Saturday, September 6, 2008


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Terror cells scope El Al crew in Toronto with attack in mindPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:07amTerror cells have recently been seen observing El Al crew members in Toronto, apparently in preparation for a terror attack targeting airline personnel. This appears to be the first time Israeli airline crews have been specifically targeted by terrorists, although Israeli businessmen abroad have already been warned that Hezbollah may attempt to abduct them. Full Story

Syria makes peace proposals to IsraelPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:08amSyrian President Bashar Assad has disclosed that his country has handed proposals for peace with Israel to Turkish mediators. Full Story

East J'lem could be Palestinian capitalPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:09amDefense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that east Jerusalem could be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Full Story

Assad warns against 'fragile' security in LebanonPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:10amSyrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Thursday that the security situation in Lebanon was "fragile" and urged Beirut to combat foreign-backed extremism in the north of the country. Full Story

UN peacekeeper killed by blast in south LebanonPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:10amA United Nations peacekeeper in south Lebanon was killed by an explosion Wednesday while clearing unexploded ordnance, a U.N. official said. Full Story

Gaza hospitals partly paralyzed after strikesPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:11amA walkout of medical staff throughout Gaza has strained services at hospitals and clinics throughout the territory, the latest in a series of crippling strikes that are deepening bitter divisions between Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and loyalists of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Full Story

Undated video shows Qaeda leader reported killedPosted on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 4:09amAl Qaeda issued on Friday an Internet video featuring senior group leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid who was reported to have been killed last month, but it was not immediately clear when the footage was made.

The video profiled a suicide bomber who it said carried out the June 2 attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad, which killed six people, as a retaliation for the publication of cartoons of Islam's Prophet Mohammad by Danish newspapers. Full Story

Police use tear gas to disperse protestorsPosted on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 4:11amPolice arrested an estimated 200 anti-war protesters Thursday night after using tear gas and percussion grenades to disperse a crowd near the State Capitol, about a mile from the Republican National Convention. Police used the gas when dozens of marchers -- most in their 20s, some chanting "F--- the police! F--- the police! F--- 'em!" -- tried to cross a bridge leading to the Xcel Center convention site after being warned not to. Full Story

Venezuela to control fuel distributionPosted on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 4:12amLawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez gave final approval on Thursday to a bill allowing the Venezuelan government to seize total control of the nation's fuel distribution. Under the law, distributors including subsidiaries of British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., will have 60 days to negotiate the sale of their businesses to the government or face expropriation. Full Story

Deadly 'foreign raid' in PakistanPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 8:04amForeign troops based in Afghanistan have attacked targets inside north-west Pakistan, killing at least 15 people, witnesses and officials say. The governor of North West Frontier Province called it an "outrageous" assault on Pakistan's sovereignty. Full Story

Thai capital stand-off continuesPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 8:05amA stand-off between protesters and the Thai government has shown no sign of easing, as a state of emergency in Bangkok entered a second day. Thousands of demonstrators seeking the government's resignation remain in official compounds in the capital. Full Story

Somali pirates 'kidnap tourists'Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 8:09amA vessel carrying an unspecified number of French tourists has been hijacked off the Somali coast, officials say. The BBC's Ahmed Ali says a delegation of officials from the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland has gone to Eyl port to investigate the report. Full Story

Iraqi army readies for showdown with KurdsPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:11amIraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces are bracing for conflict in the disputed city of Khanaqin in the most serious threat of clashes between Arabs and Kurds since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Full Story

Israeli embassies are new Hezbollah targetPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:13amIsraeli intelligence experts increasingly think Hezbollah is determined to attack an Israeli target - most likely Israeli embassies or officials abroad, especially in third-world countries - to avenge the assassination of one of Hezbollah's top leaders. Full Story

Iran, Bolivia are alliesPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:14amIran and Bolivia will ''stick by each other'' said hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, in comments sure to provoke concern in Washington. Full Story

Iran bans Al-Arabiya reporterPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:15amIran on Tuesday banned the Tehran bureau chief for the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel and told him to leave the country as soon as possible, the network said. Full Story

Baghdad touched by war even as security takes holdPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:15amSalam Dawood sat in his car stuck in traffic. A mother and her two sons shuffled among the vehicles, begging for money when a roadside bomb exploded. Full Story

Controversial lawmaker to address Islam conferencePosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 9:19amAn Israeli lawmaker says a controversial Dutch legislator and filmmaker will speak at an upcoming Jerusalem conference on combatting radical Islam. Full Story

Experts: IRA is disappearing in IrelandPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:27amThe Irish Republican Army is fading away in Northern Ireland and poses no security threat to the British territory, international experts concluded Wednesday in another landmark for peacemaking.

The governments of Britain and Ireland heralded the report of the Independent Monitoring Commission as the effective obituary of the IRA. Both appealed to local British Protestant leaders to accept the experts' verdict and deepen, not weaken, their cooperation with Irish Catholics in a partnership government. Full Story

Thai PM says will not quit or dissolve parliamentPosted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 5:30amThai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said on Thursday he would neither quit nor dissolve parliament in the face of a three-month old street campaign by opposition activists. "I can tell you I will not quit, I will not dissolve parliament," Samak said in a radio address to the nation. Full Story

UK, Australia, Asian Nations Issue Thai Travel WarningsPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 5:18amThailand's key tourism industry faces a wave of cancelations as Australia, the United Kingdom, and several Asian nations told citizens to be vigilant or possibly avoid the country outright after deadly clashes and a lockdown in the capital, Bangkok. Full Story

Police break up protest in Russia's IngushetiaPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:27amPolice in the Russian region of Ingushetia used batons to break up an anti-government protest on Tuesday, a human rights campaigner said, two days after police shot dead an opposition leader. Full Story

Somali pirates want $8 mln to free three shipsPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:28amSomali pirates are demanding a total ransom of $8.2 million to free two Malaysian tankers and a Japanese-managed bulk carrier hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, a maritime official said on Tuesday. Full Story

Thai army chief says no possibility of a coupPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:30amThailand's powerful army chief on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of staging a new coup, hours after Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej declared a state of emergency in the capital. "There is no possibility of a coup. We must turn to the parliamentary mechanism," General Anupong Paojinda told reporters. Full Story

Thai poll agency suggests ruling party be dissolved for vote fraudPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:34amThailand's election commission on Tuesday called for disbanding the ruling People Power Party over claims of vote-buying, in a fresh legal blow for the government that is facing bloody protests. Full Story

Taliban admit kidnapping Chinese engineers in PakistanPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 8:02amPakistani Taliban militants said Tuesday they had kidnapped two Chinese telecoms engineers and their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands. Full Story

17 feared dead as U.N. aid flight crashes in CongoPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 8:05amA humanitarian plane carrying 17 people -- most of them relief workers -- has crashed during a storm in a mountainous region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Tuesday. Full Story

Bolivia's Morales visits IranPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:39amMorales is expected to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "review issues of mutual interest" between the Islamic republic and the leftist South American nation, according to the national news agency IRNA. Full Story
Egypt police detain 21 Muslim Brotherhood membersPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:39amEgyptian police detained 21 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most powerful opposition group, in the Nile Delta province of Sharkia, the Brotherhood and security sources said on Thursday. Full Story

U.S. hands back a quieter Anbar ProvincePosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:41amTwo years ago, Anbar Province was the most lethal place for American forces in Iraq. A U.S. marine or soldier died in the province nearly every day, and the provincial capital, Ramadi, was a moonscape of rubble and ruins. Full Story

Israel foiled Hezbollah kidnap attemptsPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:42amIsraeli officials say security services have foiled two attempts by the Lebanese Hezbollah to kidnap Israeli businessmen. Full Story

Students flock to Jordan to study in tamer MideastPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:43amYoung Americans studying Arabic like to joke that Jordan is "Middle East Lite"  a safe way into a tumultuous region without Lebanon's violence, Syria's tense relationship with the U.S. or the Gulf's conservative culture. Full Story

Muslims' holy month of fasting startsPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:43amMost of the Muslim Mideast began the first day of Ramadan on Monday, but Iraqi Shiites, some Lebanese Shiites and Iran will start observing the holy month of fasting on Tuesday. Full Story

Iraq-US pact to go to parliament in 10 daysPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:13amA draft security deal between Washington and Baghdad on the future of US forces in Iraq is to be submitted to parliament within 10 days, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Full Story

Pro-al Qaeda Fighters Train in Gaza StripPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:16amThe masked gunmen threw themselves to the ground, rolled over and came up firing their assault rifles at an imaginary target. Full Story

U.S. Military Will Transfer Control of Sunni Citizen Patrols to Iraqi GovernmentPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:17amCome Oct. 1, the Iraqi government will take over responsibility for paying and directing the Sunni-dominated citizen patrols known as Awakening Councils that operate in and around Baghdad, American and Iraqi officials said Monday. Full Story

Israel, Syria to resume indirect peace talksPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:19amAn Israeli official would neither confirm nor deny the report, saying only that more talks were "very possible." Full Story

Egypt closes Gaza border after thousands crossPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:20amEgypt on Monday closed the border crossing between Sinai and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after a brief opening allowed thousands in and out of the besieged territory, a security official said. Full Story

Hizbullah confirms resistance member fired on helicopterPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:21amHizbullah politburo member Mahmoud Qomati confirmed on Monday that it was a 20-year old Hizbullah fighter who opened fire on the Lebanese Armed Forces helicopter last week, killing First Lieutenant Samer Hanna. Full Story

Eight people killed in Iraq bombingsPosted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:22amAt least eight people including a policeman were killed and 21 others injured on Tuesday in three separate attacks targeting Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and Mosul, police said. Full Story

Pakistani PM 'survives attack'Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 6:52amPakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has survived an assassination attempt, officials say. Two bullets from an unidentified gunman hit his car as he was travelling just outside the capital, Islamabad, his press secretary told the BBC. Full Story

Bloc pulls out of Ukraine's governing coalitionPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 6:55amUkraine's government is on the verge of collapsing again after a key bloc pulled out of the governing coalition. The rivalry between the two coalition parties' leaders President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has regularly boiled over in recent years. Full Story

Third US Navy ship heads for GeorgiaPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 6:58amA third U.S. Navy ship carrying humanitarian aid is crossing the Turkish Straits on its way to Georgia. The USS Mount Whitney steamed through the Dardanelles early Wednesday and was expected to pass through the Bosporus later in the day. The two Turkish-controlled straits link the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Full Story

Somali insurgents vow more attacks during RamadanPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 6:59amMortar shells slammed into Somalia's capital Wednesday as insurgents vowed to intensify attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the latest violence in a country that already sees near-daily outbreaks of bloodshed. Full Story

Mexican drug wars threaten U.S.Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7:00amAn escalating turf fight between warring drug cartels in Mexico is spreading into the United States with federal officials warning that deadly shootouts and ambushes along the southwestern border pose a serious threat to both U.S. law enforcement and American citizens, according to a confidential multi-agency government report. Full Story
Cyprus rivals begin peace talksPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7:02amRival leaders of the divided island of Cyprus are meeting to launch negotiations aimed at reunifying the island after 34 years of division. Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and rival Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met at a compound in Nicosia. Full Story

Philippines scraps peace panel on Muslim rebellionPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7:04amPhilippine President Gloria Arroyo scrapped Wednesday a government peace panel seeking to end a deadly and drawnout Muslim rebellion in the south, officials said, in a major shift in policy. Full Story

Report: North Korea reassembling nuclear facilityPosted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 7:05amJapanese news reports say North Korea has begun to reassemble its main nuclear facility, citing a delayed removal from a U.S. list of terror sponsors. Japan's public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News agency said North Korea started putting its Yongbyon facility back together Tuesday, days after it halted disablement work. The reports Wednesday unidentified officials related to the disarmament talks. Full Story

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