Tuesday, January 25, 2011


* Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati appointed Lebanese PM Lebanon's president has appointed Najib Mikati, who is backed by the Shia Islamist group Hezbollah and its allies, as prime minister-designate.

* Cairo protest: Clashes on Egypt's 'day of revolt' Police in Cairo are using tear gas and water cannon to try to quell rare anti-government protests.

* Palestinians seek source of leaked Mid-East papers Palestinian officials are searching for the source who leaked confidential papers from the Mid-East peace process.

* Nasrallah: Hezbollah will not control next Lebanon government Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that his organization will not be the leader of Lebanon's new government.

* Palestinian embassy to open in Ireland The Irish government decided Tuesday to upgrade the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the country to an embassy.

* Moscow airport bomb: Dmitry Medvedev seeks shake-up Russia needs Israeli-style airport security in the wake of a suspected suicide bombing in Moscow, the country's president has said.

* Taking aim at Iranian Holocaust denial Yad Vashem, Israel's central Holocaust memorial and documentation center, launched on Sunday a new YouTube channel in Farsi.

* 5 Arab states could go the way of Tunisia Five Arab League states could follow the collapse of the regime in Tunisia.

* Mubarak's election year tactics may endanger Egypt's Christians Congress has been warned that the Coptic minority in Egypt is facing an unprecedented threat.

* Digging completed on tunnel under Old City walls in East Jerusalem The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount.