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Shimon Peres: Deal
24 Nov 2013 16:54

Shimon Peres: Deal's success in the hands of Iranian people

President Shimon Peres released a statement Sunday regarding the deal reached between Iran and P۵+۱ powers Saturday night. Peres, unlike other Israeli government officials, did not reject the deal outright. He did express some reservations, however. "Last night a deal was signed between the P۵+۱ ...

 
Afghan council approves US security deal, but Karzai won
24 Nov 2013 16:39

Afghan council approves US security deal, but Karzai won't sign 'immediately'

Afghanistan's president says he won't immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders that he do so by the end of the year. Hamid Karzai spoke after the Loya Jirga issued its statement on Sunday. He argued Afghanistan needed ...

 
Egypt expels Turkey
23 Nov 2013 20:51

Egypt expels Turkey's ambassador

Egypt says it has asked Turkey's ambassador to leave and accused the country of backing unnamed organisations bent on spreading instability. Saturday's decision to expel Huseyin Avni Botsali, the Turkish ambassador, apparently follows remarks made by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish prime minister, that ...

 
U.S. official: Israel
22 Nov 2013 21:16

U.S. official: Israel's position on Iran could lead to war

A top White House official has declared that Israel’s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war. According to JTA, the unnamed official made the comments in a conference call on Wednesday with think tanks and advocacy groups ...

 
US Says ‘no need’ to apologize for killing Afghan civilians
20 Nov 2013 17:53

US Says ‘no need’ to apologize for killing Afghan civilians

Washington said on Tuesday there was no need to apologize to Kabul for ‘mistakes’ and civilian suffering due to US strikes and operation in Afghanistan.Susan Rice President Barack Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice made the US position clear following suggestions from the Afghans ...

 
Israel reserves right to act after powers reach deal with Iran
16 Nov 2013 20:30

Israel reserves right to act after powers reach deal with Iran

Home Security Minister Gilead Erdan said Saturday that Israel does not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium. in a radio interview, he said that if Tehran is allowed to advance up to the threshold of a nuclear weapon, Israel will consider all its options including the militlary one. He ...

 
Secret Israeli document to White House shows how US strategy shortens route to Iranian nuclear weapon
15 Nov 2013 16:25

Secret Israeli document to White House shows how US strategy shortens route to Iranian nuclear weapon

Israel sent the White House in Washington a confidential document outlining blow by blow how and when Iran will attain a nuclear weapon if the Obama-Kerry strategy for dealing with the issue goes through. The document was addressed to the National Security Council headed by Susan Rice, DEBKAfile reports....

 
Progress in Iran talks, powers must
9 Nov 2013 19:37

Progress in Iran talks, powers must 'seize moment': U.K.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Saturday that talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva were making progress and that world powers needed to seize the chance for a historic deal. "These negotiations have made very good progress and continue to make progress," Hague told journalists ...

 
Soros pledges $1 million to war-ravaged Syria
8 Nov 2013 14:57

Soros pledges $1 million to war-ravaged Syria

Billionaire financier George Soros is pledging $۱ million for humanitarian efforts in war-ravaged Syria. Soros announced the pledge to the International Rescue Committee on Wednesday night after receiving its Freedom Award in recognition of his lifelong support for human rights and an open society. ...

 
Saudi Arabia urges arming Syria militants
6 Nov 2013 18:21

Saudi Arabia urges arming Syria militants

Former Saudi intelligence agency chief has demanded sending more arms to foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting the Syrian government, expressing concern that the continuation of war in the country would endanger Israeli. Prince Turki al-Faisal made the remarks in an interview with American daily ...

 
Israeli expert: Effective action against Iranian nukes no longer possible
6 Nov 2013 18:17

Israeli expert: Effective action against Iranian nukes no longer possible

An Israeli expert says that effective military action against Iran's nuclear capability is no longer possible, and that Israel, together with affected Arab countries, needs to think about containment. Prof. Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel ...

 
EU needs its own spies to keep an eye on the Americans, claims top official
6 Nov 2013 18:10

EU needs its own spies to keep an eye on the Americans, claims top official

Ms Redin wants the EU to have its own set of spooks by ۲۰۲۰ after revelations the US had been spying on ۳۵ world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. An EU official said the Ms Redin had not discussed the idea with her fellow commissioners and such a proposal would need a treaty change....

 
White House on lookout for European leader to tackle supreme leader of Iran
5 Nov 2013 18:05

White House on lookout for European leader to tackle supreme leader of Iran

In the hope of saving the foundering nuclear talks with Tehran, the White House is looking for a European leader of high caliber to tackle Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, DEBKAfile reports.Both Ayatollah Khamenei and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said this week that they ...

 
‘West may offer Iran cash for halting nuclear program’
5 Nov 2013 18:01

‘West may offer Iran cash for halting nuclear program’

One-time payment from frozen oil revenues would provide immediate relief without lifting sanctions, reports London Times

 
Iranians mark US Embassy takeover anniversary
4 Nov 2013 12:46

Iranians mark US Embassy takeover anniversary

Iranians across the country mark the ۳۴th anniversary of the ۱۹۷۹ takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran, dubbed the “den of espionage,” Press TV reports. As in previous years, Iranians from all walks of life are holding nationwide rallies to mark the historic takeover of the former US Embassy in ...

 
Amidror: Iran must be stopped, one way or another
4 Nov 2013 12:37

Amidror: Iran must be stopped, one way or another

National Security Council director Yaakov Amidror said Sunday that Iran's nuclear program is the single existential threat Israel faces today. Amidror, who is retiring, made the comments at an event in which he turned over his responsibilities to Yossi Cohen, his replacement. Amidror said that Israel ...

 
Turkish president: Syria could become like Afghanistan
4 Nov 2013 12:35

Turkish president: Syria could become like Afghanistan

Turkey’s president warned on Sunday that Syria risks becoming "Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean." Speaking to the British Guardian, President Abdullah Gul said that the Syrian nation is dying as an indifferent world looks on. Radicalization of ordinary people by Islamist ...

 
3 Nov 2013 17:14

'Saudis to boost military support for Syrian rebels, independent of US'

Washington Post reports Saudis leading push for parallel operation to aid rebels amid disillusionment with US.

 
Jordan king says he will press ahead with reforms
3 Nov 2013 17:06

Jordan king says he will press ahead with reforms

Jordan's King Abdullah II promised Sunday to press ahead with a wide-ranging package of reforms, amending elections laws that the opposition says favor pro-palace candidates and overhauling a public sector widely seen rife with corruption and nepotism. Addressing parliament, Abdullah said his "...

 
Davutoglu: Turkey will never cooperate with Israel against a Muslim country
2 Nov 2013 19:49

Davutoglu: Turkey will never cooperate with Israel against a Muslim country

Turkey on Saturday denied any involvement in the reported attack in Latakia, Syria on Wednesday, which allegedly targeted “missiles and related equipment” meant for Lebanese group Hezbollah. Turkish Foreign Minister Agmet Davutoglu said Saturday: “There is an attempt to give the impression ...