Tuesday, February 22, 2011


* Defiant Gaddafi refuses to quit amid Libya protests Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has refused to stand down amid widespread anti-government protests which he said had tarnished the image of the country.

* Top Sunni cleric says army should kill Kadhafi Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so "to rid Libya of him."

* Iran warships sail via Suez Canal amid Israeli concern Two Iranian warships have sailed through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea.

* Libya replete with EU arms as Gaddafi massacres protesters As dead bodies pile up on the streets of Tripoli and blocked phone lines hamper the EU evacuation effort, the latest EU figures show that EU countries just two years ago granted over €160 million of export licences to Libya.

* Israel and EU clash over handling of Arab-Israeli conflict Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is "no link" between the Arab uprisings and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

* Revolts Will Topple Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah, Peres Says The people of Iran and Lebanon will overthrow Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Nasrallah, President Shimon Peres told Spanish Jews.

* PA is using US veto to bolster its image Pro-Abbas demonstrations organized to showcase PA president's stand against Obama, show that PA president has support of Arab street.

* Egypt swears in new cabinet, retains Mubarak-era ministers Egypt's key portfolios of defense interior, foreign, finance and justice were unchanged in a cabinet reshuffle.

* The internet and the revolution of Homo Globalis In the last two decades, a new species has been born: Homo globalis is defined by its intimate connection to the global infotainment network.

* Israel and U.S. successfully test anti-missile system Israel and the United States successfully carried out a test of Israel's Arrow anti-missile system off the coast of California on Tuesday morning.