Halt in Iran oil could push crude up 30%: IMF

Iran Set to Turn Off Oil Supply to Europe
The European Union embargo on Iranian oil will only come into effect in six months, but the leadership in Tehran wants to act first: Exports to Europe are set to be halted immediately. It is a move which could mean added difficulties for struggling economies in southern Europe.

The Iranian oil embargo: does this mean war?
The EU has decided on sanctions that Tehran has long said would represent a declaration of war. What will follow?

Nuclear row: Iran President Ahmadinejad offers talks
Iran is ready to revive talks with the West but tougher sanctions will not force it to give in to demands over its nuclear programme, its president says.

China says EU ban on Iran oil not “constructive”
China on Thursday criticized the European Union for banning oil imports from Iran, Beijing’s third biggest crude supplier and a major trading partner.

Halt in Iran oil could push crude up 30%: IMF
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Wednesday that global crude prices could rise as much as 30 per cent if Iran halts oil exports as a result of United States (US) and European Union (EU) sanctions.

US has arrested Iranian scientist
The United States has arrested and charged an Iranian semiconductor scientist with violating U.S. export laws by buying high-tech U.S. lab equipment, a development likely to further worsen Iranian-U.S. tensions.

What are the experts saying about Iran?
American and Israeli security experts warn that a military strike on Iran would fail to stop its nuclear program, provide the Iranian regime with additional impetus to pursue a nuclear weapon, and risk igniting a regional war that would expose Israeli citizens and even Americans to devastating retaliation.

‘Massive’ Blockade Needed to Stop Iran Threat, Steinitz Says
A “massive” aerial and naval blockade of Iran, reminiscent of the 1962 U.S. quarantine of Cuba, is needed to stop the Islamic regime from pursuing nuclear weapons, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

US/Israel: Iran NOT Building Nukes
Exclusive: Recent comments by U.S and Israeli military leaders indicate that the intelligence services of the two countries agree that Iran has not decided to build a nuclear bomb, a crack in the Western narrative that the U.S. press corps won’t accept, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

Robert Fisk: We’ve been here before – and it suits Israel that we never forget ‘Nuclear Iran’

Pups on Parade: EU Obediently Pushes Toward War with Iran

Aid group halts work in Libya over ‘torture’
Medecins Sans Frontieres suspends work in Misrata prisons where doctors are asked to “patch up tortured detainees”.

Arms from Libya could reach Boko Haram, al Qaeda – U.N.
The Libyan civil war may have given militant groups in Africa’s Sahel region like Boko Haram and al Qaeda access to large weapons caches, according to a U.N. report released on Thursday.

In Libya, rebels still dominate Tripoli streets
Despite repeated pledges by Libya’s transitional government to find jobs for the rebel fighters who forced Moammar Gaddafi from power, tens of thousands of them are still operating in armed militia groups, patrolling streets and guarding buildings in Tripoli and other cities.

Medical group claims torture in Libyan prisons
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday it has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because it said detainees are being tortured and denied urgent medical care.

The human rights “success” in Libya
It quickly became ossified conventional wisdom that NATO’s war in Libya to aid rebel factions in overthrowing Moammar Gaddafi was a clear human rights victory. But the reality in post-Gaddafi Libya has long been in tension with that claim, and that’s true today more so than ever.

Iraq says to take legal action for Haditha victims
Iraq plans legal action on behalf of families of victims killed by U.S. troops in a 2005 massacre after the last soldier involved was spared jail time by a guilty plea with military authorities, a government spokesman said Thursday.

Syrian troops fight rebels near Damascus
A 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad edged closer to the Syrian capital on Thursday as troops battled rebels in a town just north of Damascus and a provincial governor spoke of negotiating local ceasefires.

62 killed as Arab League heads to UN with Syria plan
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said he would brief the United Nations Security Council on a plan to end 11 months of bloodshed in Syria, which claimed another 62 lives on Thursday.

50 killed in Syria as Arabs go to U.N.

Head of Syrian Red Crescent killed as Gulf Arab states pull observers from country

Saudi Arabia to recognize Syrian National Council: report
Saudi Arabia will recognize the Syrian National Council as the “official representative” of the Syrian people, a senior member of the opposition group said in remarks published on Friday.

Australia urges UN action on Syria

Russia Won’t Give up Support for Syria
Russian Experts and Analysts: AL Stance towards Syria Serves the West and U.S., Russia Won’t Give up Support for Syria

Russia to promote its own Syria resolution at U.N.

Putin accuses US of attempts to dominate world
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of attempts to dominate the world and challenging internal political procedures in other countries as a tool for achieving that goal.

NATO chief: No summit with Russia without a deal on missile defence
Brussels – There will be no summit with Russia in May if there is no deal by then on missile defence cooperation, NATO’s chief said Thursday.

Ukraine: Activist protest arrival of US Navy ship
Anti-Western activists in southern Ukraine have protested the arrival of a U.S. Navy ship that will take part in joint military drills.

20 militants killed in Pakistan
Islamabad, Jan 26 : At least 20 militants were killed and 22 Pakistani soldiers injured in a gun-battle in the northwest tribal region early Thursday.

Thousands of Nato trucks in Pakistan backlog
Two months into Pakistan’s blockade on Nato supplies crossing into Afghanistan, thousands of trucks are crowding the port in Karachi where drivers, fed up with waiting, are starting to desert.

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?
The Navy is testing an autonomous plane that will land on an aircraft carrier. The prospect of heavily armed aircraft screaming through the skies without direct human control is unnerving to many.

How Swedes and Norwegians broke the power of the ’1 percent’
While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice. Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle.

Palestinian leader Barghuti demands 1967 borders
The Middle East conflict will end only when Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 lines and a Palestinian state is established, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghuti said Wednesday in a rare court appearance.

Papua New Guinea military coup fails
Government troops regain control of army barracks and top military commander is released but peace remains fragile.

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