Wednesday, February 23, 2011


* Libya protests: Pressure mounts on isolated Gaddafi Pressure has mounted on isolated Libyan ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi after a chorus of international condemnation and resignations by top officials.

* Iranian warships sail through Suez Canal for the first time since 1979 amid accusations of 'provocation' from Israel Two Iranian ships travelled through the Suez Canal on Tuesday and were heading towards Syria.

* Gadhafi ordered sabotage of oil pipelines in Libya Time magazine's intelligence columnist reported on Tuesday that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has ordered his security forces to sabotage the country's oil facilities.

* Iran's president: Mideast upheaval will reach US Iran's president said Wednesday he is certain the wave of unrest in the Middle East will spread to Europe and North America.

* Oil prices push higher on Libya supply concerns Oil prices have risen further on worries that supplies could be disrupted if unrest continues in Libya and spreads across the Middle East.

* Libyan military units defecting; Gadhafi left with ex-Soviet special forces Units of Libya's military were said to be defecting to the opposition in the war to oust the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

* Palestinian FM: Statehood by September Dr. Riyad Al-Malki, the foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority, spoke to The Media Line about Iranian backing for Hamas.

* Arab League suspends Libya; minister defects US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday Libya must end violence against protesters seeking to end Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule.

* Building Boom and Prosperity in Golan Heights The Golan Heights, demanded by Syria, is enjoying an unprecedented building boom.

* Peres: Iranian warships a provocation, not a threat The Iranian Navy warships that crossed the Suez Canal are more of a provocation than a threat, President Shimon Peres told a gathering of close to 400 editors.