Tuesday, March 02, 2010


* Netanyahu: No plans against Syria Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday tried to tone down rhetoric against Iran and Syria.

* PM: Iran arms race is runaway train Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday addressed the state of affairs on Iranian sanctions, or lack thereof.

* Nasrallah slams Arabs' 'silence' Hizbullah Secretary-General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Monday night reprimanded Arab states for their "silence" in the face of Israel's national heritage plan.

* 'Keep Cave of Patriarchs off list' The Palestinian Authority on Monday called on the international community to stop Israel from placing the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem on its list of national heritage sties.

* New East Jerusalem plan unveiled, and then delayed The Mayor of Jerusalem has announced a plan to demolish an area of Arab East Jerusalem to make way for an upmarket district of luxury hotels and gardens.

* Chilean Quake Likely Shifted Earth's Axis, NASA Scientist Says The earthquake that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day.

* Gasoline embargo seen toppling mullah regime Harsh sanctions, particularly a gasoline embargo, could endanger the mullah regime in Iran.

* Abbas urges Arab action on Jerusalem After meeting with the Jordanian king earlier this week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Tuesday in Sharm el-Sheik.

* Member states and EU commission clash over diplomatic service The European Commission and EU member states are in the middle of a nasty scrap over who is to have the most influence on Europe's new diplomatic corps.

* Bachelet urges Chile earthquake survivors to stay calm Chile's president has appealed for calm in the earthquake-ravaged city of Concepcion, vowing a stern response to any renewal of looting and violence.