Tuesday, November 16, 2010


* Eurozone must 'resist alarmism', Olli Rehn says The European Union's economic affairs commissioner has said Europe must "resist alarmism" amid the latest fears over the Irish Republic's debts.

* Iranians begin 5-day, nationwide air defense drill The Iranian military began a five-day nationwide military drill dubbed "Defenders of the Sky".

* Dawn breaks on millions of Muslims as the annual Hajj pilgrimage draws to a close... and Eid festival begins In scenes that haven't changed for more than a thousand years, nearly three million Muslims began congregating for the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia today.

* China, India, Russia vow to deepen cooperation The foreign ministers of developing giants China, India and Russia pledged on Monday to step up cooperation in trade, energy and geopolitical affairs including climate change.

* Turkey objects to Iran-centric Nato shield As negotiations on a missile defence shield enter their final days before a Nato leaders' meeting in Lisbon, Turkey is turning out to be more of a problem.

* U.S. defense chief says Iran sanctions working, argues against military strike Sanctions against Iran are biting hard and triggering divisions among its leadership.

* Palestinians have delayed freeze deal with the US Palestinian refusal to return to the negotiating table even if a 90-day settlement freeze is in place has delayed the anticipated agreement between Israel and the US.

* IDF's Combat Soldiers to Carry Cameras, Not Just Guns The IDF is training some of its ground troops to take pictures of the battlefield as they fight.

* China's Tianhe-1A crowned supercomputer king China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has been confirmed as the most powerful in the world.

* Lebanon army to get aid from Russia Lebanon's prime minister says Russia is providing the Lebanese army with free military assistance including helicopters, tanks and a range of munitions. 

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