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[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday named an old army friend from a rival political party as his new home front minister, amid growing concern here about preparedness for the response to a potential attack on Iran this fall.
The new minister, Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet — Israel’s version of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — will resign his Parliament seat and quit the centrist Kadima Party to join Mr. Netanyahu’s government. The current home front minister, Matan Vilnai, is becoming ambassador to China.
Mr. …

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[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Firefighters and police were called to a blaze at the Islamic Center in Joplin, Missouri – where around 125 members of the local Muslim community pray – at around 3:40am (0840 GMT), according to the FBI’s Kansas City office.
“The building was completely destroyed,” said Sharon Rhine, a spokesman for the local Jasper County Sheriff’s office. No one was wounded in the incident.
“No one was apprehended. They don’t want to call it a hate crime without information or knowledge of having someone to charge,” Rhine said.
Monday’s fire followed an attack on …

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[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

In controversial remarks, Mr Alexander suggested that keeping Britain’s gold-plated triple-A rating should not be the Government’s biggest priority.
The senior Liberal Democrat’s comments come days after George Osborne, the Chancellor, declared that Britain’s top rating was a sign the “world has confidence” in the Coalition’s efforts to reduce the deficit.
The Chancellor has repeatedly emphasised that Britain’s prized rating is crucial to win the respect of international investors and keep borrowing costs low.
However, Mr Alexander told the BBC that “what matters” is economic policies that help reduce unemployment and boost growth.
“The …

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[5 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

A UN special envoy says human rights remains the greatest challenge facing the Burmese administration.
Quintana completed a six-day investigation into sectarian violence in the western Rakhine state and more than a year of heavy fighting between troops and insurgents from an ethnic minority in the northern Kachin state.
His inspection of Burma’s two trouble spots comes at a time of growing optimism in the West that the once-pariah nation is on the path to political and economic reform since a nominal civilian government came to power following an election in November …

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[4 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor slammed Syria for its chemical weapons and warned the UN General Assembly about their potential use on Friday.
“We should not pretend that a regime that cuts the throats of children today will not be prepared to gas them tomorrow,” he said.
“Assad must know that he will be held accountable for using these weapons,” he asserted during a session that saw Syria censured by the General Assembly.
Some 132 countries joined Israel in approving the Saudi-drafted resolution during Friday’s special session. Twelve countries, including Russia and …