Wednesday, September 14, 2011


* Eurozone crisis could rip EU apart: officials The eurozone crisis could wreck the European Union, top EU officials warned on Wednesday.

* Israeli officials: Jordan hanging by a thread As the US steps up its effort to prevent a Palestinian unilateral bid to declare statehood, Israeli officials fear a new eastern front in the form of Jordan.

* PA 'Offers' Israel: Accept Demands or Face the UN The Palestinian Authority tried to climb off a high diplomatic limb Wednesday.

* Egypt's Islamists warn Erdogan: Don't seek Middle East domination Egypt's most powerful Islamist group warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that his country should not seek to dominate the Middle East.

* Palestinian ambassador to US wants Jew-free state The Palestinian Ambassador to the United States Maen Rashid Areikat said on Tuesday in Washington that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)opposes the immediate presence of Jews and gays in an independent Palestinian state.

* Survey shows US losing interest in EU People in the US and in Turkey have told a major pollster that relations with Asian countries are more important for their future than relations with the EU.

* Iran tests new smart bombs Iran's fleet of fighter jets has been equipped with new anti-missile capability.

* Poland warns of war 'in 10 years' as EU leaders scramble to contain panic Germany, France and the European Commission are scrambling to contain panic and "quash rumours" about a eurozone break-up.

* Iraq unrest: Shooting and bombs hit security forces A car bomb detonated at about 08:00 (05:00 GMT) close to a restaurant used by security forces near the central city of Hilla, killing at least 15.

* Diplomatic flurry ahead of Palestinian UN bid A high-level U.S. team kicked off a new round of shuttle diplomacy on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to contain the diplomatic fallout from the Palestinian statehood push.