* Netanyahu holding elections so he is free to deal with Iran in September-October Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling early elections so that he and his government will be free to deal with Iran's nuclear program this September-October.
* Egypt imposes curfew in Cairo amid violence Egypt's army imposed an overnight curfew around the defence ministry in Cairo on Friday.
* Russia Threatens Arms Race And Preemptive Strike Against ABMs I'm going to violate the first law of punditry by conceding that I don't get it when addressing Russia's moves on the eve of a crucial missile defense conference with NATO in Moscow.
* Israel's atomic arsenal could fall victim to a new U.S. nuclear policy On February 17, Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Hiroshima memorial for the victims of the first atomic bomb used on people in human history.
* Hundreds of Jordanians protest Israel peace deal Hundreds of Jordanians burned Israeli and US flags in Amman on Friday and called for the cancellation of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace accord.
* EU PLOT TO SCRAP BRITAIN A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy.
* Sarkozy's chances fade two days before French runoff Opinion polls suggested Sarkozy could squeeze Socialist challenger Francois Hollande's lead down to around five percentage points from as much as 10 in the last few days.
* Johns Hopkins Astronomer Discovers How Black Holes Work Johns Hopkins is again at the center of groundbreaking research.
* Google Street View exposes secret Israeli base Classified details about a secret base in the Tel Aviv area have been exposed by Google Street View.
* IAEA: Access to Iran army site 'priority' in talks Gaining access to a key Iranian military facility will be the priority for the UN nuclear watchdog when it resumes talks with the Islamic state in mid-May.