Friday, April 09, 2010


* Israeli PM Netanyahu pulls out of US nuclear summit Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a visit to the US where he was to attend a summit on nuclear security, Israeli officials say.

* Netanyahu's nuclear no-show is victory for Arab pressure Binyamin Netanyahu's decision not to take part in next week's nuclear security summit in the US will be seen as a victory for mounting Arab and Muslim pressure on Israel.

* U.S. security official: No new concrete Mideast peace plan United States National Security Advisor James Jones said Friday the administration was discussing how to jump-start the lagging Middle East peace process, but did not have a new plan to offer.

* New Focus: Obama to remove "Islamic Radicalism" from Documents United States President Barack Obama plans to remove the term “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining America's security strategy.

* US Fighting Israel's Nuclear Program The United States has begun denying visas to Israel's nuclear scientists, according to the Hebrew-language daily Maariv.

* Iran sends U.S. warning on national nuclear day Iran's "allies around the globe" would retaliate against any strike by the United States.

* World powers hold UN meeting on Iran nuclear sanctions The UN ambassadors of six world powers have met in New York to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

* Russian gas pipeline plans make progress Russian and EU officials will on Friday (9 April) mark the start of construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

* Greek turmoil raises prospect of imminent bail-out Fresh doubts over Greece's ability to meet upcoming debt obligations resulted in record high borrowing costs for the country.

* Islamic Movement Approved in Israel, Barred by Jordan While Israel allowed the radical Islamic Movement to operate openly and even allows its members to sit in the Knesset, Jordan has apparently decided that the extremist group is a threat it is unwilling to tolerate.