01 Feb 10
'Iran will deliver telling blow to global powers on Feb. 11'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year's anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. "The Islamic Revolution opened a window to liberty for the human race, which was trapped in the dead ends of materialism," Ahmadinejad said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday. "If the Islamic Revolution had not occurred, liberalism and Marxism would have crushed all human dignity in their power-seeking and money-grubbing claws. Nothing would have remained of human and spiritual principles," he added.
PM receives Berlusconi: Close friend of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a reception for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at his office in Jerusalem. Berlusconi, who is visiting Israel with eight of his cabinet ministers, said, "There is great passion to bring Israel into the European Union as long as I am an active player." Netanyahu said in response, that Italy is a close friend of Israel.
Iraq says can be top global oil producer in 6-7 yrs
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said on Saturday he expected Iraq to become the world's top oil producer in six to seven years, and that OPEC should take into account Iraq's need to rebuild its economy. Emerging from the shadow of war and keen to generate petrodollars to rebuild, Baghdad looks set to lift capacity to 12 million barrels per day in six or seven years, strengthening its hand for future negotiations on output quotas with OPEC. "We can't find a reason to prevent Iraqi production becoming higher than any other OPEC state or even states outside OPEC. We expect that to happen in the next six to seven years with coordination and agreement with other OPEC producers," he said.
Russia's Lukoil signs final deal with Iraq to develop supergiant oil field
A consortium led by Russia's energy giant Lukoil signed on Sunday the final contract with the Iraqi Oil Ministry to develop the West Qurna Phase 2 oil field in southern Iraq. Lukoil, partnered with Norway's Statoil ASA, will develop the oilfield to produce 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) from its proven reserves of 12.88 billion barrels of oil. West Qurna Phase 2 is one of the world's biggest undeveloped oil fields.- Estimated at 115 billion barrels, Iraq holds the world's third largest proven oil reserves, only after Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Britain coldest January in 23 years
Britain had its coldest January for more than 20 years. It was also drier and sunnier than average, according to climatologist Philip Eden. He said: "Although the second half of the month was unremarkable temperature-wise, the severity of the cold period during the first half was such that January turned out to be the coldest since 1987, and the ninth coldest in the last 100 years.
Iraqi police: Female suicide bomber kills 46
A female suicide bomber walking among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad detonated an explosives belt on Monday, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 122, officials said.
The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont
"For the first time in over 150 years, secession and political independence from the U.S. will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign," said Thomas Naylor, 73, one of the leaders of the campaign.
Mount of Olives cemetery goes online
The oldest Jewish cemetery in the world is now online. A new website mapping out the graves on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem has been launched.
America’s false messiah
A year into Barack Obama’s term in office, he has joined a long list of false messiahs. Jewish history features several such messiahs, and now it’s America’s turn to have one.
Israel allows Palestinians to grab foothold in capital
Under intense American pressure, Israel has silently agreed to allow the Palestinian Authority to open official institutions in eastern sections of Jerusalem
World's most powerful laser to trigger fusion reaction this year
Scientists in the US are preparing for the dramatic moment when the world's most powerful laser unleashes the nuclear force that lights up the sun and achieves ''ignition''. At that moment, 192 laser beams housed in a building the size of three football pitches will focus on a target the size of a peppercorn to trigger a self-sustaining fusion reaction.
Obama's false claims taken to task
President Obama made two claims in his State of the Union speech about the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case that are "categorically and undeniable false."
Mexico mass shootings kill 23 in one day
Witnesses said the gunmen drove up to the house in several cars, first shooting at people gathered outside the dwelling, then pursuing some of the youngsters who jumped over a fence to get away.
PA Sheikh: Jail for Arabs Who Work with Jews
The supreme spiritual authority of the Palestinian Authority, Sheikh Taisar Tamimi, rules that Arabs who work in Jewish construction are traitors and must be imprisoned. The ruling also includes Arabs who take part in archaeological digs by the Israel Antiquities Authority in eastern Jerusalem, or who work with other Jewish organizations in the old city of Jerusalem.
Deputy FM: Israel-U.S. relations have never been better
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon declared Monday that Israel's relations with the United States have "never been better", telling delegates to the Herzliya Conference that the allies' ties go well beyond dealing with the Middle East conflict. "What makes the U.S. special is the fact that it has maintained its good relations with Israel over the years," Ayalon declared in his address on the second day of the annual conference. "Its support is not based on the financial pockets of the Arab states.
Israel offered 'territories for negotiations'
Israel has agreed to hand over additional West Bank areas to the Palestinians as a trust-building measure, Palestinians sources said Sunday morning when referring to US special envoy George Mitchell's efforts to resume peace talks between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Authority. The claim has not been confirmed by Israeli officials.
More than 1,200 tiny quakes hit Yellowstone Park, but jitters are few
Yellowstone National Park is shaking again, but jitters seem few so far. Over eight days, more than 1,270 mostly tiny earthquakes have struck between Old Faithful and West Yellowstone. The strongest dozen or so have ranged between magnitudes 3.0 and 3.8. That's strong enough to feel - barely. The vast majority have been too weak to be felt even nearby.
Scientists say crack HIV/AIDS puzzle for drugs
Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV. British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which is found in retroviruses like HIV and is a target for some of the newest HIV medicines.
US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles
Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran. The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries – Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait – and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.
China accuses US of arrogance over Taiwan deal
China's state media has accused the United States of "arrogance" and "double standards" in pursuing arms sales to Taiwan. The state-run China Daily and the Global Times also warned that China's threats of retaliation were real. The Obama administration approved the $6.4bn arms sale to Taiwan last week.
US to resume shortly Haiti medical evacuation flights
The US will resume emergency evacuation flights for critically injured Haitian quake victims on Monday, the White House has said. Airlifts stopped last Wednesday after Florida's governor said his state's healthcare system was being swamped. Doctors warned that scores of people would die unless flights resumed.
Obama to skip EU-US summit in Madrid
US President Barack Obama is likely to skip this year's EU-US summit to be held by the Spanish presidency in Madrid, as he is focusing more on the domestic agenda, according to press reports. The White House has decided that Mr Obama will not attend the summit with the European Union in May, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials.
Russian protest inspired by EU neighbours
The leader of the largest anti-government protest in Russia for almost a decade has said that his region's proximity to EU countries is producing an appetite for political change. Between 7,000 and 12,000 people held a rally in Kaliningrad on Saturday (30 January) in a demonstration that had initially targeted local tax hikes but which ended in calls for more democracy and for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign.
Libya strikes billion-dollar Russian arms deal
Libya has struck a deal to buy Russian arms worth almost two billion dollars, Russian news agencies quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying Saturday. "Yesterday (Friday), a contract worth 1.3 billion euros (1.8 billion dollars) was signed. It does not only involve firearms", Putin was quoted as saying by Ria Novosti and Interfax. Putin was speaking following a meeting with the head of the Izhmash factory, which manufactures Kalashnikov rifles.
Obama's $3.8 trillion budget heading to Congress
President Barack Obama's proposed budget predicts the national deficit will crest at a record-breaking almost $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year, then start to recede in 2011 to just below $1.3 trillion.
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