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Russia expels Israeli military attaché

Source : AP
MOSCOW | 20 May 2011

An Israeli military attaché to Moscow who was expelled from Russia last week was carrying secret information when he was detained, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Vadim Leiderman was apprehended in Moscow on May 12, caught red-handed receiving classified information from a Russian citizen, the statement said.

Leiderman was declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave the country, which he did, the statement said.


Palestine should have ’67 border: Obama

Source : Barbara Ferguson | Arab News
WASHINGTON | 19 May 2011

US President Barack Obama, in a major Mideast policy speech Thursday, said the political changes in the Middle East and North Africa mark a "new chapter" in American diplomacy, and that the future of the US is bound to the Middle East and North Africa by the forces of economics, security, history and fate. He also called on the Israelis to withdraw to pre-1967 borders.


US defense and security firms seek new Saudi deals

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 18 May 2011

Executives from more than 20 US defense and security companies came to Riyadh May 14-17 in search of investment opportunities.

“The size and quality of the delegation demonstrate the eagerness of US companies looking to expand their role in developing the Saudi defense industry, ” said US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) President and Managing Director Edward Burton.


Ahmadinejad rubbishes US's Bin Laden story

Source : Fars
TEHRAN | 17 May 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the US allegations about the hunt down of the Al-Qaeda Leader, Osama bin Laden, as an act staged on the world scene to secure a victory for the US ruling party in upcoming elections.


Stockholm has plans to add six new mosques to the city's current two

Source : Islam Today
Stockholm | 19 May 2011

Stockholm's Muslims pray in overcrowded mosques. The Stockholm region presently has only two mosques to accommodate all of its Muslim residents.

Now six new mosques are being planned for the metropolitan area. Three mosques are planned for the city itself: in Skärholmen, Rinkeby and Tensta. A three further mosques are planned to be built in the Stockholm suburbs of Haninge, Botkyrka and Nacka.


Obama to deliver a speech on 'Arab Spring'

Source : Al Jazeera
Washington : 19 May 2011

US president Barack Obama will announce economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia during a speech on the Middle East on Thursday, but White House officials are saying little about how he will address key policy issues after months of revolution and unrest in the region.


Turkey's ruling party heading for another election victory

Source : Xinhuanet
Ankara | 19 May 2011

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is heading toward an easy victory in the upcoming June 12 elections as an opinion poll showed Wednesday that 45.5 percent of voters support the party.

The AKP, led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saw its votes decrease by one percentage point from the votes its scored in the last general elections in 2007, the daily Aksam ( Evening) reported, citing the survey of polling company IKSara.


Is it worth it? Pakistan, US weigh aid calculus

Source | Reuters

Muhammad Farooq waits by his truck outside the Pakistani border town of Chaman, the main crossing into southern Afghanistan. He has driven several hundred kilometers from the port city of Karachi carrying supplies for NATO forces, along with a couple of dozen other tankers and trucks.

“We will start moving soon in a convoy,” says Farooq. “We are regularly attacked in this area. We are attacked with sticks, stones and even fired upon.”


Heritage show highlights Kingdom's historical importance: Sultan

Source : Arab News
ST. PETERBURG | Russia : 17 May 2011

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev jointly opened a Saudi heritage exhibition at Hermitage museum here Monday and said the show reflected the Kingdom's historical importance.


US troops face increasing dangers in southern Iraq

Source : Rebecca Santana | AP
BAGHDAD | 17 May 2011

American forces are facing an increasingly dangerous environment in southern Iraq, where Shiite militias trying to claim they are driving out the US occupiers have stepped up attacks against bases and troops.

The uptick in violence serves as a warning about what American forces could face if US and Iraqi officials come to an agreement about keeping more US troops in the country past Dec. 31.


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