Saturday, April 11, 2015


* Israel: Iran's latest demands prove nuke deal unworkable The demand by Iran's leaders for the immediate lifting of all sanctions on the day a deal on its nuclear program takes effect represents proof that the US-led powers are adopting an unworkable approach to thwarting Iran's push to the bomb, Israeli sources said Friday.

* 'Iran helping Hamas, Hezbollah build fleet of suicide drones' Iran is building an explosive fleet of so-called "suicide kamikaze drones" while also providing know-how on assembling these new weapons to its terrorist allies Hamas and Hezbollah, according to a new report commissioned by the US Army.

* Russian Fighter Jet Nearly Collides with U.S. Spy Jet Over Europe A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow.

* Putin to meet with Palestinian leader Abbas Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday.

* Military sites not open for inspection under nuclear deal, senior Iranian army official says Iran's military sites will never be open for inspection under a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported a senior Iranian commander as saying.

* Poll: Most Americans don't believe Iran will comply with terms of deal A poll conducted by the NBC news network and published Thursday in the United States found that 68 percent of Americans do not believe Iran will comply with the terms of a nuclear deal signed with the international coalition.

* In Mideast, religious wars often a front for political rivalries Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.

* Qur'an read inside Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years It was once the grandest cathedral in the Christian world, surpassing anything in Rome or anywhere else - until the Muslim conquest of Constantinople on May 29, 1453.

* Iran deal could stumble on sensitive nuclear monitoring Beefing up international monitoring of Iran's nuclear work could become the biggest stumbling block to a final accord between Tehran and major powers, despite a preliminary deal reached last week.

* Russian Hackers Have Been in White House System for Months, Officials Say Russian hackers penetrated the White House non-public, non-classified computer system for several months last year, forcing the White House to shut down the system for several days, U.S. officials said.