Monday, August 03, 2009


* Iran poll critics shun ceremony Senior Iranian political figures appear to have snubbed the formal endorsement of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

* Scientists find new strain of HIV Gorillas have been found, for the first time, to be a source of HIV.

* Warning: Oil supplies are running out fast Catastrophic shortfalls threaten economic recovery, says world's top energy economist

* Iran is ready to build an N-bomb - it is just waiting for the Ayatollah's order Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb.

* 700 die in fighting in northern Nigeria Some 700 people have been killed in clashes with Islamic militants in Nigeria, a military commander told CNN.

* Turkey marks 50 years as EU suitor Turkey has marked a sad anniversary of 50 years knocking on Europe's door, with some enthusiasts hoping that the EU's recent deal on the Nabucco gas pipeline could speed up Ankara's membership bid.

* Afghan insurgents are weakened Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell has said insurgents in Afghanistan have had their "command and control" weakened by Operation Panther's Claw.

* Georgia says Russia is trying to seize more land Georgia accused Russia on Monday of trying to take more territory outside the breakaway province of South Ossetia as tensions rose before the first anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war last summer.

* Berlin starts talks over Lisbon treaty law Leading representatives of the German governing parties will meet in Berlin to formulate legislation on how to implement the EU's Lisbon treaty, as requested by the country's constitutional court.

* Lieberman: I'll resign if A-G indicts me Foreign Minster Avigdor Lieberman said he would resign if Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz decides to press charges against him, but does not see that happening in the near future.

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