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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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Syria at a turning point. View from Israel

Israeli experts worry that, in case of the collapse of Assad’s regime, the civil war in Syria won’t stop, in fact it will only just begin. The waves of this war will strike both Turkey and Israel.

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US searching for diplomatic solution to Iranian nuclear program

The US Congress plans a new package of sanctions against Iran this week. An observer in Washington, Josh Rogin, believes that a new bill will be presented on Tuesday morning and voted for on Wednesday. The Senate could pass it on Thursday or Friday. The bill is developed by the bank committee of the Senate and the international committee of the House of Representatives.

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"Mitt Romney likely to get a warm welcome in Israel" is an article published by the Washington Post on the eve of Mitt Romney's trip to Israel. The article discusses the interview published by Israel's Haaretz daily, in which the presidential candidate suggested that if elected he would support Israeli politics. "Romney’s remark touched on a widespread perception here that the Obama administration has distanced itself, in policy terms, from its key ally in the Middle East.

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Georgian border guards rescue Israeli tourist

 Georgian border guards have rescued Levi Ienudit, an Israeli tourist, who was caught in a rockfall at the Chaladi Glacier at the Svaneti Region, Trend reports.The tourist received first aid and was hospitalized to Mestia with a broken leg. 

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Israel says only force can stop Iranian nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met US candidate for president Mitt Romney and said that international sanctions and negotiations have failed to slow down the Iranian nuclear program, RIA Novosti reports.Romney will compete with President Barack Obama during the elections on November 6. He visited Israel and met Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would back Israel if it were to decide it had to use military force to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, a senior aide said on Sunday, Hurriyet Daily News reports.   "If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision," Romney's senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters travelling with the candidate.  

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Notion of Syria power transition "an illusion": Iran FM

The idea of a managed transition of power in Syria is an "illusion," Iran's foreign minister said on Sunday, as his Syrian counterpart expressed Damascus' commitment to international mediator Kofi Annan's peace plan. Moualem said Syria was also committed to Annan's six-point plan that aims to end 16 months of violence in which 18,000 people have been killed,

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UN chief urges Syria to reject chemical weapons

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday demanded the Syrianauthorities to declare the renunciation of the use of chemicalweapons, regardless of the situation in the country or abroad, Reuters reported."I demand ... that the Syrian authorities categorically state that inany circumstances they will refrain from the use of chemical weaponsor other weapons of mass destruction" - Ban Ki-moon said at a pressconference in London, which was held with participation of Minister ofForeign Affairs of the UK, William Hague.

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Israeli Information and Diaspora Minister to Visit South Caucasus

At the end of August the Minister of Information and Diaspora of Israel Yuli Edelstein will make a tour of the South Caucasus, portal IzRus reports citing a diplomatic source in Yerevan. According to preliminary information, he will be accompanied by "the head of one of the relevant governmental departments on the trip."The councilor to the Minister, Tina Landsman has confirmed the information on the preparation of the Caucasus tour of Edelstein. She noted that now the issue is still under study and the details will be announced later.

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"The fact that some Syrian border posts are no longer controlled by troops loyal to Bashar al-Assad but by Syrian Kurdish rebel groups, and that Kurdish flags have been raised in some Syrian border towns with Kurdish populations, has seriously disturbed the Turkish government," the article by Murat Yetkin published by Hurriyet reads. 

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Iranians hack 220 Israeli websites

Iranians have hacked 220 Israeli websites to commemorate the death of nuclear specialist Dariush Tezainejad, Trend reports on Thursday.The Ditakadrz group of hackers attacked websites of the education center of Israeli security services and financial centers servicing credit cards.

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 Hurriyet published an article  by Mehmet Ali Birand headlined "Both Turkey and Israel are losing their influence."  "An Israel not backed by Turkey, which cannot establish a dialogue on certain topics, regardless of its military power, regardless of the fact that the United States backs it, nevertheless feels isolated in the region, or at least is perceived that way," the article reads. "Israel, just like us, is bound to wrestle with the major issues of the region." 

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Israel offers to improve ties with Turkey

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had the first meeting with Turkish journalists since the start of the long diplomatic crisis of Israel and Turkey. Netanyahu said that the two states are strong, sustainable and key countries of the instable region, ANS reports.Israel reduced exports to Turkey by 26% in Q1 2012. The main export goods to Turkey are refined oil and chemicals. Israel reduced its position in the list of top trade partners of Turkey from 3rd to 6th.

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Iran has 11,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment

Iran has increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium from 10,000 to 11,000, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, RIA Novosti reports.The IAEA reported about 10,000 centrifuges enriching uranium to 20% on May 25. 9,333 of them were in Natanz and 696 at Fordu near Kum.Experts say that 20%-enriched uranium may be turned into 90%-enriched for nuclear weapons.

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