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Israeli PM announces off-year elections

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced off-year parliamentary elections, Gazeta.ru reports.Elections were initially planned for 2013. The unscheduled elections were prpvoked by disputes over the budget.Netanyahu hopes that Likud, the ruling party since 2009, would get the parliamentary majority. The prime minister’s rating remains high. 

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Iranian offshore oil platforms under cyber attack

 Iran’s offshore oil and gas platforms were the targets of the cyber attacks aimed at crippling the country. All threats were repelled and Israel was behind them, said Mohammad Reza Golshani, Iran’s IT head, Russia Today reports referring to Reuters.Golshani added that the attack happened over the past couple of weeks, was routed through China, and affected only the communications systems of the network.

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Gaza opens mortar fire at Israel

 The Eshkol District of Israel was attacked with mortar fire from the Gaza Sector last night, Interfax reports.About 20 mortar shots were made. No reports on casualties have been made yet.The attack from Gaza was a response to Israel’s air raid at Rafah on the border of Gaza and Egypt to kill two suspected terrorists. 8 civilians, including three children, were injured in the raid. 

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Hundreds of students in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have condemned the US-made sacrilegious movie that insults Prophet of Islam Mohammad (PBUH), Press TV reports. The students took to the streets on Friday to denounce the anti-Islam film. They chanted slogans against the US and Israel and carried placards in condemnation of the recent insults to Islamic sanctities.

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Iran urges to pressure Israel, forcing it to join NPT

The international community should urge Israel to accede to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Iranian ambassador to the UN in Vienna, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said.According to him, Iran will never "recognize the Zionist regime," Interfax-Azerbaijan reports.

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 The Iranian mission to the UN has rejected recent remarks by the Canadian foreign minister against Tehran’s nuclear energy program, describing Israel’s nuclear weapons as the one and only source of threat in the Middle East and beyond, Press TV reports.  In a speech at the UN General Assembly on October 1, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird claimed that a nuclear Iran posed the most significant threat to global peace and security.  

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Iranian president blames western states for instability

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that presence of western states in the Gulf was the reason for instability, Trend reports.Concerning negotiations with six mediators, Ahmadinejad said that he had made propositions and expects a response. He noted that the country was ready for an attack from Israel.The president emphasized that not a single state has ever won a war against Iran.

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British newspaper the Guardian published today an article entitled"Binyamin Netanyahu demands 'red line' to stop Iran nuclearprogramme." "Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has calledon the international community to set a "clear, red line" to stop Iranmaking a nuclear weapon, a line he claimed would be reached as earlyas next spring," the article reads.

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Iranian president predicts arrival of savior

 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made a speech at the UN General Assembly for the 8th time and his last time as the president, concluding his second 4-year terms, RIA Novosti reports.Ahmadinejad said that hegemon states threaten others with armament drive and nuclear weapons. He mentioned Israel as an example.The Iranian president predicted arrival of a holy savior for the rebirth to the world. 

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Ehud Barak initiates evacuation of Jewish settlements from the West Bank

The Defense Minister of Israel Ehud Barak proposed the evacuation of dozens of Jewish settlements from the West Bank of the Jordan River, even if talks with Palestine remain deadlocked. He is sure that such a step will promote relations between Israel and its neighbors in the region, Europe, and the US.The critics of the minister who heads a small and unpopular left party Atsmaut see the election background in his statement, RIA Novosti reports.

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Yerevan hosts international music festival

Yerevan has opened the 6th International Music Festival “Return” (September 24 – October 31), as stated by Mariam Shaginyan, founder and head of the Gallery of Arts Foundation, RIA Novosti reports.Musicians and orchestras arrived from Israel, Germany, France, Denmark, Portugal and Armenia.The Israeli orchestra of Avner Biron with celloist Levon Muradyan will perform the works of Joseph Haydn, Antonin Dvorak and Noam Sherif, a 20th century Israeli composer.

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