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Pentagon Chief Hagel Stresses Israel’s Right to Hit Iran

Chuck Hagel, on his first visit to Israel as Defense Secretary, said the U.S. and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Iran, which he described as a combination of nuclear ambition and support for terrorism. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel looks at pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during a visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum ... Read More »

US Waits to Question ‘Boston Bomber’

A top US interrogation group is waiting to question the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested late on Friday when he was found seriously injured in a suburban backyard after a huge manhunt. He is under armed guard in hospital. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the suspect was stable, but not yet able to communicate, reports the BBC. The ... Read More »

Syria: Assad Warns Jordan as Southern Border Boils

Bashar al-Assad’s first public warning to Jordan over its role in channelling Islamist Sunni Muslim rebels to southern Syria, close to Damascus, points to a president increasingly rattled by the threat of a push against his stronghold in the capital. Assad told Jordan this week it would be playing with fire by supporting the rebels, saying the Western-backed kingdom was just as vulnerable as his ... Read More »

Obama Vows Justice for Boston Blasts

US president calls perpetrators “small and stunted individuals” as he speaks at interfaith service for victims. Barack Obama, the US president, has said perpetrators of blasts that killed three and injured 176 people in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, will be held “accountable”, adding that the US will not “cower in fear”. Speaking at the interfaith service dedicated to those gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s ... Read More »

North Korea offers talks but U.S. wants “clear signals”

North Korea offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for talks, including the lifting of U.N. sanctions, but Washington said it was awaiting “clear signals” that Pyongyang would halt its nuclear weapons activities. In a sign of a possible end to weeks of heightened hostility on the Korean peninsula, the North’s top military body said the denuclearization of the ... Read More »

Iran Slams Western Presence in the Gulf

The Iranian president has slammed the West for its naval presence in the Gulf while the country’s army commanders warned Israel against any military strikes on Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday “foreign presence” was the source of insecurity in the Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway through which about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes. Iran, on the ... Read More »

Pakistan court orders Musharraf’s arrest

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf in connection with charges relating to his clash with the judiciary in 2007 when he was still in power, his spokesperson has said. Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered Musharraf be detained in connection with allegations that he committed treason when he sacked senior judges and declared emergency rule as he struggled to hold on to ... Read More »

Obama Sent Poison Letter—Leadership

United States authorities on Wednesday intercepted a letter to the White House that tested positive for ricin poison. The US Secret Service said in a public statement that it has acknowledged the letter addressed to President Barrack Obama and it contained ricin, a deadly suspicious substance. Earlier on Tuesday, United States lawmakers revealed that a letter addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) had tested positive ... Read More »

Margaret Thatcher: Queen leads mourners at funeral Previous—BBC

The Queen has led mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral at the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s longest serving prime minister of modern times. More than 2,000 guests from around the world paid their last respects at the biggest such occasion since the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002. Thousands of members of the public and the armed forces lined the funeral procession route through London. PM ... Read More »

Israel seeks to end Palestinian prisoner’s hunger strike

Israel said it is willing to hand over the prisoner to the EU or a UN member state. Palestinian and Israeli officials are seeking a compromise to end the hunger strike of a Palestinian prisoner whose on-off fast has lasted more than 250 days and stoked weeks of street protests. Samer al-Issawi, a 32-year-old from an Arab suburb of Jerusalem, is receiving some nutrients via ... Read More »

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