Thursday, May 24, 2012


* Iran rejects West's proposal on nuclear curbs Iranian negotiators on Thursday rejected proposals by six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

* UN: Syrian government, opposition both guilty of war crimes Syrian government forces and anti-government armed groups are both carrying out unlawful killings, torturing opponents and abusing children in the 15-month-old uprising.

* Egypt's open presidential race polarizes nation Egypt's wide-open presidential election, which was in its second day of voting Thursday, is showing how deeply polarized the nation has become.

* Abbas renews threat to take statehood bid to UN Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday renewed his threat to unilaterally seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

* Egyptians queue to cast ballots in presidential poll Queues were reported at some polling stations, and media reports said turnout was higher than on Wednesday.

* EU plans to speed up closer union to save euro A top EU official is launching a plan to rescue the eurozone by binding its 17 nations closer together.

* Israelis from FSU very connected to Judaism The million or so immigrants that came to Israel former Soviet Union during the 1990s have sometimes been accused of having tenuous ties to Judaism.

* 'We face a fight for the future of the web,' says Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt One of Google's most senior executives issued a stark warning tonight that the power of the internet to free some of the world's most oppressed people risks being overturned by autocratic governments who seek to "Balkanise" the web by controlling what can be accessed.

* Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity Iran's Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion.

* Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft.