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Disputes among Israeli leadership about attack on Iran's nuclear facilities

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister EhudBarak would like to attack Iran's nuclear facilities this autumn, buthave not found support among the command of the army and securityservices, a leading columnist wrote today in one of the leading newspapersof the country, "Yediot Ahronoth", RIA-Novosti reports."It is no less significant that not one senior official in theestablishment -- not in the military, nor in defence establishment,nor even the president (Shimon Peres) -- currently supports an Israeli

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North Caucasus presents culture at London Olympics

Russia.Park organized a presentation of culture of peoples of the North Caucasus at the Olympic Games in London today. Islamey, a folk group from Adygeya with over 100 songs, started the presentation. Over 1000 spectators arrived to watch.

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Iran may lose Russian support over lawsuit

Russia may stop supporting Iran, unless it withdraws the case on S-300 complexes, Kommersant reports.Iran filed a lawsuit against Rosoboronexport (Russia) worth $4 billion to the International Arbitration Court of Geneva.Russia and Iran signed a contract on the S-300 complexes in late 2007. Russia was to ship 5 S-300 PMU-1 anti-missile complexes worth $800 million. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree scrapping the shipments, according to the fourth UNSC resolution against Iran of June 9, 2010.

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Saudi Arabia threatens to shoot Israeli planes down

  Saudi Arabia has warned Israel that its planes would be shot down if they attack Iranian nuclear facilities, Newsru.co.il reports.Israel believes that the warning was provoked by the US to avoid a unilateral attack of Israel on Iran.Israel may attack Iranian nuclear facilities through Jordan and Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Turkey. The shortest way lies through Jordan and Iraq.  

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Suspected murderer of Iranian nuclear specialists admits training in Israel

14 Iranians suspected of killing nuclear specialists have admitted training in Tel-Aviv, Interfax reports.Maziar Ibrahimi said that three groups of terrorists had been formed for the plot. One terrorist was driving in front of a scientist to slow him down. Two bikers were following the scientist with bombs.One of the suspects said that the operation was financed by the US and Israel. He went to Turkey first, then to Cyprus and then to Tel Aviv.

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 Israeli Minister of transport Israel Kats and Georgian minister of Economy Vera Kobalia discussed the question of the abolition of the visa regime between the two countries, Trend reports, referring to the Georgian Ministry of Economy.“The abolition of visas will increase travel between the two countries, which will be beneficial for their economies,” Kats said.The sides also signed an agreement on air connections. 

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Israeli president arrives in Greece

Israeli President Israeli President Shimon Peres has arrived at the palace of Greek President Karolos Papoulias. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attended their meeting, RIA Novosti reports.Peres plans to discuss hydrocarbons of the Eastern Mediterranean and gas transportation to Europe. Greece may transit gas from the Middle East to Europe.The Israeli leader will discuss the revolution in Syria against its President Bashar al-Assad.

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Gabriel Mirelashvili: "Israel to invest in Georgia"

Interview by Petr Lyukimson, Tel Aviv, exclusively to VKGabriel (Constantine) Mirelashvili, the president of the World Congress of Georgian Jews, the vice president of Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC), a businessman, spoke about the Jews living in Georgia to VK. - Mr. Mirelashvili, how do you see the task of the World Congress of Georgian Jews?

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16 Egyptian soldiers killed at Israeli border

The Abu Salem border post on the Egyptian-Israeli border has been attacked, resulting in 16 Egyptian soldiers killed, RIA Novosti reports.Unidentified assailants arrived in two armored vehicles. They attacked the border guards with knives, then fired several anti-tank rockets. The clash happened east of Ash-Sheikh Zavid, 17 extremists were killed. Helicopters were mobilized.The situation in Rafah normalized. The local control post connects Egypt and Gaza.

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 French newspaper Liberation published an article today entitled “Putinshows mercy to Pussy Riot” (“Poutine se fait clément pour les PussyRiot”), which discusses the statement about the punk-singers Vladimir Putin made yesterday in London after talks with DavidCameron: “There is nothing good in what they have done. Nevertheless,I do not think that they should be judged severely for what they havedone”. “The Russian man of power has a habit of making carefully-thought-out

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Private companies to help Iran bypass oil embargo

250 private companies will export Iranian oil, Trend cites Hasan Hosrojerdi, head of the Association of Oil, Petroleum and Gas Exporters of Iran.Three consortiums will be founded. One has already been established with 65 private companies.OPEC said that Iran exported 2.537 million barrels daily in 2011, 2.583 in 2010 and 2.406 million in 2009.The Iranian parliament permitted private companies to export oil. They were allowed to sell 20% of all petroleum exports, about 400,000 barrels daily.

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Ruben Safrastyan: “It is too early to speak about Assad’s replacement by the Muslim Brotherhood”

Interview by David Stepanyan, Yerevan. Exclusively to VKThe Head of the Oriental Studies Institute of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, Professor Ruben Safrastyan, told VK about the reasons for the Syrian crisis, the Iranian and Kurdish factors in further developments in the Middle East and the fate of Syrian Armenians.-          Many Armenians have already left Syria. Do you see a threat of elimination of the Armenian diaspora in Syria?

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US Congress passes new sanctions against Iran

The US Congress has passed a new package of sanctions against Iran. The Senate will consider them before next week. Sanctions will affect companies involved in Iranian uranium exports, providing Iran with oil tankers, insuring the state company National Iranian Tanker, companies cooperating in the fuel and petroleum industry of Iran and its infrastructure, and those providing equipment to silence radio and TV signals.

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