Tuesday, July 21, 2009


* Israeli official: US should honor past deals Israel's deputy prime minister said Tuesday that U.S. calls for a freeze on West Bank settlement construction run counter to past agreements.

* Arrests at new Iranian protests Iranian riot police are reported to have arrested a number of pro-reform protesters in Tehran after demonstrations turned violent.

* Amman revoking Palestinians' citizenship Jordanian authorities have started revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians living in Jordan to avoid a situation in which they would be "resettled" permanently in the kingdom.

* Amar: US settlement policy contravenes Torah Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar called this week on American Jews to explain to the Obama administration the religious obligation of every Jew to live in every part of the Land of Israel.

* Iraq cleric on rare public visit Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has made a rare public appearance in Syria, where he met President Bashar Assad.

* Russia, France up pressure to halt e. J'lem construction One day after the United States demanded that Israel stop building projects in east Jerusalem, Russia joined the call.

* Dead Sea a Finalist in World Wonder Contest A panel of experts chose the Dead Sea Tuesday as one of 28 finalists competing in the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest.

* Evangelicals back Israel in Washington Over 4,000 Christians are gathering in Washington this week to advocate for Israel on Capitol Hill.

* Cyprus remains tough on Turkey's EU talks Cyprus will continue to block Turkey's EU talks until Ankara stops acting like a "neighbourhood bully".

* Asia to Experience Lengthy Eclipse Wednesday Hundreds of millions of people across Asia are waiting to witness what is being described as the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century.

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