Friday, May 24, 2013


* Israel says Iran unaffected by world pressure Israel's prime minister says a new report by the U.N. atomic agency shows that international pressure is having no effect on halting Iran's suspect nuclear program.

* Column One: Thank you, Hafez Assad The threats emanating from Syria have become downright frightening.

* 'Anonymous' a little less so, thanks to Israeli hackers After April's largely unsuccessful campaign by Anonymous and Arab hackers, #OpIsrael, to ├ó€┼ôremove Israel from the Internet," a second round of hack attacks against Israeli sites, "OpIsrael Reloaded," is planned for Saturday.

* Kerry urges renewed talks, not a settlement freeze US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel's government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction.

* Israel low in global popularity ranking A poll released Tuesday by the BBC confirms Israel remains one of the world's least popular countries.

* Hague: Israel losing UK support due to settlements Israel has lost support in Britain and other European countries over time due to settlement activities.

* Russia says Syria agrees in principle to conference Russia said on Friday the Syrian government had agreed in principle to attend an international peace conference proposed by Russia and the United States.

* Sinai is becoming a major threat to Egypt There was a happy ending for the six policemen and the soldier kidnapped last week in the Sinai Peninsula.

* New book: Could Germany have a Jewish chancellor? A new novel about a neo-Nazi plot to assassinate Germany's first Jewish candidate for Chancellor has shed a timely light on the right-wing extremist violence.

* Britain braces for possible copycat attacks Britain is bracing for clashes with right-wing extremists and possible copycat terror attacks after the brutal slaying of a young soldier.