Wednesday, July 31, 2013


* 'The Israeli Government Has Surrendered the Temple Mount' In an "unprecedented" move, police on Wednesday informed Jewish groups that the Temple Mount will be closed to all non-Muslims until at least the end of Ramadan.

* Analysts predict Iran able to produce atom bomb by mid-2014 Iran is expected to achieve a "critical capability" to produce sufficient weapon-grade uranium by mid-2014.

* Egypt's cabinet orders police to end pro-Morsi sit-ins Egypt's military-backed government has ordered police to end sit-ins by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the capital Cairo.

* Syria's Assad on popularity campaign with new Instagram account Syrian President Bashar Assad is on a campaign to increase popular support by opening up an Instagram account last week.

* Ashton: Revived talks opens new doors for EU contribution to peace, security The revival of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians "opens new doors" for developing further European Unioncontribution to peace and security in the region.

* Anti-Semitism in Sweden Forces Jews to Question their Future Attacks against Jews in Malmoe, Sweden's third largest city, have left members of the community questioning their future.

* Eurozone economic confidence rises Economic confidence in the 17-nation eurozone rose in July reaching the highest point since April last year.

* Temple Mount shut to non-Muslims till after Ramadan The Joint Committee of Temple Organizations condemned on Wednesday the closure of the Temple Mount to non-Jewish visitors for the last two weeks of Ramadan.

* Obama Sending McCain and Graham to Egypt Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain said Tuesday they're traveling to Egypt next week at President Barack Obama's request.

* All issues to be on the table, Kerry says as peace talks kick off Israel and the Palestinians have no choice but to reach a full peace agreement.