Friday, October 16, 2009


* US rethinks intelligence report on Iran nuclear program US spy agencies are considering whether to rewrite a controversial 2007 intelligence report that asserted Tehran halted its efforts to build nuclear weapons in 2003.

* Deadly bomb shakes Pakistani city Twelve people have died and 15 have been injured in a bombing in Peshawar in north-western Pakistan, police say.

* China strongly opposes Iranian nukes China is firmly opposed to an Iranian nuclear arms program, Beijing's ambassador to Israel, Zhao Jun said.

* UNHRC endorses Goldstone's report Despite Israeli lobbying efforts against the Goldstone report, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva endorsed the document on Friday.

* One million refugees headed for Israel IDF units responsible for guarding Israel's expansive western border with Egypt said Thursday that there are one million would-be infiltrators from Africa waiting to cross the mostly barrier-less border and enter Israel illegally.

* Israel: Endorsement of Goldstone Report promotes terror State officials respond to UN Human Rights Council's decision to adopt report saying IDF committed war crimes in Gaza.

* Despite promises to Obama, construction continues in dozens of W. Bank settlements Human rights activists monitoring the West Bank report that despite commitments Israel made to President Barack Obama's administration last month, widespread building activity commenced three weeks ago in at least 12 settlements.

* Sarkozy suggests Blair EU presidency problematic French president Nicolas Sarkozy has indicated that British ex-prime minister Tony Blair may not be acceptable as a future president of the European Council because the UK remains outside the eurozone.

* Pope calls for determined action on hunger The world must take "determined and effective" action against hunger after the global economic crisis pushed the ranks of the undernourished to a record 1 billion, Pope Benedict XVI said Friday.

* Quake shakes Indonesian capital A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Java, causing buildings to sway in the capital, Jakarta, officials have said.