Tuesday, April 16, 2013


* Israel celebrates 65 years of independence The annual torch-lighting ceremony at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl marked the end of Remembrance Day on Monday evening and touched off Israel's 65th Independence Day celebrations.

* Gantz: IDF can attack Iranian nuclear sites on its own The IDF has the ability to attack the Iranian nuclear sites without help from other nations.

* Boston bombs: FBI probes deadly marathon 'terror' blasts An investigation is under way after two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon left three people dead and at least 140 injured.

* Major earthquake strikes south-east Iran Iran has been struck by its most powerful earthquake for nearly 40 years, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East.

* Iranian Official Repeats Threat to Raze Haifa and Tel Aviv A senior Iranian military commander repeated on Monday the threats that the Iranian Armed Forces are capable of razing Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.

* North Korea vows blitz attack on South warning 'retaliation will start without notice' "The supreme command of the Korean People's Army Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the South Korean puppet group."

* Hamas Bulldozes Heritage Site For Use As Terror Training Camp UN Watch, an independent Geneva-based monitoring group, has sent a letter to UNESCO, calling on the international body to take immediate action to stop Hamas from bulldozing of a 3000-year-old Gaza harbor for use as a terrorist training camp.

* Syria's Muslim Brotherhood: There's No Extremism in Syria Syria's Muslim Brotherhood sought on Monday to defuse fears that Islamist extremists were seizing Syrian territory, saying that a "united front" controlled land captured by the rebels.

* Syria crisis: UN issues rare joint appeal for action In a statement, the chiefs of the WHO, Unicef, Ocha, WFP and UNHCR urged political leaders to use their influence to solve the crisis.

* China 'reveals army structure' in defence white paper China has revealed the structure of its military units, in what state-run media describe as a first.