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24 Jun 12

President-elect Morsi seeks ‘to conquer Jerusalem,’ says Ambassador Zvi Mazel
Israel must brace itself for a deeply problematic period in its relations with Egypt, a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt said Sunday afternoon, responding grimly to the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s president. While Israel’s political leadership issued no immediate response to the election result, and the Foreign Ministry also had no immediate comment, ex-envoy Zvi Mazel was unequivocal in expressing his concerns. Incoming president Morsi seeks the destruction of Israel, charged Mazel, who was Israel’s ambassador to Cairo in the late 1990s. “He has said he wants to conquer Jerusalem.” 

Egypt election commission: Islamist Mohammed Morsi wins presidential runoff
Egypt's election commission has declared Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt's first free elections by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. The commission said Morsi won with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq. A huge crowd of Morsi supporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and dancing when the result was read out on live television. 

Gulf states hope for US action on Iran
A nuclear Iran would be a clear and present threat to pro-U.S. regimes in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, and would lead to a regional and global slippery slope of violence that would severely undermine the U.S. economy and national security. A top official from Bahrain told me, at the office of a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, that “Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expect the U.S. to alter its policy and resort to steps which are required to remove the Iranian nuclear threat.” 

Eyeballing Iran? US commissions 361 cruise missiles
The United States has commissioned 361 new Tomahawk cruise missiles, and some 238 of them are meant to find their way to the Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, Ynet learned on Sunday. According to the Business Insider, the deal – inked on the backdrop of repeated deadlocks in the nuclear negotiations between the West and Iran – may suggest that the US is gearing for a possible military campaign against the Islamic Republic. 

Egypt braces for announcement of president
Egyptian police were ordered to confront any attempt to break the law with decisive force ahead of the announcement Sunday of a new president as soaring tensions in the country raised fears of a new outbreak of political violence. In Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the pro-democracy uprising, a swelling crowd of thousands gathered in sweltering midday heat awaiting the announcement. 

Quake in southwestern China kills 2, injures 100
A moderate earthquake Sunday toppled houses in a mountainous part of southwestern China, killing two people and injuring at least 100, state media said. The magnitude-5.7 quake was centered near the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces where many Yi ethnic minority live, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It said the casualties occurred in Yunnan's Ninglang county and Sichuan's Yanyuan county, where many houses collapsed. 

Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf of Mexico
Tropical Storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, interfering with oil and gas production and putting officials on alert for flooding and strong winds from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. 

Enemy’s interests within range of Iran’s missiles: general
The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said that the enemy's strategic interests in the region are within the range of Iranian missiles, Mehr News reported. "In our strategic planning, we have defined a radius named the radius of deterrence, which includes all strategic interests of the enemy in the region, so that we can manage the battle at any level in case of the outbreak of war," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said during a televised interview broadcast live on Iranian television on Saturday. 

Stop asking for more help, Germany tells Greece
Greece's new government should stop asking for more help and instead move quickly to enact reform measures agreed to in return for previous bailouts from its European partners, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Sunday. 

Any attack will cause end of Israel, warns Iranian general
Any attack by Israel against Iran would lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, a senior Iranian general said Saturday. "The Zionist regime cannot do the least against Iran but if the regime still considers any military attack against us, then it would cause its own end and collapse," General Mostafa Izadi, Iran's deputy chief of staff, told Fars news agency. 

Turkey calls Nato meeting on warplane downed by Syria
Turkey has called a meeting of Nato member states to discuss its response to the shooting down of one of its warplanes by Syrian forces on Friday. Ankara has invoked Article 4 of Nato's charter, under which consultations can be requested when an ally feels their security is threatened, officials say. Earlier, Turkey's foreign minister said the F-4 Phantom was in international airspace when it was shot down. 

David Cameron suggests cutting housing benefit for under-25s
The prime minister has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill. Scrapping the benefit for that age group would save almost £2bn a year. In an interview in the Mail on Sunday, David Cameron said he wanted to stop workers resenting people on benefits.

PM: IDF will use more force to fight terror, if necessary
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday stated that, "the IDF will act forcefully against those who are trying to harm us, and if necessary, will act even more forcefully. Our policy is to use force in order to return security and quiet to the residents of the South." Netanyahu made the comments at Sunday's cabinet meeting following continued terrorist rockets from Gaza and airstrikes from the IDF over the weekend. 

23 Jun 12

U.S. concerned Israel may launch attacks on Syrian WMD sites
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. officials said. Syria’s arsenal remains vulnerable as the result of the internal conflict currently underway in Syria between government forces and opposition rebels, one official said. 

Syria rebels accused of massacring 25 people in village
At least 25 people have been killed and their bodies mutilated by "terrorists" in northern Syria, state media report. The Sana state news agency cited sources as saying the victims had been abducted earlier on Friday from Darat Izza, a village in Aleppo province. Activists said 26 government supporters had been shot dead by rebels. 

Egypt presidential poll results 'due on Sunday'
The delayed results of Egypt's presidential run-off will be announced on Sunday, the election commission has said. It has been considering appeals by the two candidates - Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and the former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. They have both claimed victory and say they will appoint unity governments. 

Flooding hits northern England after torrential rain
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued 50 flood warnings and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has three in place. Some homes in the Lancashire areas of Croston and Darwen were evacuated after nearby rivers burst their banks. Up to 500 properties flooded overnight in north-west England, the EA said. 

Assad forms new government, keeps top ministers
Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree to form a new government on Saturday, shaking up many cabinet posts but keeping the heads of the interior, defense and foreign ministries, state television reported. The reappointment of Defense Minister Daoud Rajha will quash widespread rumors, previously denied by the government, that he had been assassinated by rebels who are struggling to bring down Assad's rule. 

Gul: Turkey can't ignore that Syria shot down jet
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Saturday it was not possible to ignore the fact that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet and said everything that needed to be done following the incident would be done, Turkish media reported. "It is not possible to cover over a thing like this, whatever is necessary will no doubt be done," Gul told reporters from the central Anatolian city of Kayseri. 

Iranian commander warns Israel against any attack on Iran
A deputy chief of staff of Iranian Armed Forces warned Israel against any military aggression on the Islamic republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday. Israel lacks the courage and ability to harm Iran and in case it launches any attack on Iran, it will lead to an immediate end of Israel's existence, Major General Mostafa Izadi told Fars on Saturday. 

In North Korea, learning to hate US starts early
A framed poster on the wall of a kindergarten classroom shows bright-eyed children brandishing rifles and bayonets as they attack a hapless American soldier, his face bandaged and blood spurting from his mouth. 

Iran opposition head says West must end appeasement
An Iranian dissident leader urged major powers on Saturday to stop appeasing Tehran and start supporting opposition groups after the latest round of talks on Iran's nuclear program ended in deadlock. Maryam Rajavi, who heads the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also accused the United States of dragging its heels on a decision to remove her group from its terrorist list. 

Gay Activists Visiting White House Take Photos of Themselves Flipping Off Reagan Portrait
Gay activists from Philadelphia posed for pictures while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan during a recent trip to the White House, according to Philadelphia Magazine: 

Turkey deputy PM says downed jet not a warplane: TV
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Saturday a jet that was shot down by Syria a day earlier was not a warplane but a reconnaissance aircraft, state television TRT reported. 

Egypt waits for president - Islamist or an army man
Egyptians were waiting for a president on Saturday, the first they have had a chance to choose for themselves, and one who will either be yet another military man or an Islamist from the army's old adversary the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Thousands flee homes threatened by Utah fire
Thousands of residents whose homes are being threatened by a Utah wildfire have had to find shelter elsewhere as high winds fueled a blaze that officials believe was started by target shooters. Residents of at least 2,300 homes in northern Utah were evacuated Friday, a day after the more than 6-square-mile fire started near the Saratoga Springs landfill, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. High winds then helped fan the flames onto tinder-dry grasslands. 

Israel bombs Hamas targets in Gaza as truce unravels
Israel launched air raids on Hamas security targets in Gaza on Saturday, wounding more than 20 people including a baby, medical officials in the Islamist-ruled territory said, as militants stepped up rocket fire, wounding an Israeli man. 

Oil near $91, up from 18-mth low; as Gulf storm builds
Brent oil futures closed about 2 percent higher near $91 a barrel on Friday as it rebounded on bargain hunting after prices earlier fell to an 18-month low and U.S. crude futures rose in reaction to a potential storm in the Gulf of Mexico that could disrupt production. 

Vilnai: Israel cannot remain silent in face of escalation
Israel cannot remain silent in the face of continued rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i said Saturday morning. Vilnai visited the afflicted areas of Sderot and Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, as rockets continued to rain down in the region leaving one man moderately-to-severely injured Saturday morning in the Sderot area. Two other residents suffered shock in the Palestinian attack, and a factory sustained some damage.
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