EU agrees Iranian oil embargo

European Union agrees on Iran oil embargo
European Union nations have agreed on an oil embargo against Iran as part of sanctions over its nuclear programme.

EU agrees Iranian oil embargo
Foreign ministers’ deal in Brussels could lead to soaring fuel prices and Iran closing the strait of Hormuz

Iran ‘definitely’ closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo
Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil, the semi-official Fars news agency reports.

Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz
Britain, America and France delivered a pointed signal to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

‘Iran can shut Hormuz if threatened’
A senior member of Iran’s Majlis says it is the right of the Iranian nation to close the Strait of Hormuz if US-led Western states proceed with threats to impose an oil embargo on Iran.

Strait of Hormuz Will Stay Open, U.S. NATO Ambassador Says

Russia lashes out at EU sanctions on Iran
…says they will impede resolution of nuclear issue

Touch Iran in a War, You Will Hear Russia and China
With the inclusion of the Chinese, the Russian Federation and Iran are widely considered to be allies and partners. Together the Russia Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Iran form a barrier against the United States.

‘Iran will make world unsafe for US’
An Iranian lawmaker says in the event of US “military adventurism” in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran will respond in the shortest possible time by making the entire world unsafe for Americans.

‘Israel to Give Obama 12 Hours Notice on Attacking Iran’
Israel told visiting US Gen. Dempsey that Obama would get no more than 12 hours notice before an attack on Iran, the London Times reports.

Gaddafi supporters seize control of Libyan town
Fighters loyal to Libya’s overthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi took control of a town south-east of the capital on Monday, flying their green flags in defiance of the country’s fragile new government.

Libya suspends transitional government members
The head of Libya’s transitional government on Sunday suspended delegates from Benghazi, the city that kicked off the movement that toppled ruler Moammar Gadhafi last year.

US-NATO war crimes in Libya
A report released last week by Middle East human rights groups presents extensive evidence of war crimes carried out in Libya by the United States, NATO and their proxy “rebel” forces during last year’s war, which brought down the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Saudi Arabia: the Middle East’s most under-reported conflict
Shia protesters, demanding long overdue and promised reforms, are bearing the brunt of a security crackdown.

Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament meets, rivalries on display
Egypt’s first free parliament in six decades got to work Monday with Islamists holding by far the most seats and opponents comparing their grip on the chamber to that enjoyed by the now defunct party of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he’s launching TV show
…promises controversy

AL mission: Syria violence decreased
Head of the Arab League’s monitoring mission in Syria says violence decreased in the country after the arrival of Arab observers.

Report: Russia to deliver combat jets to Syria
Business daily Kommersant cites source close to Russia’s Rosoboronexport state arms trader, that $550-million deal envisages delivery of 36 Yak-130 aircraft.

Rivalry among Syrian defectors could mean another military coup
Disagreements between the army officers and soldiers could lead to the creation of separate militias, which could make it difficult to build a consensus around a leadership that could serve as an alternative to the regime.

Condolence payments to Afghans total millions
One week after 15 civilians were killed during a U.S. night operation at an Afghan village in 2009, U.S. commanders went to the village and passed out $40,000 in cash “condolence” payments.

U.S. flouts law at Guantanamo, despite Obama vow: U.N.
The United States is still flouting international law at Guantanamo Bay, despite President Barack Obama’s election pledge to shut the facility, the United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday.

UNICEF: 750,000 Yemeni children malnourished

Nigeria: Police confirm 186 dead in Kano blast
The Police authority in Kano on Monday confirmed that a total of 186 persons died from last Friday multiple bomb blast that rocked the ancient city of Kano.

ICC charges four over Kenyan vote violence
Four officials, including two presidential candidates, accused of inciting violence after 2007 disputed elections.

Critics say Haditha sends message that U.S. won’t punish military
Several analysts said they feared that the deal Monday to end Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich’s court-martial in the killing of 24 Iraqis would harden the widespread conviction in the international community that the U.S. does not hold its troops accountable for misdeeds or meet the standards of conduct it attempts to impose on other countries.

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