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U.S. military could hit Iran harder than Israel: Panetta

WASHINGTON — A US military attack on Iran would do more damage than a strike carried out by Israeli forces, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday in an interview. The United States and Israel disagree about the imminence of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and Panetta’s comments underscored…

Twin blasts hit Egypt gas pipeline: officials

CAIRO — Two explosions on Monday hit a pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel and Jordan, marking the 13th such attack in just over a year, security officials said. Six gunmen in an unmarked vehicle set explosives in two different parts of the pipeline, about 15 metres (yards) apart,…

Israeli settlements not ‘constructive’ says U.S.

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday that Israel’s settlement activity was not “constructive” for Middle East peace after a committee approved a plan for 500 new homes in the northern West Bank. An Israeli committee legalized the outpost of Shvut Rachel, which had been unauthorized. Officials said the committee…

Netanyahu meets with top U.S. advisor amid Iran tension

A top US security official was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday amid rising concerns over Iran and ahead of a trip by the Israeli premier to Washington. The White House has said that National Security Advisor Tom Donilon would talk to senior Israeli officials on…

Thai police seek new Iranian bomb suspect

Police in Thailand said Friday they were hunting for a fifth Iranian suspected in a failed bomb plot in Bangkok that has sent tensions between Israel and Iran soaring. The tourist magnet has stepped up security following Tuesday’s blasts, the third bomb incident to shake world capitals in less than…

Hezbollah denies role in Israel diplomat attacks

BEIRUT — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday denied his Lebanese militant party had any role in a series of attacks on Israeli diplomats. “Regarding the explosions that took place in India, Georgia and Thailand, I can tell you categorically that Hezbollah has nothing to do” with them, he said…

Palestinian hunger striker to petition top Israel court

JERUSALEM — The lawyer for an interned Palestinian who has been on hunger strike for 59 days said on Tuesday that he would ask Israel’s supreme court to overturn a military order imprisoning his client without trial. Attorney Jawad Bulus said he would file an urgent request to the Jewish…

Israel general strike ends after four days

JERUSALEM — Israeli unions announced on Sunday they were ending a general strike on its fifth day, after reaching an agreement with treasury officials that will boost salaries and benefits for contract workers. At a joint news conference, the head of the Histadrut trade union confederation and Finance Minister Yuval…

Pacifists protest possible war against Iran

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Saturday in New York and pacifist groups took to the streets in dozens of other US and Canadian cities in a “Day of Mass Action” against a possible war with Iran. About 500 protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square and marched to the headquarters of the…

Gaza protesters hurl shoes as UN’s Ban begins visit

UN leader Ban Ki-moon came under a brief shower of shoes as he entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday, hours after a barrage of rockets was fired from the territory into Israel. As the UN chief entered the Palestinian territory, protesters threw shoes, sand and small stones at his convoy, which…

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