Friday, September 09, 2011


* 9/11: Clinton says Al-Qaeda behind New York threat The US secretary of state has warned that al-Qaeda is behind a credible threat to Americans in the run-up to the anniversary of 9/11.

* Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall Hundreds of Egyptian activists on Friday demolished parts of the wall erected around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against demonstrators.

* Israel Seeks to Calm Tensions With Turkey Israel was wrestling on Friday with growing tensions with Turkey after the Turkish prime minister threatened to use his navy to accompany aid flotillas to Gaza.

* Post 9/11 Europe: 'safer' but less free Ten years after the fall of New York's twin towers and four months after the death of Osama Bin Laden, Europe is said to be 'safer' - but in return, private data is scrutinised by a multitude of counter-terrorism programmes.

* Blair: Palestinian UN statehood bid is unilateral cry of frustration A Palestinian bid for greater recognition at the United Nations this month would be a cry of frustration.

* Bank shares lead falls on US and European stock markets Sharp falls in banking shares have led US and European stock markets lower as concerns continue about the strength of the world economy.

* Supercomputer predicts revolution Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US research.

* Is Syria slipping out of the grasp of its rulers? I argued in May that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would probably survive, but new pressures, from within and without, are taking the country one step closer to the tipping point.

* World Entering 'Dangerous New Phase': Lagarde Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned that the global economy is entering a "dangerous new phase".

* Harper Wants to Reinstate Anti-terror Legislation The 10th anniversary of 9/11 will understandably feature Americans, but another North American statesman, Canadian Premier Stephen Harper, will be a major participant both in the United States and in practical terms in Canada as well.