Thursday, January 16, 2014


'Israel will make Hamas suffer if Gaza rocket fire continues' The Islamist Hamas movement is probably not responsible for a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of Gaza where it rules, but will be made to suffer if the salvoes continue.

In Iran, Basij paramilitary holds sway With a presence in nearly every city and town across Iran, the paramilitary Basij volunteer corps has an ever-increasing influence on life in the Islamic Republic.

Jordan's king urges Israel to seize moment created by Kerry Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to Jordan on Thursday for talks with the king on the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiation.

American Aid to Egypt May be Restored Congress is prepared to allow U.S. President Barack Obama to restore $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.

China's Treasury Holdings Climb to Record in Government Data China's holdings of U.S. Treasuries increased $12.2 billion to a record $1.317 trillion in November.

UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy The Vatican has been confronted publicly for the first time over the sexual abuse of children by clergy, at a UN hearing in Geneva.

France 'underestimated' Central African Republic hatred Gerard Araud told a UN meeting on Wednesday that African Union and French forces were confronting a "nearly impossible" situation.

'Reform or we leave EU,' warns British chancellor The UK will leave the European Union if the bloc refuses to reform.

EU should confront Russia on Ukraine Much has been said about the sins of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

'Israel Has Given Up All Moral Boundaries on Abortion' Israel's newly-passed health budget for 2014 includes a significant increase in government funding for legal abortions.