Tuesday, November 13, 2012


* Israel considers resumption of Gaza assassinations Israel is considering resuming its contentious practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

* Nasrallah touts lack of IDF response to drone as sign of Hezbollah's might Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Israel's lack of response to the drone that entered its airspace in October was a sign of the Shiite militia's newfound strength.

* Google report reveals sharp increase in government requests for users' data Government surveillance of citizens' online lives is rising sharply around the world, according to Google's latest report.

* Egypt's Constitution Draft Based on Islam Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led government is suggesting that the country's new constitution be based on the principles of Islam.

* Abbas Confirms UN Bid for November 29 Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday that the PA will present its bid for non-state UN membership.

* Iran unveils new missile systems during army drills Iran unveiled new missile and artillery systems on Tuesday.

* 'Over 50% chance for Iran conflict in coming year' David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN, has said that the chances for conflict with Iran erupting in the next two to 24 months are greater than 50 percent.

* David Petraeus CIA scandal engulfs US Gen John Allen One of the most senior generals in the US military has been linked to a woman involved in the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus.

* Arafat's Tomb Sealed Off in Preparation of Exhumation Workers have sealed off the tomb of former Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in preparation for the possible exhumation of his body.

* Mossad tried to kill Saddam in the 1970s In the 1970s, long before the West saw Saddam Hussein as a potentially mass-murdering despot, the Mossad tried to kill him with a bomb hidden in a book.