Saturday, July 07, 2012


* Abbas: We'll open new Arafat probe 'if necessary' The PA will open a new investigation into the death of former PLO chairman Yasser Arafat "if necessary."

* Moscow may hand Iran S-300, breach arms embargo if Assad ousted Moscow has removed the gloves in its defense of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.

* WRAPUP 2-Syria's fighting spills into Lebanon, five killed Syria's conflict spilled further into Lebanon on Saturday when mortar fire from President Bashar al-Assad's forces hit villages in the north.

* Iran's military chief: We have a plan for Hormuz closure, but will only use it if threatened Iran has prepared a plan for closing the Strait of Hormuz but will only use it if threatened.

* Turmoil returns to stock markets and euro Spain's borrowing costs soared back to crisis levels on Friday.

* Joyful Libyans brave violence to grasp free vote Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on Saturday.

* Israeli draft pits secular Jews vs. ultra-Orthodox Deep in the heart of Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem bastion of hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of bearded young men in black suits have their noses burrowed into books.

* Egypt's Morsi to Saudi on first trip as president President Mohamed Morsi will head to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on his first foreign visit as Egypt's head of state.

* UN rights body to probe Israel settlements The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to probe Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

* Higgs Boson: Physicists See Best Proof Yet of 'The God Particle' After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the "strongest indication to date" to prove the existence of the Higgs boson.