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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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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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