abuse of children by Australian priests.

* Bashir seeks Arab League support Khartoum has asked the Arab League to hold a meeting of foreign ministers after a move by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, for alleged crimes in the Darfur region.

* Russia blasts U.S., UK over Zimbabwe vote Russia has reacted angrily to comments made by U.S. and British officials who criticized Moscow's veto of U.N. sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Friday, July 11, 2008


* Iraq denies IAF using its airspace Iraq denied on Friday reports claiming the Israeli Air Force has been practicing for a possible attack against Iran in its airspace.

* Hizbullah gets veto power in Lebanon Lebanon's prime minister formed a national unity Cabinet on Friday after six weeks of wrangling over how to distribute posts among members of the country's Western-backed parliamentary majority and the Hizbullah-led opposition.

* Barak to US: Time running out on Iran Israel is urgently trying to convince the US that Iran is closer to passing the nuclear threshold than Washington believes.

* Arab state tells Israel it won't oppose Iran strike Official representatives of an Arab country have hinted in meetings with Israeli officials that they would not oppose an Israeli military operation against Iran.

* Iraqis Want U.S. Troops to Leave Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made a substantial policy shift by insisting on a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

* Ambassador: Sudanese president may be charged with genocide Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir may be charged with genocide, the Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations told reporters.

* Oil sets new record above $147 a barrel Crude jumps above $147 as concerns persist about Middle East conflict; heating oil hits record.

* France to deliver solution to Lisbon 'psycho-drama' by end of 2008 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned Europe against falling into institutional paralysis in the wake of Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon treaty.

* A French plan for Mediterranean unity President Sarkozy's launches his project Sunday of building a 44-state union in the region.

* Olmert corruption probe widened Police have widened an investigation into allegations of corruption against Israeli PM Ehud Olmert to also look at whether he may have committed fraud.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


* US warns Iran on missile threat The US has said it will not hesitate to defend its interests and those of its allies as Iran continues missile tests.

* Sarkozy warns EU on treaty debate French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned the European Parliament that the EU must not waste time on more negotiations over the Lisbon Treaty.

* China foils planned Islamic 'Holy War' Chinese police shot dead five members of a radical Islamic separatist group intent on waging "holy war".

* US recently held missile defense test With the possibility of an Iranian missile onslaught on Israel looming, the US Navy recently held an unprecedented exercise in the Middle East.

* Hezbollah is rearming at a dizzying pace There are some 2,500 non-uniformed Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon, and the organization has trebled its pre-war missile arsenal.

* Jordan Goes Nuclear Unhindered In stark contrast to regional player Iran, there was no international outcry when Jordan announced, then started the first stage of its nuclear plans.

* Pre-quake changes seen in rocks Scientists have made an important advance in their efforts to predict earthquakes.

* Turkish PM boosts ties with Iraq Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has support from Iraq's government and Iraqi Kurdish leaders to fight the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK.

* Barak warns Iran “we won't hesitate to act” Defense Minister “Israel is the strongest country in the region, and it has proven in the past that it is not afraid to act when there its vital interests are threatened.”

* EU military capabilities still depend on UK, French co-operation Any moves to enhance European military capacity requires co-operation between France and the UK.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


* Iran sends missile test warning Iran has test-fired nine missiles, including a new version of the Shahab-3, which is capable of reaching its main regional enemy Israel.

* European Military Capabilities With the end of the Cold War, Western European countries reduced the size of their military - then came September 11, 2001...

* National Security Cabinet to discuss Hizbullah armament Barak speaks to French FM, says 'Israel cannot accept continuing transfer of weaponry damaging delicate balance at northern border'; cabinet to meet Wednesday to discuss State's attempts to expand UN's decision 1701

* Turkey consulate attack "Terrorism," says U.S. envoy The shootout outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul which left six people dead was an "obvious act of terrorism."

* Russia 'upset' by US shield plans President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is extremely upset after the Czech Republic agreed to host part of a US missile shield.

* Large meteor crosses Israeli skies A large meteor crossed Israel's skies on Tuesday evening, and was seen by many residents, mainly in the center of the country.

* Emerging nations join G-8 in climate declaration The world's richest nations and emerging powers joined together to commit themselves to long-range cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions.

* Construction Plans for Jerusalem Approved The Regional Construction and Planning Board for Jerusalem has approved 910 housing units in Har Homa, and 900 in western Pisgat Ze'ev.

* Olmert, Assad to sit together at Med summit, handshake or not. Leaders from 40 countries are expected to attend the conference, an initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among them 10 from Arab countries, including Syria.

* Slovakia to extend euro area to central Europe Slovakia is the first central European country to have successfully finalised the evaluation procedures for joining the euro area in 2009.