Saturday, March 06, 2010


* 'Iran developing massive launch site' Iran is building a new rocket launch site with North Korean assistance.

* Ex-Leader Is Top Rival to Premier in Iraq Vote The serpentine career of Ayad Allawi, who served briefly as Iraq’s interim prime minister five years ago, has taken another unlikely turn.

* UN worried by Temple Mount clashes The United Nations Security Council expressed concern overnight Friday after Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian rioters.

* West drafts weakened Iran sanctions Western countries, under pressure from Russia and China, drafted a blueprint for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran.

* Ukraine's Yanukovych signals shift over Russia fleet The newly elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych has suggested he would allow Russia's Black Sea Fleet to remain in his country beyond 2017.

* Lost Jewish tribe 'found in Zimbabwe' In many ways, the Lemba tribe of Zimbabwe and South Africa are just like their neighbours.

* Obama vows to reduce nuclear weapons US President Barack Obama has pledged to cut the number and role of nuclear weapons in America's national security strategy.

* Liberals rap Kremlin as Stalin is worshipped Communist Party chiefs led a procession of largely elderly people across Red Square on the 57th anniversary of Stalin's death.

* Egypt's president undergoes surgery Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has handed over the reins of government to Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif while he undergoes surgery for gall bladder removal in Germany.

* 'Hamas losing control over Strip' Ahmed Ja'abri, commander of Hamas' armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, recently sent an urgent letter to Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Masha'al, warning that the situation in the Gaza Strip was "deteriorating."

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