Thursday, March 25, 2010


* Almost a quarter of Republicans think Obama 'may be the Antichrist' as 14 states sue over healthcare reforms Americans who suggest Barack Obama should rot in hell are apparently deadly serious.

* Jordan: Israel is playing with fire Jordan's king warned Israel in a rare public rebuke that it is "playing with fire" with its settlement policy.

* Supreme Court: No Passover Sacrifice Again This Year The Supreme Court has rejected a petition requesting that Jews be enabled to offer the Passover Sacrifice this coming Monday, the eve of the holiday.

* Saudi Arabia detains dozens of 'al-Qaeda militants' More than 100 suspected militants linked to al-Qaeda have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, officials have said.

* Russia, China press Iran on nuclear program A senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that Russia and China had pressed Iran to accept a United Nations offer to replace fuel for an atomic reactor.

* Saudi: Israel's arrogance challenges the world Saudi Arabia on Wednesday condemned Israel's "arrogant" policies of building settlements in east Jerusalem.

* Frantic EU seeks solution to Greek debt crisis European leaders are facing a moment of truth at a Thursday summit, as markets press them to come up with a financial safety net for Greece.

* Petraeus apologizes to Ashkenazi Commander of the United States Military's Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. David Petraeus, whose widely-reported recent claim that Israeli intransigence was a problem for the US military in the Middle East and was fomenting conflict caused much concern within the Israeli security.

* Iraq parliamentary election recount 'unnecessary' The head of Iraq's election commission has ruled out a manual recount of all the votes in the country's parliamentary election.

* Passover Sacrifice Offered to Passersby in Jerusalem Rabbi Yehuda Glick, head of the Organization for Human Rights on the Temple Mount, led a young goat down the streets of Jerusalem Wednesday.

* EU leaders under pressure to reach Greek deal at summit EU leaders are under intense pressure to come up with a solution to Greece's ongoing debt dilemma when they meet in Brussels on Thursday.

* Ashton secures deal on new diplomatic service EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has finalised her blueprint for the EU's first ever diplomatic service after the European Commission.