Monday, September 28, 2009


* Iran tests longest range missiles Iran has successfully test-fired some of the longest range missiles in its arsenal, state media say.

* India raises nuclear stakes India can now build nuclear weapons with the same destructive power as those in the arsenals of the world’s major nuclear powers, according to New Delhi’s senior atomic officials.

* Intolerance on the Temple Mount Last week, our synagogue in Beit Shemesh made its annual High Holy Day week visit to the Temple Mount. We began the tradition six years ago when the site was reopened to non-Muslims.

* Anger at Jerusalem shrine clash Palestinian leaders have blamed Israel for raising tension in Jerusalem after a day of clashes at the city's most sensitive religious site.

* Merkel pledges speedy transition German Chancellor Angela Merkel has outlined plans to form a swift coalition with the Free Democrats (FDP) after a major win in Sunday's election.

* World Bank says don't take dollar's place for granted World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the United States should not take the dollar's status as the world's key reserve currency for granted because other options are emerging.

* Police, MDA on high alert for Yom Kippur Israel freezes its activities for 24 hours of fasting, prayers and bicycle rides as holy Jewish day commences.

* Syria's Deputy FM invited for talks in Washington A senior Syrian official has been invited to Washington for talks, a U.S. Embassy official said, in the latest signal of the Obama administration's efforts to improve relations with a country deemed a state sponsor of terrorism.

* New wave of MEPs more wary of Russia, EU parliament chief says Members of the European Parliament from central and eastern Europe have brought a different perspective on Russia and energy security to Brussels, the president of the EU legislature, Jerzy Buzek, said in an interview with this website.

* Pope says fall of communism proved man needs God Pope Benedict, ending a trip to this highly secular nation, said the fall of communists who tried to erase religion was proof that God cannot be excluded from public life.