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Iranian president calls for destruction of Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes that Israel’s existence is an offense to humanity and should be destroyed, he said at Tehran University on Friday, Interfax reports.The president added that a new Middle East would be formed without Zionists or Americans.The speech was made to mark the day of solidarity with Palestine in the fight against Israel. It has been the harshest criticism Iran's leader has made against Israel in the last few years.

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Anti-Israeli protests in Iran

Iran has marked solidarity with Palestine by organizing anti-Israeli protests, Svoboda reports.Protesters were carrying Palestinian flags and banners with “Death to Israel” inscriptions. Such protests have been held annually in Iran since the revolution in 1979.Israel and Iran have tensions over Iran's nuclear program. Western states suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons.

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Egyptian president to visit Iran on August 30

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will attend the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran on August 30. Morsi will make the first visit by an Egyptian president to Iran after diplomatic relations between the two states were broken off in 1980, when Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty, RIA Novosti reports.Morsi will arrive in Iran after a visit to China on August 27-29.

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New Israeli ambassador to Georgia Yuval Fuchs has arrived in Tbilisi, the embassy said on Thursday, Trend reports. The ambassador will enter upon his official duties after presenting his credentials to the Georgian president. Itzhak Gerberg, who was replaced by Yuval Fuchs as ambassador, had already left Georgia.

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Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted U.S President Barack Obama's pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons, world media report. "I am convinced this is an American interest. I am convinced (President Obama) recognises the American interest and he isn't saying this just to keep us happy. I have no doubt about it, after having had talks with him," Peres told Israel's Channel Two television.

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US does not expect Israel to strike Iran

 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta does not expect Israel to strike Iran and believes that negotiations on the nuclear program should continue, Interfax reports.Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren warned that there was little time left before Israel takes military action. Israeli officials say that Iran is close to building nuclear weapons. 

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In the last 10 years Azerbaijan has taken important steps forstrengthening the military air fleet.According to reports presented by the purchasing and sellingcountries, Azerbaijan bought 47 military aircraft and 109 helicopters fromvarious countries over the last 10 years. Azerbaijan added morethan 30 unmanned aerial vehicles to the arsenal of the Armed Forces,APA reports.During analysis of reports, Azerbaijan bought military aircraft from 4

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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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