Monday, February 04, 2008


* US anti-missile ship to dock in Haifa An American missile ship set to dock at Haifa Port on Monday is equipped with an anti-missile defense system that could be deployed in the region in the event of an Iranian missile attack against Israel.

* Hizbullah warns Israel of retaliation after deadly shooting kills 1 Organization says shooting which killed resident of Lebanese border town of Ghajar will not go overlooked.

* 'Hamas smuggled advanced arms' Long-range rockets and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles are some of the weapons smuggled into the Gaza Strip over the last 12 days, Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), told the cabinet Sunday.

* EU offers closer ties to Serbia The European Union has said it wants to accelerate Serbia's progress towards membership following the re-election of pro-Western President Boris Tadic.

* Iran test-launches satellite missile ran tested a missile capable of carrying satellites into space, Iranian state television said Monday, as part of a program to launch a research satellite in the near future.

* Thousands flee fighting in Chad Thousands of people are fleeing the Chad capital, N'Djamena, after two days of fierce fighting between government and rebel forces in the city.

* Fatah: Bombers infiltrated Israel through Egypt In Gaza press conference, members of Fatah's military wing, PFLP say suicide bombers who carried out Dimona attack entered Sinai from Strip.

* French MPs set for EU treaty vote French parliamentarians will this afternoon (4 February) gather for a special session in the Versailles palace where they are expected to take a significant step towards ratifying the EU treaty.

* Turkey says 70 Kurdish rebel targets hit Turkish warplanes on Monday bombed some 70 Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the military said.

* 'Barak gave PM 9 months of quiet' Labor Chairman Ehud Barak's announcement on Sunday that he intends to remain defense minister "until the right time comes" guaranteed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "nine months of political quiet," Olmert's associates said Sunday.