Saturday, February 27, 2010


* 'Iran moves uranium above ground' Iran recently moved almost its entire stockpile of low-enriched uranium to an above-ground facility, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

* Nasrallah: Israel incapable of starting war Hezbollah chief tells Syrian, Iranian presidents 'Zionist regime engaging in psychological warfare'.

* Massive earthquake strikes Chile A massive earthquake has hit central Chile, killing at least 122 people, the country's president-elect says.

* Head of IMF proposes new reserve currency Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.

* Turkey ex-generals charged over 'plot' Two retired Turkish generals have been charged over an alleged plot in 2003 to overthrow the government, reports say.

* UN deplores Gaddafi call for anti-Swiss 'jihad' A top UN official has condemned as "inadmissible" Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland.

* 'Israel pressing U.S. not to send new envoy to Syria' Israel is urging the United States to freeze its decision to send a new envoy to Syria, in the wake of this week's tripartite meeting between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, according to a report Saturday in London-based Arabic daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

* Jordan activists stage sit in to protest Israel heritage listings Scores of Jordanian politicians and trade union members staged a sit-in at the Trade Unions Complex in Amman on Saturday to denounce Israel's addition of two West Bank holy sites to a list of Jewish heritage centers.

* Building the first 'Palestinian settlement' Standing on the hills of Rawabi just north of Ramallah on the West Bank, at the moment there's little more than a stunning view. On a clear day you can see as far as Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean.

* Opposition leader: Dictatorial "cult" rules Iran Iran's opposition leader said Saturday that a dictatorial "cult" was ruling Iran in the name of Islam - his strongest attack to date on the country's clerical leadership.