Diplomats blast ‘forced transfer’ of Palestinians

Mercenary? Venezuela Detains US Man at Border Crossing
President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez says security forces have detained a US citizen under suspicion that he is a mercenary or foreign agent, and insinuated the man could be part of a possible future effort to destabilize the South American nation if the opposition’s candidate loses in the upcoming presidential election.

Diplomats blast ‘forced transfer’ of Palestinians
Consul generals, diplomats from around the world visit Palestinian villages slated for evacuation to make way for IDF training zones. PM Fayyad: This is not Israeli land. If they want to practice military training, they should go elsewhere

Barak: US now shares Israel’s sense of urgency on Iran, but there are ‘differences’ on how to go forward

U.S. still believes Iran not on verge of nuclear weapon
The United States still believes that Iran is not on the verge of having a nuclear weapon and that Tehran has not made a decision to pursue one, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Saudis warn will intercept Israeli jets
Saudi Arabia warned it will intercept Israeli fighter jets that enter its airspace en route to an attack on Iran, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth says.

South Korea resumes Iranian oil supplies

Egypt May Be Hyping Sinai Offensive For Israel’s Sake
The ostentatious crackdown reportedly didn’t impress Sinai residents, who saw no evidence of fighting and witnessed soldiers firing into the air.

Egypt’s Brotherhood says Mossad behind Sinai attack

Egypt launches first air strike on militants in Sinai since 1973, killing at least 20
Strikes follow clashes between armed men and security forces at several security checkpoints in the Sinai region, and deaths of 16 border guards last week.

Britain faces legal challenge over secret US ‘kill list’ in Afghanistan
Afghan man who lost relatives in missile strike says UK role in supplying information to US military may be unlawful

Uniformed Afghan kills 3 U.S. troops in apparently premeditated assault
KABUL, Afghanistan — A gunman in an Afghan uniform shot and killed three American service members in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Friday, in the latest of an intensifying spate of so-called green-on-blue attacks.

Iran urges Syrians to talk after Tehran meeting
Iran urged Syrian rebels on Thursday to start talks with President Bashar al-Assad about political reform and said it won international support at a meeting in Tehran for such a strategy to end the conflict.

Iran backs Assad in Syria crisis and blames ‘warmongering’ US
Tehran officials go to Damascus over pilgrims affair, and reach out to Turkey, Lebanon and Qatar in diplomatic offensive

Intervention is now driving Syria’s descent into darkness
Western and Gulf regime support for rebel fighters isn’t bringing freedom to Syrians but escalating sectarian conflict and war

Hundreds of rebels in Syria leave Aleppo after relentless shelling by regime forces
Rebels abandon the frontline they had held for the last 12 days.

Pentagon wades into territorial dispute between China, Japan with surveillance

Amnesty International: An Instrument of War Propaganda?

Of Mice And Men: The Execution of Marvin Wilson
Texas accomplished this unrepentant bit of business despite a 2002 decision of the United States Supreme Court styled Atkins v. Virginia, a ruling which many of us at the time believed meant the end of executions for men, like Wilson, whose simple minds could not fathom the concept of the act.

The Great Impostors
In the name of saving the natural world, governments are privatising it.

Deadly church attack in central Nigeria
Gunmen shoot dead at least 19 people, including the pastor, in church in town near city of Okene, an army official says.

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